Charles Nearly in Charge, 2nd in Chips
After starting with 734 players, the Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship is less than 50 players from the money after Day 2. And when the bag and tag chip count was done, or in Marc Goldman's case, nearly done, the Easton, PA man has the chip lead at 640k-ish.
"I was tired of counting, so I stopped," says Goldman, "I put 'ish' on my bag." Goldman, who dropped to 21k early in the day, went on a stretch where, "I wasn't *not* in control of my table," he says, "it was incredible."
Second in chips, with an exact count of 638,300 is Charlie Townsend (Dagboro, DE), who won a 500k chip pot after the dinner break. He knocked out WSOP women's bracelet holder Marsha Wolak and her pocket aces when he hit a four flush with pocket kings.
After the big hand, the soft spoken player said he, "took a little here and there," to end the night as he was sporting his apropos knit cap for the Winter Open.
There were different fates for the two biggest stacks when play began. Chip leader and WPT title holder Tony Ruberto (Boston, MA) was near the top throughout Day 2 and finished 4th in chips with 544k, just behind Abraham's Korotki's third place stack of 548k.
Alex Queen (Bethlehem, PA) was second in chips to start, but didn't fare as well as. He was eliminated on the last level of the night, but did take home the $5,000 bonus as the Day 1A chip leader.
But that's nothing compared to what the 119 remaining players are going for Wednesday in the Event Center. The top 72 players cash for a minimum of $6,785 as the field chases the top prize of $542,771.
Play resumes at noon with blinds at 2/4k/400 ante and the average stack at 185k (46 BB).