SOURCE: Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa

September 17, 2006 16:29 ET

Borgata Poker Open Steams Ahead With Day Two of WPT Main Event

248 Players Return to Compete for Biggest Cash Prize in Borgata History -- Almost $1.5 Million Cash and World Poker Tour Title

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 17, 2006 -- Day two of the World Poker Tour (WPT) main event at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa produced intense action. Some players saw their chip stacks rise into the stratosphere while others faired far worse, crashing and burning out of the tournament.

The Borgata Poker Open's biggest event did not disappoint the crowds of fans who left Borgata hungry for more championship poker. The returning field of 248 wasted little time in trimming their numbers. A series of early big name eliminations included David Williams and Antonio Esfandiari. Many of the game's biggest poker names fell victim to challengers who showed no fear of the better-known players or their cards.

Surviving players of the first day were thrilled to be alive as they fought for the money. The top nine finishers all take home over $100,000. Nevertheless, you can be sure that all players will be gunning for first place and won't be satisfied with anything less than the WPT title. This year's first-place finisher will leap into the millionaires' club when the victory gives him or her, the biggest cash prize in Borgata history -- almost $1.5 million.

Barry Greenstein, David "the Dragon" Pham, Kathy Liebert, Shawn Chaconas, Chad Brown, and Jennifer Tilly are just a few of the stars left in the field. Day two action moved at light speed as the chip counts shifted between players throughout the day. The remaining players, hailing from all around the world, continued to match wits and tactics hoping to win this battle of poker endurance.

Jennifer Tilly, a World Series of Poker bracelet winner, a World Poker Tour champion, and an Academy Award nominated actress, was one of the chip leaders at the end of day two. Tilly said, "I feel good about my play and my chips." She went on the say, "Everything is top of the line at Borgata. The staff really takes care of the players and the new poker room is amazing. But the Borgata beds are the greatest, that's why I own one." Tilly and poker legend Phil Laak also enjoyed great meals at Borgata while spending quality time with friends. "When we first arrived at Borgata, a big group of the poker players went to Old Homestead and had a really good time and the food was great."

Tournament veteran Barry Greenstein also took notice that Borgata is more than just a place to play poker. "For the most part I don't separate one casino from the other. I have to admit, when I walked into Borgata and the new poker room, I could see the attention to detail. They really did a great job making this an upscale place to stay and play and I appreciate the care they took. Borgata sticks out."

Day three will be another all-out battle as the players go after the $1.5 million first place prize and the WPT title. Expect every player to bring their "A" game and be prepared for high drama as the players go for it all.

About Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Borgata is a joint venture of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) and MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM). Located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, it features 2,000 guest rooms and suites, 161,000 square feet of gaming, 200 gaming tables, 4,100 slot machines, 14 destination restaurants, 11 retail boutiques, a 54,000 square foot spa, 70,000 square feet of event space, and parking for 7,100 cars. For more information on Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, visit

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