WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship Builds $3.9M Prize Pool
The Borgata Winter Poker Open is consistently one of the largest World Poker Tour stops of the year, and 2018 was no exception. The championship event is currently underway and headed into Day 3 today. It blew past its $3 million guarantees with 1,244 entries, building a total prize pool of $3,967,000.
After the final entry was tallied, tournament organizers announced yesterday that the payout structure would extend to 156 players. The day began with 548 survivors from the two starting flights, who were joined by another two hundred more who bought in through the late registration option.
After an intense and action-packed Day 2, the field was reduced to just 159 players, meaning after the first three eliminations today every remaining player is guaranteed a payout.
The chip leader going into Day 3 is A.J. Kelsall of Florida, who boasts more than $1 million in lifetime live poker winnings. Kelsall entered the BWPO hot off his fifth-place finish at a WPTDeepStacks event, the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida.
At the end of the day, Kelsall said that although he plays a lot of poker, this is the first time he has played no-limit hold’em for quite some time. Kelsall told WPT staff he prefers to play triple draw and razz. Despite his feelings about NLH, Kelsall managed to multiply his stack during play on Tuesday.
Tournament organizers are busting out the Action Clock for Day 3, adding to the pressure each player feels as they vie for the $651,928 top prize.