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BORGATA WINTER POKER OPEN



Borgata Winter Poker Open
2006, Jason Kirk  

The first day of action at the newest tournament on the World Poker Tour was fast and furious. The Borgata Winter Poker Open was only announced a relatively short time ago, but a healthy field of 381 players showed up at Atlantic City's flagship casino for a shot at a $1.17 million first prize. The first day of action saw the blind go from 25-50 all the way up to 500-1,000 with a 100 ante. That generated enough action to whittle the field down to 164 players by the end of the day.

There were plenty of notable names playing well throughout the first day. Erik Seidel finished near the top of the leaderboard with over $130,000 in chips. Father-son combo Barry Greenstein and Joe Sebok survived into the second day - Greenstein held onto $75,700 in chips, while Sebok ended with just over $90,000. 2005 WSOP Main Event runner-up Steve Dannenman survived with over $72,000 going into the second day's play, putting him just ahead of other notables such as Ted Forrest, John Spadavecchia, Scotty Nguyen, Andy Black, and Bill Edler. Bringing up the rear with $30,000 or less in chips were familiar faces such as Gavin Smith, Doug Carli, J.J. Liu, Michael Tait, Kenna James, Chris Reslock, and Jean-Robert Bellande.

Some of the first day's notable bustouts included Surinder Sumar, Amir Vahedi, Stephen Benton, Irv Gotti, David Levi, James Giordano, Allen Cunningham, Padraig Parkinson, Fritz Stoner, Chris Bell, Eric Weiner, Scott Neuman, William Failla, Chad Brown, David Harris, Neal Gersony, Badih Bounabura, David The Dragon Pham, Matthew Hoagland, Josh Arieh, Steve Jacobs, Nick Schulman, Larry "Zekeness" Lawson, Chip Jett, Bill Gazes, Paul Darden, Phil Ivey, Mike Gracz, Laura Fink, Emad Alabsi, an Shak, Dax Funderburk, Antonio Tarver, Al Ardebili, John Gale, Olga Varkonyi, Pat White, Layne Flack, David Oppenheim, Jerry Burgess, Manny Minaya, Russell Rosenblum, Arnold Spee, Victor Ramdin, Carlos Zambrano, Daniel Shiff, John Phan, Bruce Yamron, Eric Froehlich, Philippe Rouas, James Van Alstyne, Massoud Nikjouian, James Salters, Nenad Medic, Tom Sipes, Roland Israelashvili, Arthur Azen, Frank Kassela, James English, and Wayne Stock.

Play resumes Monday, January 30th, at 12 PM EST.

Borgata Winter Poker Open
$9,700+300 No Limit Hold'em Main Event
$3,695,700 Prize Pool
381 Players
Day One Results


1 Cliff "Johnny Bax" Josephy 386,200
2 Peter Delamos 361,300
3 Joseph Miceli 179,700
4 Michael Hickman 174,900
5 Frank Vizza 147,800
6 John Cullen 137,000
7 Erik Seidel 130,300
8 Eugene Todd 126,300
9 Tom Martelli 123,300
10 Feming Chan 122,900
11 Alex Cameron 122,100
12 Robert Brobyn 119,600
13 James Fletcher 117,300
14 David Lewis 111,100
15 David Williams 111,000
16 Marc Nantais 110,600
17 Paul Snead 109,700
18 John Dulti 107,600
19 Kenny Schuyler 102,700
20 Ylon Schwartz 101,100
21 Manny Syragakis 95,600
22 Billy Kaczynski 93,700
23 Michael Esposito 90,900
24 Rich Aquino 90,800
25 Alan Schriw 90,800
26 Louise Francoeur 90,500
27 Joe Sebok 90,200
28 Lee Biars 90,200
29 Erick Linderman 90,200
30 Sean Armstrong 89,800
31 Marc Lunenfeld 87,000
32 Nikolaos "Nick" Frangos 86,500
33 Andy Schwartz 85,500
34 Vinod Vangimalla 81,400
35 Glen Theobald 80,500
36 Jonathan Zuchowski 77,700
37 Robert Mizrachi 76,400
38 Kassem "Freddy" Deeb 76,100
39 Gregory Fondacaro 76,100
40 Barry Berger 75,800
41 Barry Greenstein 75,700
42 Robert Hwang 74,800
43 Scott Paston 74,600
44 Michael Goodman 73,100
45 Steven Dannenmann 72,500
46 Jim Lester 72,000
47 Ronald Schiffman 71,400
48 Dane Jorgensen 71,100
49 Jeff King 70,800
50 Scotty Nguyen 67,500
51 Richard Murnick 66,300
52 John Spadavecchia 65,700
53 Andrew Black 64,800
54 Lin Wang 64,700
55 Al Laughing 64,400
56 Christopher Fargis 64,000
57 Nick Feoli 63,400
58 Bill Edler 62,900
59 Ted Forrest 62,400
60 Alex Todd 61,500
61 Sorin Cristea 61,400
62 Brian Mizok 61,000
63 Tim Andrers 59,800
64 Casey Kastle 59,600
65 Matthew Hilger 59,600
66 Ronnie Cauthen 59,200
67 Will Tong 59,100
68 Mark Weber 58,700
69 Maff Wolf 58,000
70 Don Mullis 57,800
71 Matt Matros 57,700
72 Dan Yanofski 57,600
73 Eric Bankoff 56,900
74 Loukas Michael 56,800
75 Luke Necly 56,300
76 Konstanhnos Kahikakis 56,200
77 Dan Alspach 55,300
78 Vlad Mezhezitsky Jr 54,400
79 Amnon Filippi 53,800
80 Nick Grudzlen 53,600
81 Leonard Green 53,500
82 John D'Agostino 50,000
83 Alan Goehring 50,000
84 Mark Duma 50,000
85 Tony Salerno 49,400
86 Troy O'Neal 49,100
87 Michael Mizrachi 48,800
88 Beth Shak 48,700
89 Vince Palma 47,200
90 Sam Silverman 45,600
91 Curt Kohlberg 45,000
92 Mark Schaech 45,000
93 T. Derick Barch 44,400
94 John Finkel 44,200
95 Josh Spiegelman 43,700
96 Pete Skyllas 43,500
97 Brian Haveson 43,400
98 Ari Abramowitz 42,800
99 G. Richard Tatalovich 42,600
100 Richard Carolan 42,000
101 John McCann Jr. 41,500
102 Alex Jacob 41,000
103 Mike May 40,900
104 Allen Kessler 40,800
105 Sanjay Dandya 40,600
106 Mike Sica 38,700
107 Alex Magor 38,500
108 Denis Ethier 38,300
109 Carlos Mortensen 38,200
110 Richard Kirsch 37,400
111 Eric Fessler 36,100
112 Nunzio Bisking Jr 35,600
113 Greg Cash 35,500
114 Michael Borovetz 35,300
115 Chris Tsiprailidis 34,800
116 Kerry Andreae 34,600
117 John Juanda 33,800
118 Jim Wheatley 33,600
119 Guiseffe Coffi 33,400
120 Alfred Fernandez 33,100
121 Vlad Yanovsky 32,800
122 Peter Feldman 32,500
123 Pete Giordano 32,500
124 Ross Mallor 31,900
125 Bruce Spicer 31,300
126 Joanne "J.J." Liu 30,400
127 George Anthony 29,900
128 Michael Tait 29,200
129 Dennis January 29,000
130 Tom Koral 28,500
131 Stuart Patterson 28,000
132 Mike Maler 27,200
133 Jonathan Honis 25,900
134 Rep Porter 25,800
135 Joseph Brooks 25,800
136 Albert Muir 25,600
137 Jeremy Brown 24,700
138 Tony Cousineau 23,900
139 Richard Dabal 23,400
140 Thomas Antonopoulos 21,800
141 Stephen Leveson 21,700
142 Gavin Smith 21,200
143 Steve Brecher 21,000
144 Lou Esposito 20,600
145 Jean Robert Bellande 20,300
146 Matthew Glantz 19,200
147 Vernon Martin 19,100
148 Herbert Chang 18,500
149 Vincent Aloi 17,800
150 Henry Olszewski 16,100
151 Ken Goldin 15,900
152 Richard Cohen 15,000
153 Rich Forte 14,700
154 Fabrizio Birona 14,000
155 Chris Reslock 13,900
156 Kenna James 13,900
157 Adam White 12,800
158 Tom Dobrilovic 12,600 Chips
159 Dean Schultz 10,400 Chips
160 Jorge Arias 9,300 Chips
161 Lisa Puckell 8,300 Chips
162 Joe Wright 6,700 Chips
163 Robert Weitzner 6,500 Chips
164 Doug Carli 4,200 Chips

Payout Schedule

1st $1,173,373
2nd 591,312
3rd 282,721
4th 184,785
5th 147,828
6th 110,871
7th 73,914
8th 55,436
9th 46,196
10th-12th 27,718
13th-15th 22,174
16th-21st 18,479
22nd-30th 16,631
31st-50th 14,783
51st-75th 12,935
 


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