On Tuesday, the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open continued as the remaining 606 players from a 1,226-entry field returned to compete for a share of a $3,924,426 prize pool. After eight levels of play, the man best positioned to make a run at the $843,744 first-place prize was Mid-States Poker Tour Team Pro Blake Bohn, who finished atop the surviving 150 players with a stack of 807,500.
Others who bagged up big stacks were WPT regular Justin Zaki (618,000); online pro Darren Elias (594,000); and reigning WPT Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja (562,000), who was the subject of a PokerNews feature article earlier this year.
Notable Day 2 Chip Counts
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According to the WPT live blog, defending WPT World Champ Keven Stammen fell in Level 14 (1,200/2,400/400) when he raised all in for 19,000 from early position and received a call from Dan O’Brien in middle position. The player in the big blind called as well, and then the two active players checked it down as the board ran out . Stammen tabled the , but it was no good as the player in the big blind rolled over the for a pair of aces. O’Brien mucked, and Stammen took his leave from the tournament.
John Dibella, a former PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion, fell in Level 15 (1,500/3,000/4,000) at the hands of Bohn, the end-of-day chip leader. Dibella had raised from the button, and Bohn defended from the big blind. When the flop fell , Bohn checked, and Dibella continued for 9,000. Bohn proceeded to check-raise to 22,500, Dibella called, and the appeared on the turn. Bohn led out for 61,000, and then called the shove of Dibella, who tanked for two minutes before committing his last 93,000 with the . Unfortunately for him, he was drawing dead as Bohn had it locked up with the . The meaningless river improved Bohn to a full house, and that was all she wrote for Dibella.
Others who fell on Day 2 included Loni Harwood, Matt Salsberg, Matthew Waxman, Lily Kiletto, Mike Linster, Matt Stout, Melissa Burr, Jonathan Little, Kara Scott, Joe Kuether, Mike Leah, Will “The Thrill” Failla, and Carlos Mortensen.
While hundreds fell, plenty of notables made it through to Day 3 including Day 1b chip leader Darlene Lee (440,000); 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Ryan Riess (388,000); defending champ Anthony Zinno (287,500); WPT champ Cornel Cimpan (285,000); 2005 WSOP Main Event runner-up Steve Dannenmann (283,000); and Day 1a chip leader Ben Bianco (191,000).
The remaining 150 players will return at 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday for Day 3 action. Just 120 players will make the money, meaning 30 will leave empty handed. PokerNews will have a recap upon completion of play and each day until a winner is determined.
*Data courtesy of WPT Live Blog.