The Return - A Borgata Championship Event

$5,300 The Return ($3,000,000 Guaranteed)
Day: 1a
Event Info

The Return - A Borgata Championship Event

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
ak
Prize
$1,206,097
Event Info
Buy-in
$5,300
Prize Pool
$5,538,700
Entries
1,142
Level Info
Level
34
Blinds
200,000 / 400,000
Ante
400,000
Players Info - Day 1a
Entries
562
Players Left
156

$5,300 The Return ($3,000,000 Guaranteed)

Day 1a Completed

Adler, Smith & Song Among Big Stacks at End of Day 1a in $5,300 The Return

Level 10 : Blinds 800/1,600, 1,600 ante
Dusti Smith
Dusti Smith

Day 1a of the $5,300 The Return as part of The Return - A Borgata Championship Event in Atlantic City has wrapped up after ten levels of play and saw South Carolina's Adam Adler bagging the chip lead with a stack of 366,500, followed closely by Texan Dusti Smith with 355,500.

Not far behind is Stephen Song, who as the tournament played out was officially named both the overall and Mid-Major 2022 Player of the Year.

And Song, who ended the day with 323,000, isn't the only 2022 POY who bagged on Day 1a. GPI Female POY Cherish Andrews will bring a stack of 135,500 into Day 2.

Cherish Andrews
Cherish Andrews

The first of two starting flights of the $3 million guaranteed event attracted 562 runners and only about a quarter of those players made it to the end of the day. Adler is looking to continue his run-good into the new year after finishing fourth in the World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship in Las Vegas in December for $1.6 million. The fifth-place finisher of that event, Frank Funaro, also found a bag and will enter the second day of play with 249,500.

Those are hardly the only notables who survived the day. Other big names include 2021 GPI POY Chance Kornuth, Jesse Lonis, Adam Hendrix, Alex Foxen, Kristen Foxen, Chris Brewer, Nick Palma, Blake Bohn, Dan Zack and Ryan Dodd, who less than 24 hours prior pulled the single $250,000 bounty in $2,200 Mystery Bounty Event.

Ryan Dodd
Ryan Dodd

There were plenty of highlights throughout the ten levels of play on Day 1, including during the first level when Michael Wang made quads against the trips of Martin Zamani to leave the Floridian with crumbs. But Zamani climbed back and managed to bag a decent stack ahead of Day 2.

Another highlight was a serendipitous moment when World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champs Joe McKeehen and Ryan Riess were seated side-by-side, undoubtedly bad news for the player seated to their right. McKeehen fell about halfway through the day while the 2013 champ bagged a stack of 72,500.

Ryan Riess
Ryan Riess

One more starting flight remains and it will play out on Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. local time and will follow the same structure as Day 1a. The survivors of both starting flights will combine for Day 2 on Jan. 6 as the four-day event gets closer to naming a winner.

Stay tuned as the PokerNews live reporting team is here in Atlantic City and will continue covering the $5,300 The Return and other events at The Return - A Borgata Championship Event.

Tags: Adam HendrixAlex FoxenChance KornuthCherish AndrewsChris BrewerDan ZackDusti SmithFrank FunaroJesse LonisJoe McKeehenKristen FoxenMartin ZamaniNick PalmaRyan DoddRyan RiessStephen Song

Assorted Chip Counts

Level 10 : Blinds 800/1,600, 1,600 ante
Player Chips Progress
Adam Adler us
Adam Adler
366,500
Dusti Smith us
Dusti Smith
355,500
Stephen Song us
Stephen Song
323,000 13,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Dan Zack us
Dan Zack
305,500 25,500
WSOP 3X Winner
Jesse Lonis us
Jesse Lonis
281,000 81,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Nick Palma us
Nick Palma
266,600 186,600
Frank Funaro us
Frank Funaro
249,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Adam Hendrix us
Adam Hendrix
222,500
Tom Wheaton us
Tom Wheaton
211,000 119,000
Paulina Loeliger at
Paulina Loeliger
171,000 101,000
Ryan Dodd us
Ryan Dodd
161,000 6,000
Alex Foxen us
Alex Foxen
158,500 -6,500
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Jacob Ferro us
Jacob Ferro
153,000 -57,000
Blake Bohn us
Blake Bohn
139,000 14,000
Cherish Andrews us
Cherish Andrews
135,500 -14,500
Nick Pupillo us
Nick Pupillo
134,500 -185,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
132,500 -2,500
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Chris Brewer us
Chris Brewer
132,000 92,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Kristen Foxen ca
Kristen Foxen
115,000 -115,000
WSOP 4X Winner
Ryan Riess us
Ryan Riess
72,500 -37,500
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner

Day 1a Ends

Level 10 : Blinds 800/1,600, 1,600 ante

Day 1a has ended after ten levels of play with the clock showing 564 total entrants and 153 players remaining.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's events.

Bohn Climbs Back

Level 10 : Blinds 800/1,600, 1,600 ante

The cutoff opened to 3,500 and Dan Zack and Blake Bohn both called out of the blinds.

Zack and Bohn both checked on the flop of {7-Spades}{5-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} and the cutoff checked back. Zack checked again on the {7-Hearts} turn and Bohn bet 11,000. Both opponents laid it down to earn Bohn the pot.

Bohn was down to just a few chips earlier in the day but now is close to bagging a stack of around 125,000.

Player Chips Progress
Dan Zack us
Dan Zack
280,000 -50,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Blake Bohn us
Blake Bohn
125,000 85,000

Tags: Blake BohnDan Zack

Foxen Wins Flip

Level 10 : Blinds 800/1,600, 1,600 ante
Kristen Foxen
Kristen Foxen

Kristen Foxen opened to 3,200 in middle position and the hijack three-bet jammed a stack of 15,100. Foxen called with a bigger stack when the action got around.

Hijack: {2-Clubs}{2-Spades}
Kristen Foxen: {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

The flop landed {k-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} to give Foxen a big lead and nothing changed on the {8-Clubs}{6-Spades} runout to mark the opponent's elimination.

Player Chips Progress
Kristen Foxen ca
Kristen Foxen
230,000
WSOP 4X Winner

Tags: Kristen Foxen

Zack on Top of Latest Counts

Level 10 : Blinds 800/1,600, 1,600 ante
Player Chips Progress
Dan Zack us
Dan Zack
330,000 70,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Nick Pupillo us
Nick Pupillo
320,000 304,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Stephen Song us
Stephen Song
310,000 130,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Martin Zamani us
Martin Zamani
215,000 40,000
Jacob Ferro us
Jacob Ferro
210,000 90,000
Jesse Lonis us
Jesse Lonis
200,000 30,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Ryan Dodd us
Ryan Dodd
155,000 155,000
Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
135,000 -95,000
WSOP 3X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Ryan Riess us
Ryan Riess
110,000 80,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 1X Winner
WPT 1X Winner
Matthew Wantman us
Matthew Wantman
60,000 60,000
WPT 1X Winner
Yi Klassen us
Yi Klassen
50,000 50,000
Blake Bohn us
Blake Bohn
40,000 35,000

Level: 10

Blinds: 800/1,600

Ante: 1,600