Lemke, Bowker in Front at WPT Borgata Day 2

Brian Lemke
Pennsylvania poker player Brian Lemke holds a big lead on Day 2.

Two Day 1 flights are down at the WPT Borgata Poker Open with 2009 WSOP bracelet winner Brian Lemke leading the 625 players who made it through to Day 2.

Lemke finished Day 1B with 272,575, roughly 70,000 more than circuit regular Kyle Bowker who sits in second place.

Joining Lemke and Bowker with a top-ten stack on Day 2 is Kyle Frey, who won the $2k heads-up event at Borgata last week.

Here are the top ten chip counts as Day 2 begins:

Brian Lemke – 272,575
Kyle Bowker – 201,000
James Poper – 185,100
Robert Boyko - $173,100
Kyle Frey – 168,025
Brandon Vargas – 166,850
Carl Pipitone - 159,100
Chad Power – 158,250
Raid Etayiyim – 150,700
Michael Melkerson – 148,900

Greenstein, Mortensen Among Six-Figure Stacks

Narrowly missing out on a leaderboard spot was Barry Greenstein who finished his Day 1 heat with 144,700.

Barry Greenstein
Greenstein won his first WPT title back in 2004.

Other name players who eclipsed the 100k mark include Carlos Mortensen (123,825), recent WPT Paris winner Matt Salsberg (122,600), Jonathan Little (117,775) and Jared Hamby (102,150).

Check out the full Day 2 chip counts on the Borgata Poker Blog.

World Poker Tour stops at the Borgata have historically drawn the biggest fields on the tour, especially since it became a $3.5k buy-in with re-entries. This year the Borgata Poker Open attracted 1,181 entrants, down from 1,313 last year.

110 places in total will be paid with prizes starting at $7,070 and maxing out at the $818,847 reserved for the eventual champion.

Keep an eye on the PokerListings.com Poker News section for daily update as this event plays out in Atlantic City.

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