The final 27 players of the World Poker Tour’s Borgata Poker Open events were packed with high profile East Coast talent. Will Failla came into the day on top, looking for his second WPT title in as many months. Vanessa Selbst finally had her first WPT cash to her credit and was within striking distance of the final table. Miami John Cernuto was an elder statesman of poker looking to make run. Matt Glantz, unofficial Borgata spokesperson, was poised to make good on a tour he’s often struggled on in his home casino.
None of those stories ended up panning out though. None of the biggest names who made it to Day 4 of this year’s event survived to make the televised final table. Instead, the top six finishers in this event will include a mix of local grinders, online players looking to make a name for themselves on the live circuit, and a player who has the bragging rights of saying he finished in the top ten of both the biggest field WPT event and biggest field WSOP event in history.
While Failla struggled early and fell from the chip lead 2006 WSOP Main Event winner Fred Goldberg ascended up the counts, busting Selbst in 23rd and Cernuto in 15th along the way. He spent the vast majority of Day 4 with a substantial chip lead and will begin the final table effectively tied for the biggest stack with Bobby Oboodi. Both Oboodi and Goldberg bagged a little over 11 million chips.
Goldberg is not the only player who can lay claim to the achievement of making deep runs in the two biggest poker tours’ biggest events though. Doug Kim, who finished seventh in the 2006 WSOP Main Event, replicated his finish in Las Vegas with a seventh place finish in Atlantic City, which meant he bubbled the final table and his elimination brought Day 4 to a close. All the more impressive, Kim finished in 19th place in this event last year.
The final table will also include poker pro Darren Elias, who will be making his first major televised final table appearance after a couple of years on the circuit. The 24 year-old Elias is an accomplished poker pro who picked up a large chunk of chips when he called all-in on a K[10c]34 holding QQ to Jin Hwang’s Q9. Elias’ big call paid off and he will start the final table third in chips with 7,360,000.
Failla found himself in a similar situation as Elias, facing an all-in bet from Hwang when Failla held pocket queens. He ended up calling and was ahead of Hwang’s jacks, but jacks made quads to take the pot and leave Failla with one big blind. Failla busted in 11th place on the next hand.
Hwang and fellow short stack Ricky Hale, along with Daniel Buzgon, round out the final table at the Borgata, which will get underway at 3pm ET on Friday.
Here are the chip counts and seat assignments for the Season X Borgata Poker Open final table:
Seat 1: Jin Hwang – 2,205,000
Seat 2: Darren Elias – 7,360,000
Seat 3: Fred Goldberg – 11,080,000
Seat 4: Bobby Oboodi – 11,140,000
Seat 5: Daniel Buzgon – 4,710,000
Seat 6: Ricky Hale – 2,320,000
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