No one has ever won back-to-back World Poker Tour titles. With the tough competition and large fields, it is simply an incredibly difficult thing to do. Technically, Will Failla doesn’t have a chance to accomplish such a feat, as he skipped the WPT’s last event, the Grand Prix de Paris, but even winning back-to-back domestic WPT events is something that has never been done before.
Failla is in good shape to potentially make poker history after ending Day 3 action at the Borgata Poker Open leading the final 27 players. Failla steadily chipped up all day and made a big jump up the counts by doubling thru David Williams midway through Day 3 play to end with 3,255,000. His next closest competition in the counts in 2006 WSOP Main Event final tablist Doug Kim, who has some experience doing well at Borgata. He finished Day 3 second in chips with 2,686,000 and is looking to improve upon his 19th place finish in this event last year.
David Williams came into Day 3 on top of the chip counts, but he failed to survive what was a long day of action playing down from 170 to 27 players. Williams peaked at around 2.5 million chips, but dropped chip in a number of spots where he flopped big, but someone flopped bigger. Eventually he busted in 31st place at the hands of fellow Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst.
This is Selbst’s first-ever WPT cash and she still has a chance to make her first-ever WPT final table as well. She ended with day with around 1.5 million chips, which puts her right above average heading into the penultimate day of play. This is not Matt Glantz’s first cash, but he is looking to make his first-ever WPT final table as well at a casino that is very much on the Pennsylvanian’s home turf.
A good chunk of the Day 3 field didn’t even make the money, let alone have a shot at the final table. Seventy of the 170 Day 3 runners went home empty-handed, including Robert Mizrachi, Dan Shak, Ryan Welch, Cornel Cimpan, and Lee Markholt, who just missed out on a payday by busting in 102nd place. Still others, like Eric Haber(67th), David Diaz (65th), Jeff Madsen (60th), John D’Agostino (59th), Yevgeniy Timoshenko (47th), and John Racener (35th), made the money, but failed to survive to the end of the day.
Other notables joining Failla, Selbst, Kim, and Glantz in the final 27 include Wade Woelfel, Alex Queen, Miami John Cernuto, Fred Goldberg, and Darren Elias. The plan for Day 4 is to play from 27 down to the six-handed televised final table.
Here are the top ten chip counts from the end of Day 3 of the Borgata Poker Open:
1. Will Failla – 3,255,000
2. Doug Kim – 2,686,000
3. Ricky Hale – 2,554,000
4. Darren Elias – 2,547,000
5. Fred Goldberg – 2,176,000
6. Joe Dittmar – 2,067,000
7. Ryan Eriquezzo – 2,007,000
8. Matt Glantz – 1,962,000
9. Dan Colman – 1,800,000
10. Kevin Calenzo – 1,723,000
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