Over 540 of the world’s top poker players converged on the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa this week to compete for the prestigious WPT World Poker Open title. After two days of intense battle that rivals anything going on in Iraq and incredibly fierce competition, only 69 remain to vie for the $1,519,020 top prize and a place among poker’s all-time greatest players ever.
The excitement over this wondrous event was palpable to everyone across the Eastern seaboard, and the buzz was electric. Surprisingly and to the amazement of event spectators, an amateur named Ariel Schneller leads the field of players with a stack of 615,000. Ariel said of his experience thus far, "I’ve been playing well, which I always seem to do at the Borgata, as their card room is the best in the world. And after competing against some of the world’s top players, there’s nothing I enjoy more than grabbing a great meal at one of my favorite Borgata restaurants, like Bobby Flay’s Steak or Specchio."
One player garnering a lot of attention is Academy Award nominated actress, Jennifer Tilly. A crowd favorite, Tilly has 120,000 chips. "If Hotels and Casinos could win Oscars," said Tilly, "then the Borgata Hotel, Casino, and Spa would win Best Hotel, Casino, & Spa Ever in a Movie, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects. Every year."
The action is really going to heat up on Sunday, as the remaining 69 players fight for a spot "in the money," as only the top 55 get paid. Those who miss the money will likely sooth themselves with a trip to the Borgata’s fabulous Spa Toccare. Day 1 chip leader Chad Brown noted, "If I was stranded on a desert island and was allowed to only bring one item with me, I’d take the spa at the Borgata."
* Obviously (we hope) the above quotes are done in jest, and are possibly