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WPT -- Borgata Poker Open Day 1A

The First Flight Attracts 326 Players in Atlantic City


Ray HensonThe first day of play at the World Poker Tour $3,500 no-limit hold’em championship event at the Borgata Poker Open attracted 326 players today in Atlantic City. By the end of the night that original field had shrunk to 168 players, and those survivors will be back in action for day 2 on Monday, September 21. Tomorrow will feature day 1B action and the field is expected to be much larger.

Many players surged to large chip stacks early in the day to start the tournament. Among them were Ray Henson and Chino Rheem, who each jumped above 100,000. While Henson survived the day with 120,000, Rheem was not so lucky. He met his doom in successive hands, first he ran into the quad deuces of an opponent, and then he was finished off when he moved all-in preflop and saw another opponent turn up pocket aces.

Players that had a strong day and find themselves near the top of the leader board along with Henson include chip leader Frank Molinari (169,000), Soheil Shemseddin (145,000), and Steve Brecher (139,150). Jonathan Little and Michael Binger each ended the day with more than 100,000.

Here is a list of the notable eliminations on day 1A: Dwyte Pilgrim, David Baker, Allen Bari, Alex Bolotin, Amnon Filippi, Cornel Andrew Cimpan, Chino Rheem, Jeremy Joseph, Steve Dannenman, Quinn Do, Steven Levy, Victor Ramdin, Tony Cavezza, Kenna James, Nick Binger, J.C. Tran, and Card Player Player of the Year leader Eric Baldwin.

Here is a look at the top 10 chip counts:

Frank Molinari: 169,000
Jeremy Brown: 156,425
Sonny Waila: 155,625
Soheil Shamseddin: 145,000
Steve Brecher: 139,150
David Filippi: 124,850
Ray Henson: 120,000
Jonathan Little: 110,700
Michael Binger: 110,325
Chris Reslock: 98,000

Day 1B begins tomorrow at 11 a.m. EDT. Check back in at the end of play for a recap of the day’s events on



almost 13 years ago

The Borgata needed only 281 players on Day 1B to avoid an overlay, and this morning's Parkway traffic suggests that they probably reached it. Event 1 of WSOP-Europe, a $1570-ish buy-in, also drew over 600, but with a lot more star power due to the allure of a bracelet. It'll be interesting to see if the Oracle's crystal ball is working and they get close to the 1000 he predicted.