WPT: Andy Hwang Carries Lead into Borgata Winter Poker Open Final Table

Matt Salsberg made his second WPT final table Thursday at the Borgata Winter Poker Open, but he'll have to overcome a short stack to win his second career title on tour. (Photo c/o World Poker Tour)

Day 4 was another marathon affair at the 2013 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, but even after the final 28 players were reduced to just six the same man who began the day with the chiplead was still on top.

Andy Hwang’s lead was much larger just before Cuong Phung was eliminated on the bubble in seventh place, but Jim Anderson grabbed a huge double-up through Hwang on the penultimate hand of the night Thursday to enter the final table in second. Hwang is still comfortably ahead, though, and he’s already surpassed his highest career cash of $103,322, which he earned with a fifth place finish in the 2012 WSOP National Championship.

Jeremy Druckman is comfortably in third, with Matt Haugen and Mike Gogliormella looking for some early help as they hope to fight their way up the ladder. Bringing up the rear is Matt Salsberg, who hopes to add his second WPT title in as many seasons after winning in Paris in 2012. Salsberg has some work to do to add his name to the WPT Champion’s Trophy again, but he’s only a few good hands away from being a serious contender.

While he was the only previous champion to even make it to Day 4, Salsberg was not the only notable player to make a deep run in this event. Joe Serock (14th), Russell Crane (16th), Arkadiy Tsinis (21st), Jamie Kerstetter (22nd) and Chris Reslock (26th) were each within arms reach of a final table appearance before falling just short.

Play will resume at 1 pm ET Friday from the Borgata in Atlantic City, with a live stream that will feature commentary and hole cards. It will be shown on a 30 minute delay to protect the integrity of the game, and this tournament will only be available online.

Here are the chip counts going into the final table of the 2013 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open.

  • Andy Hwang – 9,550,000
  • Jim Anderson – 7,830,000
  • Jeremy Druckman – 6,170,000
  • Matt Haugen – 3,235,000
  • Mike Gogliormella – 2,255,000
  • Matt Salsberg – 1,920,000
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