While Winter Storm Juno battered most of the Northeast, including the vast majority of New Jersey Monday night into Tuesday, Atlantic City dodged the worst of things and suffered just a light dusting. It was good news for those still in the 2015 World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Poker Open, and with no delays to the start and no serious closures things went off without a hitch on Day 2.
A few big stacks emerged as the final hours of play rolled on Tuesday evening, and a close race for the chiplead ended with four players over 700,000 – two of which cleared 800,000 in the final few hands of the night. Justin Lunin-Pack claimed chipleading honors by bagging 837,500, but Tim Bishop (804,000), Gary Wong (720,000) and She Lok Wong (705,500) are each positioned well heading into a critical Day 3 Wednesday.
Their the lead pack among the 136 who made it through Day 2, with Aaron Massey (507,000) and WPT Champions Club member Shawn Cunix (476,000) also ending the night in the top 10. Other former WPT Champions who bagged an above-average stack include Andy Frankenberger (404,000), Andy Hwang (368,000), James Calderaro (307,500) and Jared Jaffee (267,500). The rest of the chip counts are rife with notables, including WPT commentator Mike Sexton and actor James Woods.
They’re all playing for a first place prize of $712,305, a seat in the season-ending WPT Championship, a spot on the WPT Champions Cup, a pair of Gold Monster 24K headphones and a Hublot watch among other prizes. A total of 90 players – just over 66 percent of the remaining field – will make the money. A mincash is worth $6,965, and the top seven finishers will all receive a six-figure payday.
Almost three-quarters of the field that began Day 2 won’t have a chance for a share of that prizepool. All three BLUFF.com Season XIII WPT Ones to Watch who began the day hit the rail before the dinner break. Garrett Greer held on for dear life for some time before falling, and he was soon followed by WPT first-timer Kristy Arnett – who talked about that experience shortly after her bust. Jose Serratos held on the longest, but he would soon meet his end as well.
ClubWPT qualifier Edward Auh made a nice run before going out on Day 2, and DraftKings satellite winners Mike Gogliormella and Evan Bacheller met the same fate. One DraftKings qualifier – Robert Lokken – is, however, still in the hunt going into Day 3.
The 136 players left in the mix will come back at 12 pm Wednesday, and by the end of the night the field will have blown through the bubble and run deep into the money. Stay tuned for highlights from all the action from the floor here at Borgata throughout the week here at BLUFF.com.
2015 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open – End of Day 2 Chip Counts
- Justin Lunin-Pack – 837,500
- Tim Bishop – 804,000
- Gary Wong – 720,000
- She Lok Wong – 705,500
- Rachel Kranz – 550,000
- Michael Wang – 540,000
- Aaron Massey – 507,000
- David Eldridge – 500,000
- Shawn Cunix – 476,000
- Dan Wach – 448,500
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