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Williams Mashing on Day 2 at WPT Borgata
David Williams is running so well at the WPT Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City, he’s even adopted Jason Mercier’s favorite Twitter hashtag for dominating tournaments - #mashedpotatoes.
Whatever Williams is channeling, it’s working as he had another massive chip-stacking day and heads into Day 3 tomorrow with 727,100 and the chip lead.
One of the big stacks coming in to the day, Williams got off to a slow start and even dropped about half his stack early on to dip to 85k.
He quickly righted the ship however and was back up to his starting stack of 155k by the second break.
By the dinner break a few hours later, Williams had quietly worked his way up to 606k and the chip lead and didn't look back until the day was through.
Maurice Hawkins (646,500), David Jones (643,400), Miguel Perez (553,800) and Andrew Blake (534,000) round out the top 5 in the chip counts.
Other notables who made their way up the counts include Eric "Sheets" Haber (496,400), David Diaz (457,100), Darren Elias (349,600), Erik Cajelais (338,600) and Will “The Thrill” Failla (315,300).
Day 1 big stacks Jeff Madsen and Vanessa Selbst both had up-and-down days but still managed to stay alive to see Day 3.
Selbst had a bit more success than Madsen and will start with 315,200 tomorrow. Madsen will be well below the average stack at just 100k.
Notable players busting out today included Maria Ho, Joe Bartholdi, Kathy Liebert, Christian Harder, Christina Lindley, Gavin Smith and Allen Cunningham.
A total of 175 players will return for Day 4 action tomorrow at the Borgata in Atlantic City starting at 11 am.
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News of the new charges leveled against Full Tilt owners Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson and Rafe Furst didn't go unnoticed at the Borgata either, with several players in action today taking to Twitter to express their feelings about it.
Among them was Williams, who tweeted:
"Times like these make me wanna express how proud and thankful I am to be with the world's largest poker site, @PokerStars."
Kathy Liebert chipped in with:
"I'm happy I never had any deals with FTP. I still can't believe all that player money stolen... so wrong" and "Just because FTP is shady doesn't mean poker is shady but not good for public perception."
Added WPT Host Tony Dunst:
"Feeling worse by the day about the money in my FTP account. Feeling better by the day that I declined being a red pro. #Fuckscammers"