2022 888poker XL Winter Series
$3,500 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship
Days:
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$3,500 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship
Day 1b Completed

Francis Anderson Takes Overall Lead in Day 1b of WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship

MartianNews • Level 8: 400-800, 800 ante
Francis Anderson
Francis Anderson

The second flight of the $3,500 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship saw a total of 683 registration slips sold and when the dust had settled only 396 found a bag. Sitting atop the counts after eight levels of play is Francis Anderson with a stack of 300,100 which is good for the overall lead headed into Day 2.

Anderson flew under the radar for the better part of the day but found a heater during the last level of the night where he rocketed to the top of the chip counts. The Wappingers Falls, NY, native has over $600,000 in live career earnings with his second-best cash coming at the $ 3,500 WPT Seminole Rock & Roll Poker Open Championship in Hollywood this past November when he placed sixth for $111,895. Anderson had two six-figure scores in 2019 and is in a great spot to find his first of this year.

Fan-favorite Craig Varnell found the second largest stack of the flight after bagging 240,600, putting him third on the overall counts headed into Day 2. Three players that round out the top five stacks from this event are Kenneth O'Donnell (224,400), [Removed:150] (223,100), and Taylor von Kriegenbergh (219,400).

Craig Varnell
Craig Varnell

A star-studded field showed up for the last flight of the event including the likes of Joey Couden (197,700), Ian O'Hara (193,700), Amnon Filippi (185,500), Jonas Wexler (184,500), Michael Haberman (119,500), Sam Taylor (107,100), Ari Engel (90,800), Soheb Porbandarwala (82,800), Cliff Josephy (81,100), Vanessa Selbst (75,900), and Peter Walsworth (71,000).

Day 2 will begin at noon when players return to level nine and the late registration period will remain open until the start of level 11. The blinds will remain 60-minutes until the late registration period ends in which they will bump up to 75-minutes in length. The second day of this event will play until the end of level 16 and all players will then bag up and move onto Day 2 where the blinds will again increase, this time to 90-minutes.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be here to provide you with all of the updates, so stay tuned as all of the action unfolds.

Tags: Amnon FilippiAri EngelCliff JosephyCraig VarnellFrancis AndersonHollywoodIan O'HaraJoey CoudenJonas WexlerPeter WalsworthSam TaylorSoheb PorbandarwalaTaylor von KriegenberghVanessa Selbst

Assorted End of Day Chip Counts

MartianNews • Level 8: 400-800, 800 ante
Francis Anderson us
Francis Anderson
us 300,100 -9,900
Craig Varnell us
Craig Varnell
us 240,600 -19,400
Kenneth O'Donnell US
Kenneth O'Donnell
US 224,400 224,400
[Removed:150] US
[Removed:150]
US 223,100 8,100
Taylor von Kriegenbergh us
Taylor von Kriegenbergh
us 219,400 219,400
Michael Cannon us
Michael Cannon
us 210,300 210,300
Joseph Couden us
Joseph Couden
us 197,900 22,900
Ian O'Hara us
Ian O'Hara
us 193,700 -1,300
Andrew Hanna us
Andrew Hanna
us 192,600 192,600
Amnon Filippi us
Amnon Filippi
us 185,500 185,500
Jonas Wexler us
Jonas Wexler
us 184,500 -10,500
Jewook Oh us
Jewook Oh
us 158,700 158,700
Mitchell Mantin us
Mitchell Mantin
us 153,600 93,600
Kou Vang us
Kou Vang
us 137,500 137,500
Jimmy Dang us
Jimmy Dang
us 131,300 131,300
Michael Haberman us
Michael Haberman
us 119,500 69,500
William Zgorski US
William Zgorski
US 112,300 112,300
Jesus Martinez us
Jesus Martinez
us 109,500 109,500
Sam Taylor us
Sam Taylor
us 107,100 -42,900
Jerry Robinson us
Jerry Robinson
us 101,200 -53,800
Patrick Serda ca
Patrick Serda
ca 95,500 -4,500
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 90,800 800
Alex Visbisky us
Alex Visbisky
us 89,200 49,200
Ryan Tamanini us
Ryan Tamanini
us 84,700 24,700
Soheb Porbandarwala us
Soheb Porbandarwala
us 82,800 7,100

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Play Has Halted

MartianNews • Level 8: 400-800, 800 ante
Francis Anderson
Francis Anderson

The Day 1b flight of the tournament has now come to an end after eight levels of play and it looks like Francis Anderson has bagged the biggest stack of the night.

A recap of the day will be posted shortly, along with the end of day counts.

Tags: Francis Anderson

Assorted Chip Counts

MartianNews • Level 8: 400-800, 800 ante
Francis Anderson us
Francis Anderson
us 310,000 257,000
Ian O'Hara us
Ian O'Hara
us 195,000 140,000
Joseph Couden us
Joseph Couden
us 175,000 -15,000
Omer Rotman us
Omer Rotman
us 140,000 60,000
Mark Wahba us
Mark Wahba
us 115,000 5,000
Rob Calabrese us
Rob Calabrese
us 110,000 20,000
Fikret Kovac ba
Fikret Kovac
ba 95,000
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 90,000 25,000
Eric Salazar us
Eric Salazar
us 75,000 75,000
Erik Cajelais ca
Erik Cajelais
ca 70,000 30,000
Jaspal Brar ca
Jaspal Brar
ca 70,000 30,000
Michael Rossito us
Michael Rossito
us 55,000 15,000
Brock Wilson us
Brock Wilson
us 45,000 31,000
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
us 25,000 25,000
Andrew Ostapchenko us
Andrew Ostapchenko
us 11,000 -49,000

Serda Sends One Out the Door

MartianNews • Level 8: 400-800, 800 ante

Patrick Serda called the all-in of an opponent late in the last level of the day and the two turned over their cards with Serda's opponent at risk.

Opponent: {k-Clubs}{j-Clubs}
Patrick Serda: {4-Spades}{4-Diamonds}

The board came down {a-Clubs}{7-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} and Serda's sailboats took down the pot, sending hit opponent out of the tournament.

Patrick Serda ca
Patrick Serda
ca 100,000 26,000

Iadisernia Climbs Near the Top

MartianNews • Level 8: 400-800, 800 ante

The flop read {k-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and two players found all of their chips go into the middle. [Removed:150] had the higher of the two stacks as the players turned over their cards.

Opponent: {k-Clubs}{10-Clubs}
[Removed:150]: {10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

The {4-Hearts} peeled off as a turn card, giving Iadisernia a flush and now he needed to dodge for the pot. A {2-Clubs} landed on the river, shipping the entire pot to Iadisernia who now has over 200,000.

[Removed:150] US
[Removed:150]
US 215,000 100,800

Jackson Continues to Climb

TKBluffs • Level 8: 400-800, 800 ante
David Jackson
David Jackson

We caught up to the heads up action on the {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} board. The player first to act checked and David Jackson bet 4,900 into a main pot of over 13,000.

The player folded and Jackson added another pot to his stack.

David Jackson us
David Jackson
us 140,000 40,000

Tags: David Jackson

Level:
8
Blinds:
400/800
Ante:
800