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  • 2012 Borgata Poker Open Narrows Field Down After Day 2

    Thursday, September 20th, 2012 by Ryan

We recently wrote about the 2012 Borgata Poker Open, and the fact that it drew in a very nice number of entrants at 1,181. The tournament featured a $3,300+$200 buy-in, and the World Poker Tour event saw the first day’s of action eliminate around half of the field down to 625 players going into Day 2. When Day 2 came to a close though, there were only 174 players left going into Day 3, and the money bubble was set to burst in Day 3. Remember though, this was indeed a rebuy tournament, so some players who cashed had to make a bit of a run in order to get their rebuy money back as well. Going into Day 3, our leader was Orson Young, who had an impressive chip lead over second place Barry Hutter.

While Young is holding the lead on the field, to this point in his career he has never pulled in a major live tournament win just yet. He’s a very young looking player, and while he doesn’t have that big win, he still has quite a few cashes dating back to the start of 2011. Atlantic City (where the Borgata Poker Open is held) is close to his home, and he’s done will here recently. One of his largest cashes came at the Borgata Poker Open last year when playing in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event, in which he pulled in a second place finish that paid him just over $59k. In the Winter Borgata Open, he had a fifth place finish that was worth nearly $12k, and in total he has put together over $150k in his career to this point.

While Young is making an impressive run, his girlfriend Cherish Andrews is doing more than quite well herself. She is sitting in 7th place on the leader board at the end of Day 2, and had 495,300 chips. She is quite the poker player, as she pulled in six cashes at the 2012 World Series of Poker, and also had a fourth place finish at a $1,500 No Limit event also. Her incredible WSOP showing this year drew in over $210k in total winnings. Interestingly, both Young and Andrews were sitting 1-2 in chips at one point in the tournament, thanks to a nice double up that featured some luck. Andrews and her opponent went back and forth betting pre-flop before getting it all-in, as she had Queens and the opponent had Ace’s. Andrews hit a Queen though and that sent her stack upwards.

We’ll keep you updated on the 2012 Borgata Poker Open moving forward. While many people will be rooting for Young to hold on to that chip stack, and of course for a potential final table that could feature him and his girlfriend both in it. There are still some other big names still remaining, but only time will tell if they will make it into the money bubble for the event, which is the top 110.

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