Two days of Day 1 play with re-entries are in the books with 1,042 total entries making it the largest Borgata Winter Poker Open ever.
Thanks to the big turnout the total prize pool has hit $3,335,442 and the eventual champion will take home $730,053.
Off to a good start in search of that big payout are pros Jonathan Little and Joe Serock.
Little, who was the Club WPT player of the day, bagged up 128,800 to end the day in 12th place overall.
Serock, coming off an impressive semi-final finish in the $25k NBC Heads-Up Championship, finished with 105,525 to sit slightly further back with a group of pros bunched around the 100k mark.
Among the pros in that group are Kathy Liebert, Eric Buchman, Matt Glantz and John Racener.
Other pros off to above average starts were Yevgeniy Timoshenko (79,750), Keven Stammen (77,325), Bryn Kenney (75,000) and Matt Affleck (70,350).
Big stacks joining them from Day 1a include Jason Koon, Mohsin Charania, Kevin Saul and Matt Matros.
The top 10 in chips entering Day 2:
- 1. Mark Ketteringham 193,775
- 2. Chris Barnes 189,500
- 3. Filippo Bonura 172,275
- 4. Nimer Ltaif 163,725
- 5. Travis Williams 155,575
- 6. Dean Marco 155,000
- 7. Panayote Alafoyannis 141,300
- 8. Jeff Treadway 139,800
- 9. Nathan Tuthill 133,450
- 10. Simone Zaino 130,175
The remaining 605 players will return to the Borgata for Day 2 today at noon; follow along with the live updates on WPT.com.