Selbst, Failla Top the Counts after Borgata Day 1a

Will Failla
Will 'the Thrill" Failla.

Fresh from a 14th-place finish at the Partouche Poker Tour main event in France, Will ‘The Thrill” Failla hopped off a plane and straight to the top of the Day 1a chip counts at the WPT Borgata Poker Open.

Just making it in before Day 1a registration closed, Failla will be happy he made the effort as he ran his stack up quickly to 189,500 and a fourth-place spot in the counts to wrap the day.

Back on his home turf, Failla had a hard time making it to his table even as he was also stopped and congratulated heavily for his recent win at the WPT Legends of Poker event in LA in August.

Joining Failla at the top of the 245 players (out of 460) to survive Day 1a are Vanessa Selbst and Darren Elias, who also had big days to run their counts up to 198,675 and 191,200 respectively and sit second and third for the day.

Abe Korotki holds the chip lead with 260,100, earning him a $5k prize from the WPT for the biggest stack to end Day 1a.

Also making it through the day with chips were Christian Harder (90k), John Racener (71k), Yevgeniy Timoshenko (65k), Brock Parker (64k), Allen Cunningham (50k) and Christina Lindley (31k)

Before they can hit Day 2 however they’ll need to add in the players from Day 1b, already underway today from the Borgata in Atlantic City.

Attendance is expected to be much higher today and, given the new re-buy format introduced on the WPT this year, players who busted on Day 1a can also throw another $3,500 into the prize pool and give it another shot.

Players who busted yesterday and have already bought back in today include WPT Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger, 2010 WPT Borgata Poker Open Champ Dwyte Pilgrim, Olivier Busquet, Gavin Smith, Maria Ho, Jeff Madsen, Dan O’Brien and Matt Affleck.

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