Low Buy-in, Big Turnout
The funny thing about poker opens is that you never know when a big crowd is just going to suddenly show up for an event.
Take event 12 of the Borgata Open, a seemingly innocuous $200 + $30, NLH event on the schedule that was played Wednesday. Lo and behold, the tournament drew 963 players.
The lower buy-in certainly allowed for a few more re-buys (which went to level 8), but that number almost matches the 970 that turned out for the Open’s kick-off event (also on a Wednesday).
The tournament drew a $192,600 total buy-in an paid its winner, Edward Grau of Middle River Md. $42,044.
The Borgata reports that the tournament, which had registration lines out the door, was so popular they had to split play between the signature room and poker room.
It’s probably a sign of the economic times, but it looks like low buy-ins are attracting the most attention at the open.