In the past, Borgata ranked as one of the tour's most popular spots. Although the shrinkage that has characterized the Jonathan Little has never won this tournament, although it seemed he either won or final-tabled every other one last season en route to the WPT Season 6 Player of the Year title. It looks like this could be shaping up as his best shot, however, as he floated up to a stack in the $170k range nearing the end of play and looked to be among the leaders.
That is, until we caught a glimpse of the numbers on WPT Season 6 Bay 101 champ Brandon Cantu, who somehow slid under the radar all day. Having amassed over $240k and at least a strong claim for the end-of-day chip lead, Cantu took two harsh hits in the last 20 minutes to end around $180k.
Meanwhile, the relatively unknown Onofrio Reina, who cashed for close to $50k in a couple of prelims here at the Borgata Winter Open the last time the WPT was in town, got it up over $200k and kept it there, ending near $240k and first in chips.
David Pham, Scott Seiver and Michael DiMichele.
After eight levels of poker we were left with just 310 players all hoping for a chunk of that $5 million prize pool, and PL.com will be back when they are, on Monday, to capture all the action as it happens.
Until then there's really only a few things that can make us happy:venturing upon rolled-up aces over kings, check-raising stupid, unsuspecting tourists and taking huge pots off them, playing high-limit Hold'em all night long at the Taj where the sand turns to gold and amassing stacks and towers of chips we can't even see over.
Fortunately, we're here in Atlantic City and the Taj is right up the road, making all of the above, and possibly some kind of I-bluffed-Johnny-Chan story, entirely feasible.