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WPT Borgata Poker Open, Day 2 Recap
Level 1: 50-100, ante
By BJ Nemeth
The 2011 WPT Borgata Poker Open tried the re-entry format for the first time, and it seems to have been a popular addition. Of the players who busted on Day 1a, 143 of them took advantage of re-entry to try again on Day 1b, creating the largest field in WPT history with 1,313 entrants.
Here's a look back at some of the storylines from Day 2:
At the end of the day, it was David Williams who finished with the most chips. So many, in fact, that he completely filled his chip bag.
With 1,313 entrants, this was the largest field in WPT history. At the start of Day 2 (pictured here), there were still 753 players.
Jeff Madsen was the Day 1b chipleader, making him one of the players to watch early on Day 2.
Curiously, somebody survived Day 1 with 17,400 in chips, but didn't write their name or Borgata card number on the chip bag. When Day 2 began, nobody claimed the chips, which were slowly blinded off.
Allen Kessler (background, right) was nearly tied in chips with the mystery stack when this photo was taken, and joked that the missing player would probably outlast him. Kessler's prediction proved to be true, as Kessler busted less than 10 minutes later when his pocket aces were cracked by A-K.
ClubWPT.com qualifier Roman Dworakowski reached his original goal of making it to Day 2, but unfortunately, went no further. Dworakowski was eliminated late in the day.
Chris Bell (left) and Gavin Smith (right) are best friends, and famously won WSOP bracelets on back-to-back days in 2010. On Day 2, they found themselves seated at the same table. Unfortunately, neither would make it to Day 3.
Vanessa Selbst won a huge three-way pot in the middle of the day with a full house to catapult into the chip lead with more than 500,000 in chips.
Shortly before the dinner break, David Williams won a huge pot to leap into the chip lead with more than 600,000 in chips. Williams knew he was battling Vanessa Selbst for the chip lead, and he sent the following Twitter message:
@dwpoker: 606k! Rawr. @VanessaSelbst what you got? #wptBorgata
Todd Terry (left) doubled thru Omar Ghanim (right) after the dinner break, all in preflop with pocket kings against Ghanim's A-K. Unfortunately, Terry would be eliminated in the final level of the day.
WPT announcer Vince Van Patten (right) chats with the most recent WPT winner, Will Failla (left) late on Day 2. The two had played a very competitive game of racquetball the day before.
ClubWPT.com qualifier Billie Drake (background, standing) was eliminated on Day 1b, but returned to the tournament area to check out the progress of one of her favorite players, Vanessa Selbst (foreground, right) on Day 2. While Selbst battled for the chip lead for most of the day, she dropped chips late in the day to finish further back in the field, though still above average.
Former WPT winner Lee Markholt (seated, left) is also pictured, and he finished the day with an average stack.
In the final minutes of the day, Lee Childs (seated, right) won a three-way all-in situation when he caught his open-ended straight draw on the turn against John Del Rossi (standing, center), who had top pair, top kicker.
Childs finished the day solidly above average, while Del Rossi was crippled and will start Day 3 with just three big blinds.
At the end of the night, Maurice Hawkins was second in chips, and gives his thoughts to the WPT cameras. Brandon Novena (top right), who finished fourth in this event a year ago, survived the day with an average chip stack.
Day 1b chipleader Jeff Madsen (left) survived Day 2, but with a below average stack. He came by to congratulate his friend David Williams, who finished as the Day 2 chipleader to become the ClubWPT.com Player of the Day.
Day 2 came to an end with 170 players. Here's a look at the top five chip counts:
1. David Williams - 727,100
2. Maurice Hawkins - 646,500
3. David Jones - 643,400
4. Miguel Perez - 553,800
5. Andrew Blake - 534,000
Day 3 begins today at 11:00 am ET. Stay tuned to WPT.com for live coverage throughout the day.
03:40 AM, 09/21/11