WPT: Failla, Buzgon & Elias Make Second Final Table of the Season

Elias started the day second to last in chips, but rallied to make the final table

It is rare for a player to make two World Poker Tour final tables in a season, so what is happening in Jacksonville on Wednesday is really remarkable when you think about it, as there will be three players making their second WPT final table appearance of Season X.

Will Failla is the one grabbing the headlines as he regained control of the WPT Player of the Year race by locking up at least a sixth place finish in this event. He is actually not the only one at the final table who can still take the lead though. If Failla finishes fifth or sixth in Jacksonville, Borgata Poker Open third place finisher Daniel Buzgon can take the lead or tie for the lead if he pulls out a win.

You’ve also got Darren Elias in the mix at this final table, who final tabled the Borgata Poker Open this season, finishing in fifth place. While these three have experience on their side, they are a little short on chips. Buzgon will be the short stack at the table with 570,000, Elias is fifth in chips with 1,280,000, and Failla is the best off with 1,535,000, good for third in the counts.

This final table has another history maker at it too, as Tony Dunst joins Mike Sexton as the second member of the WPT broadcast team to make a final table. Dunst was supposed to be in the booth doing commentary on the live stream of this event, but instead James Dempsey and Darryll Fish will be calling the action while Dunst, who is fourth in chips with 1,310,000, will be trying to best Sexton’s sixth place finish at Bay 101 back in 2011.

Shawn Cunix may not be making his second WPT final table of the season, but the chip leader is making his second career WPT final appearance in Jacksonville. Cunix will begin the day with 2.7 million chips, many of which previously belonged to Matt Marafioti, who finished in ninth place. In one of the more talked about hands of the day, Marafioti moved all-in for more than three times the size of the pot on an A92 board holding A-Q only to run into Cunix’s 2-2 for bottom set.

Rounding out the final table line-up is James Calderaro, who is the only player with more than 2 million chips. This is his first WPT final table appearance.

These final six were part of the 16 players who started Day 4 of the Jacksonville bestbet Open. The players who failed to survive to the televised final table included Marafioti and Byron Kaverman, who bubbled the final table in seventh place.

Here are the chip counts and seat assignments for Wednesday’s final table. When play resumes, blinds will be at 15,000/30,000 ante 5,000:

Seat 1: James Calderaro – 2,110,000
Seat 2: Daniel Buzgon – 570,000
Seat 3: Will Failla – 1,535,000
Seat 4: Tony Dunst – 1,315,000
Seat 5: Shawn Cunix – 2,770,000
Seat 6: Darren Elias – 1,280,000

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