As expected, Day 1A of the Borgata Open brought out some big names as 460 players turned out for the first of two opening days Sunday. Day 1B for the $3,300 + $200 event is today.
Among the chip leaders after Day 1A is Vanessa Selbst at number two with 198,675 in chips.
Also among the day 1A chip leaders is Will “The Thrill” Failla, who won more than $750K at the WPT’s Legends of Poker Main Event last month, the first WPT event of the season. Failla is a common site at Borgata events and told WPT.com that he calls Atlantic City and the casino home.
He was in fourth on the chip count with 189K.
The chip leader is Abraham Korotki, of Bethany Beach De. with 260,100 in chips. Korotki is also an experienced A.C. player with numerous cashes in the resort and close to $700,000 in tournament winnings. Much of those winnings came form a 1st at the 2006 WSOP Circuit event at Harrah’s, where he won $433K.
Some other notables seen on Day 1A are Dwyte Pilgrim, Maria Ho, Roy Winston, Gordon Eng, Chris Bell, Steve Danneman, John Racener, Jeff Madsen … It’s kind of a long list.
Still, many of these pros, such as Pilgrim, will be re-buying today.
Even though the championship event is underway, there are still some other tournaments today including a $270 + $30 + $100 Black Chip Bounty NLH at 3pm and a $150 + $30 NLH at 6pm.
Meanwhile, The Tropicana’s bad beat jackpot apparently survived the weekend (unless it hit late Sunday) and is at $516,000.
So it’s a busy Monday in A.C.