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Eric Panayiotou Leads the WPT World Championship into Day 2

Level 7: 400-800, 100 ante

Eric Panayiotou
The Season XIII WPT World Championship presented by partypoker and BorgataPoker kicked off on Saturday with Day 1. A total of 234 players took to the felt and after 6 levels of play, 166 players punched their tickets to Day 2.

Leading the way after Day 1 is Eric Panayiotou (pictured above) with 262,400. He is followed by Brian Murphy (256,600), David Stefanski (200,300), Konstantinos Nanos (179,000), Jose Montes (178,000), Oleg Shnaider (177,800), Nick Petrangelo (175,000), Lazaro Hernandez (165,200), and Champions Club member Harry Arutyunyan 162,000).

Others notables who survived include partypoker qualifer (155,000), Tyler Patterson (153,000), defending WPT World Champion Keven Stammen (148,700), Brian Yoon (142,300), Seth Berger (110,600), Jason Mercier (110,900), Nick Schulman (110,700), Champions Club member Lee Markholt (91,500), Loni Harwood (54,900), Champions Club Carlos Mortensen (51,400), POY contender Darren Elias (43,200), partypoker qualifier Michael Azzaro (27,000), actor James Woods (24,500), and WPT DeepStacks POY Ryan Smith (21,900).

Among those who failed to survive the day include Shannon Shorr, Paul Volpe, BLUFF.com WPT Ones to Watch Garrett Greer, and Champions Club members Daniel Negreanu, David Williams, Chino Rheem, and Taylor Paur.

Registration remains open until the beginning of Level 9 (roughly 3:30 pm on Sunday).

Day 2 is scheduled to begin tomorrow (Sunday) at 12:00 noon ET, so be sure to return tomorrow for continuing updates on all the action.

Photography by Joe Giron / PokerPhotoArchive.com

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII, Featured Blog
10:10 PM, 04/25/15

Daniel Negreanu Eliminated by Larry Ormson

Level 6: 300-600, 75 ante

Daniel Negreanu
Harry Arutyunyan opens to 1,500 from early position, Daniel Negreanu calls from the next seat, and Larry Ormson three-bets to 4,700 from the big blind. Arutyunyan folds, Negreanu calls, and the flop is 4club2club2diamond.

Ormson bets 20,000, sending Negreanu into the tank for about three minutes before he raises all in for 20,450. Ormson calls with AdiamondAspade, leading Negreanu''s 10heart10spade.

Neither the 5club turn nor the Jclub river are of any help to Negreanu, securing the pot for Ormson.

Larry Ormson - 53,000 (88 bb)
Daniel Negreanu - Eliminated

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Daniel Negreanu, Larry Ormson, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:25 PM, 04/25/15

Harrison Gimbel vs. Esther Taylor-Brady

Level 6: 300-600, 75 ante

On a flop of KdiamondQspade4club, Esther Taylor-Brady checks from the small blind and Harrison Gimbel bets 1,500 from the hijack. Taylor-Brady check-calls and they watch the 8club fall on the turn. 

Both players check and the 7diamond is the river card. Taylor-Brady checks and Gimbel fires 5,100. Taylor-Brady tanks for a few moments and then calls. Gimbel shows AspadeKspade, giving him top pair, and Taylor-Brady mucks. 

Harrison Gimbel - 66,300
Esther Taylor-Brady - 59,200

Sorted In: Esther Taylor-Brady, Harrison Gimbel, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:19 PM, 04/25/15

Four More Hands

Level 6: 300-600, 75 ante

With 10 minutes remaining in the final level of the night, the clock is paused, and each table will deal four more hands before wrapping up for the night.

We will post an unofficial leaderboard soon after that, but the official chip counts won't be released until late tonight.

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:18 PM, 04/25/15

Paul Volpe Eliminated by Brian Murphy

Level 6: 300-600, 75 ante

With the board showing [KsQhJs-5c] on the turn and about 20,000 already in the pot, Brian Murphy moves all in from middle position, and Paul Volpe goes into the tank.

Volpe says something along the lines of "I'm not sure I can fold this," and thinks for a while longer before he calls with KclubJclub for two pair, kings and jacks. But Murphy turns over Aclub10heart for the flopped ace-high straight. Volpe needs to improve to stay alive.

The river card is the 2diamond, and Murphy wins the pot with his ace-high straight to eliminate Volpe from the tournament.

Brian Murphy  -  228,000  (380 bb)
Paul Volpe  -  Eliminated

Sorted In: Brian Murphy, Paul Volpe, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:17 PM, 04/25/15

Kevin MacPhee Eliminated by Simon Lam

Level 6: 300-600, 75 ante

Simon Lam raises to 1,400 fom under the gun, partypoker qualifer Michael Azzaro calls from the cutoff, Kevin MacPhee calls from the button, and Darren Elias three-bets to 5,300 from the small blind. Lam calls, Azzaro folds, and MacPhee four-bets all in for about 19,300, Elias folds, and Lam calls.

Lam: 10club10diamond
MacPhee: AclubQspade

The board runs out 10heart4heart2spade7heart8heart, giving Lam a set of tens to eliminate MacPhee.

Simon Lam - 127,000 (211 bb)
Kevin MacPhee - Eliminated

Sorted In: Simon Lam, Kevin MacPhee, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
09:09 PM, 04/25/15

Coming Soon: WPTDeepStacks Iowa (May 1st-4th)

Level 6: 300-600, 75 ante

The WPTDeepStacks Iowa kicks off at the beginning of next month (May 1st-4th) at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa. It's an $1,100 buy-in event with a guaranteed prizepool of $100,000.

For more information and a promo code for a special rate on hotel rooms, check out the tournament information page by clicking here.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, WPTDeepStacks, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
08:57 PM, 04/25/15

Paul Volpe Knocks Out a Player

Level 6: 300-600, 75 ante

A player is all in from the hijack for a little more than 20,000 with 10spade10heart, and he needs his hand to hold to stay alive against the AheartKdiamond of Paul Volpe in middle position.

The board comes 7spade4heart3diamond9heartKclub, and Volpe pairs his king on the river to win the pot and eliminate his opponent from the tournament.

Paul Volpe  -  54,000  (90 bb)

Sorted In: Paul Volpe, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
08:53 PM, 04/25/15

Trips For Berkey

Level 6: 300-600, 75 ante

Matt Berkey leads out for 2,500 out of the small blind on the turn with the board reading Aspade4spade4club2heart. The player in the cutoff calls and they are heads-up to the Tdiamond river. 

Berkey leads out again, this time for 7,500 and the cutoff tanks for afew moments before calling. Berkey tables Jdiamond4heart, giving him trip fours and the cutoff mucks his hand. Berkey moves over the six-figure mark after dragging the pot. 

Matt Berkey - 121,000

Sorted In: Matt Berkey, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
08:39 PM, 04/25/15

Kornuth Runs Into Trips

Level 6: 300-600, 75 ante

Chance Kornuth bets 3,200 out of the big blind with the board reading Kdiamond8diamond6spadeKclub. The button calls and the river is the 7spade

Kornuth checks and the button bets 8,000. Kornuth tanks for a minute and then tosses in a call. The button shows Kheart3spade and Kornuth mucks his hand. 

Chance Kornuth - 48,000

Sorted In: Chance Kornuth, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
08:29 PM, 04/25/15



Eric Panayiotou 262,400 
Brian Murphy 256,600 
David Stefanski 200,300 
Konstantinos Nanos 179,000 
Jose Montes 178,000 
Oleg Shnaider 177,800 

Average Chip Count: 70,481
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Players Remaining:

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Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 75-150 25
2 100-200 25
3 150-300 50
4 200-400 50
5 250-500 75
6 300-600 75
7 400-800 100
8 500-1,000 100
9 600-1,200 200
10 800-1,600 200
11 1,000-2,000 300
12 1,200-2,400 400
13 1,500-3,000 500
14 2,000-4,000 500
15 2,500-5,000 500
16 3,000-6,000 1,000
17 4,000-8,000 1,000
18 5,000-10,000 1,000
19 6,000-12,000 2,000
20 8,000-16,000 2,000
21 10,000-20,000 3,000
22 12,000-24,000 4,000
23 15,000-30,000 5,000
24 20,000-40,000 5,000
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