Day 1b of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Winter Poker Open has come to an end in Atlantic City, New Jersey with Matt Itkin at the top of the field on Monday. Itkin bagged up 221,200 chips to claim the chip lead. Other large stacks at the end of eight levels were Barry Hutter (191,300), Cathy Dever (169,600), Brent Roberts (167,400), and Walter Fisher (166,400).
When registration closed on Day 1b, 629 entries had taken to the felt. Only 375 would survive, bringing the total field size to 989. Around 530 players will return on Tuesday for Day 2 with Ami Alibay's Day 1a stack continuing to be the best Canadian representation. Prizepool and payout information will be available after the start of play.
A full player list was unavailable at the end of play, but it looks like there were no well known Canadian players in the field on Day 1b. A few notable pros who are moving on to Day 2 include Anthony Zinno, Matthew Waxman, Vinny Pahuja, Chance Kornuth, local partypoker Pro Jamie Kerstetter, Matt Stout, Byron Kaverman, Shawn Cunix, and partypoker Pros Mike Sexton and Tony Dunst.
That day was not a success for a few other familiar faces. Ronnie Bardah, Paul Volpe, Matt Matros, Kevin Saul, Amanda Musumeci, and Ebony Kenney were a few who missed their last chance to move on.
Play is set begin at noon ET on Tuesday for Day 2 action. Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada to see how the action plays out and if Team Canada can make a charge.
Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.