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Borgata Winter Poker Open Day 1A

Big Field Flocks to Atlantic City for $3K Event

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Bill EdlerThe World Poker Tour may have abandoned the Borgata and this year's Winter Poker Open, but the players certainly have not. With the down economy, Tournament Director Tab Duchateau and his staff made the decision to lower the main event buy-in to $3,000.

So far, with day 1A in the books, the players have responded strongly by flocking to Atlantic City for a shot at the $2 million-guaranteed prize pool. When registration had finally ended, a grand total of 438 players had shown up for the first starting day. Tournament officials are expecting an even bigger field tomorrow, meaning the eventual winner will take home more than $500,000 when all is said and done.

Despite the reduced buy-in, the players started with an astounding 50,000 in chips and 75-minute levels. Everyone was deep, but the eight scheduled levels made sure to chop the field down considerably. In the end, 284 players survived to move on to day 2, when the field combines on Tuesday.

Among the notables in field were Brian Haveson, Maria Ho, Amnon Filippi, Robert Varkonyi, Ari Engel, John D'Agostino, Eric "rizen" Lynch, Brett "gank" Jungblut, Young Phan, Jacobo Fernandez, Bill Edler, Tom Dobrilovic, Vinny Pahuja, Will "The Thrill" Failla, Beth Shak, Chris Grigorian, "Captain" Tom Franklin, Tristan "Cr8tive" Wade, and Gordon Eng.

Here were the top stacks at the end of the night:

  1. Hamid Kashvari -- 237,100
  2. Jerry Maher -- 226,000
  3. Jason Cossifos -- 222,7000
  4. Joel Shuruf -- 221,700
  5. Michael Contessa -- 221,400
  6. Alex Kuchik -- 215,100
  7. Philip Gurian -- 213,100
  8. Bill Edler -- 189,600
  9. Michael Shapira -- 184,600
  10. Antonio Cavezza -- 184,200