WPT Borgata Poker Open Entry Field Does Not Disappoint

This year, like the seven years before it, the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open Championship event attracted more than 1,000 entries, proving that this is a competition that does not disappoint. Approximately 415 players entered the first starting flight of the Championship event on Sunday. Another 700-plus players bought into the second starting flight.

All together the tournament tallied 1,179 entrants. The impressive field amassed an equally impressive $3.77 million prizepool, setting the first place prize at a hefty $821,811. Plus, this year the Borgata and WPT will award the winner a fancy-schmancy watch – the Hublot King Power Unico Carbon and Red watch. You know a watch is awesome when it has five or more words in its name.

The top 110 players in this competition will make it in the money, which has not been reached yet. Day 2 wrapped up Tuesday night, leaving 159 players going into Day 3 today. A few famous faces came into the tournament and some of them are already out, such as WSOP November Niner Cliff Josephy. He was eliminated by current chip leader Taha Maruf, who has 794,000. Just behind Maruf is Ari Engel with 747,000

This competition with its consistently large entry field is a testament to the popularity and staying power of Atlantic City's largest casino poker room. At a time of turmoil for New Jersey's gambling industry, with a game-changing vote looming in November and more casino closures predicted on the horizon, the Borgata has held strong.

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