Sunday marked the kickoff of the 2012 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open. After eight 75-minute levels of play, Day 1a ended with Robert Boyko as chip leader. He bagged up 173,100 in chips, and from the starting field of 374 players, only 200 remain.
In an interesting twist to the WPT, rebuys have been allowed at this event, making things slightly different than the more common reentry format the WPT often uses. On the two starting days, Day 1a and Day 1b, players are allowed to rebuy as often as they'd like throughout the first four levels. Those not making it through from Day 1a can also reenter on Day 1b.
Because of this rebuy format, not many notables hit the rail on Day 1a; however, a few did. WPT Champions Club members Gavin Smith, Andy Frankenberger and Will “The Thrill” Failla were all eliminated, and joining them were Jeff Madsen, Steve Dannenmann, Jesse Sylvia and Matt Glantz.
Another notable player to hit the rail, Mike “Little Man” Sica, was eliminated in a three-way clash between Jared Hamby and Richie Marshall during Level 5. According to the WPT Live Updates team, the blinds were at 100/200/25 and a board of was in the middle between the three players. The three players got all the chips in, and Hamby revealed and was ahead of Marshall's and Sica's . After the completed the board on the river, both Marshall and Sica were headed out the door.
Failla was eliminated during Level 6 with the blinds at 150/300/25 when his lost to Jake Schwartz's after the board ran out .
There were plenty of well-known players who made it out of Day 1a and did so with healthy chip stacks. WPT Champions Club members Barry Greenstein, Shawn Cunix and Carlos Mortensen each bagged over 100,000, and the WPT's own Tony Dunst concluded his day with 125,000.
Others who advanced were Allen Kessler, David Williams, Eric Baldwin, Vinny Pahuja, Matt Affleck, John Racener and former WPT Borgata winner Dwyte Pilgrim.
The cards will be in the air at 1200 EDT (1700 BST) for Day 1b, and another few hundred players will be in the mix. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for the daily recap and the progress toward another WPT champion takes places.
Data and photo courtesy of WorldPokerTour.com.