Borgata Poker Open Draws in 1,110 EntrantsWednesday, September 19th, 2012 by Ryan
The World Poker Tour’s Borgata Poker Open typically draws in a large number of players year in and year out, but the 2012 event featured a very nice prize pool thanks to a large number of entrants. While the total number of entries were at 1,181, some of those entries came from the fact that some of the players bought in multiple times through the rebuy option. In total, the prize pool got to a very nice $3.9 million, and first place was going to be awarding $818,000 to the eventual winner of the event. The total number of entrants was 50 more than last year’s total, which shows that poker is simply continuing to grow all around the world. It’s especially nice to know this as there were other tournaments going on currently as well.
The rebuy period for this event was for the first four levels, but the rebuy period was done quite a bit differently. In order for players to rebuy for the tournament they actually had to go up to the cage to rebuy, and were then randomly given a completely new seat. This made things interesting for players, as it gave them the chance to completely restart at a new table against completely new players.
This year’s Borgata Poker Open featured a whole lot of big named poker pros on both of the two starting days. A few that you may know who did well throughout the first day were Tony Dunst, Jonathan Little, Brian Lemke, Barry Greenstein, Carlos Mortensen, Darren Elias, and Matthew Salsberg. After the end of Day 1a and Day 1b these players all found themselves at the top of leader board. A few other players that you may know who made it through to Day 2 though as well are going to include Olivier Busquet, Allen Kessler, Matt Glantz, Jeff Madsen, David Williams, Allen Cunningham, Eric Baldwin, Joe Cada, Victor Ramdin, Will Failla, and Mike Sexton.
When all is said and done at the 2012 Borgata Poker Open there will be 110 players bringing in a profit (unless they rebuy and are one of the first players knocked out of the cash). While first place will make over $818k, second place will take home $488k, 3rd place gets $298k, 4th place will get $250k, and 5th place will get over $206k. Day 2 is going to feature 625 players starting the day, and we should be down quite a bit in terms of remaining players when Day 2 comes to a close.
With all of the big named players remaining in the event, it’s safe to say that we could be seeing a big run from one of these players. Obviously the tournament features a large number of well-known players still remaining just from the list above, so don’t be surprised to see someone who you know well remaining late. We’ll keep you updated on how this tournament goes as the event rolls on.