WPT: Final 28 at Borgata Winter Poker Open Highlighted by Serock, Salsberg

After making the semifinals of the NBC Heads-Up Championship, Joe Serock is in position to make a run at his third career WPT final table at the Borgata. (Photo c/o World Poker Tour)

After battling through a day of poker that spanned 14 hours from beginning to end, just 28 players were still in the running for the first World Poker Tour title of 2013 as Day 3 came to an end.

The Borgata Winter Poker Open represents the midpoint of Season XI of the WPT, and a very familiar face from Season X is among the remaining contenders in this field. Fresh off of a semifinal run in the NBC Heads-Up Championship, Joe Serock sits in sixth place overnight. The chipleader is Yung Hwang, the only player over 3 million chips, and he’s followed by Jeremy Druckman, Sam Taylor and Taylor Paur, who each have over 2 million. The average stack will sit at just above 1.1 million when Day 4 begins.

Just one former champion remains in the hunt, but Season X WPT Paris champion Matt Salsberg has a lot of work to do as he’s currently 25th out of 28. Russell Crane has won two major titles worth a combined $425,000 at the Borgata and hopes to cross $1 million with a win in this tournament, with WSOP bracelet winners Chris Reslock and Arkadiy Tsinis in the mix as well. Jamie Kerstetter is the last woman standing in the field, after Ana Marquez was eliminated in 34th place.

A large reason for the lengthy day of play was the extended period they spent on the bubble. More than two hours after they started Paul Volpe went out on the exact bubble in 101st place. Others to fall short of the money include Soi Nguyen, Todd Terry, Christian Harder, Allie Prescott, Jared Hamby, Mohsin Charania, Jason Koon and Alex Bolotin. It wasn’t their ultimate goal, but Cherish Andrews, Tony Cousineau, Justin Zaki, Ryan D’Angelo, Andrew Badecker, Jonathan Roy, Matt Matros, Jonathan Little and Allen Kessler leave New Jersey with a small cash for their efforts.

It was a slightly bigger payday for Eugene Todd (63rd), Marsha Wolak (58th), Keven Stammen (54th), Ravi Raghavan (51st), Daniel Buzgon (44th), Bryn Kenney (38th) and Matt Glantz (36th), but they too fell short of a title at the Borgata. Each remaining player in the field is guaranteed $12,942, with the second player going out getting a bump to $14,933. A trip to the unofficial final table of nine is worth $61,391. The six final table payouts are as follows:

  1. $730,053
  2. $438,698
  3. $265,475
  4. $222,336
  5. $182,514
  6. $147,671

Play will resume at 12 pm ET and they’ll go until they reach the final table of six. The final day of the tournament will play out on Friday afternoon.

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