The last two Borgata Open Champions, Dwyte Pilgrim (2010) and Olivier Busquet (2009) have busted out, Jeff Madsen is the Day 1B chip leader with 216,925 in chips and with 1,313 players, the Borgata Open Championship has set a new record for a World Poker Tour event.
You might figure I’d have led with the WPT record, but that was pretty much a given considering the turnout the Open has been seeing this year in all events (more than 1,700 for the opening tournament) and was obvious at the start of play yesterday.
Day 1B saw 853 players turnout, though a significant amount took advantage of the tournament’s Double Play rule and bought in both opening days. Busquet and Pilrim, for example, busted out twice.
Still, the Open breaks its own record of 1,042 set last year at the championship event.
Madsen, who was the Borgata Winter Open Champion last year winning $625,000, told the Borgata’s poker blog that he’s feeling good about playing at the casino and in A.C.
“When you do well at one place there’s a good vibe around it,” said Madsen. “But it’s not all about the money. Yeah it would be great to win $900,000, but for me it’s about the competition and winning and adding to the resume.”
Going into today, he’s No. 2 in chips behind Day 1A chip leader Abraham Korotki, of Bethany Beach Del. with 260,100 in chips.
About 780 players are left.
Here’s the top five chip leaders:
1. ABRAHAM KOROTKI: 260,100
2. JEFFREY MADSEN: 216,925
3. ALEX TODD: 200,000
4. VANESSA SELBST: 198,675
5. EDGAR LEMUS-ARGUETA: 191,925