WPT: Patrick Eskandar Leads the Final 27 at Borgata Poker Open

Patrick Eskander leads the final 27 with 2,972,000 at the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open.

There are just three tables remaining at the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open at the end of Day 3 and Patrick Eskandar is the chip leader with a huge stack worth 2,972,000. The final 27 players return on Thursday to play down to the final WPT television table of six in Atlantic City.

Two other players are above 2 million, and they are Matthew Burutz with 2,500,000 and Steve Brecher with 2,463,000. Notables that made it through Day 3 include David Diaz, Vinny Pahuja, Jeff Williams, Lee Childs, Kyle Bowker, Matt Brady, Jamie Kerstetter, Todd Terry, and Jean Gaspard.

The money bubble attracted the most attention during the day and the final player to bust before the money did so during the fourth level of play on Wednesday. Albert Smith got the last of his chips all in preflop from middle position and Andrew Lee called. Their cards:

Albert Smith:  A K
Andrew Lee:  A Q

Board: 7 7 4 Q A

Smith was eliminated on the hand and with his bust the money bubble burst at the Borgata. There was a consistent flood of eliminations after that and the pace of players hitting the rail actually picked up after the dinner break. The night was still a long one with action coming to a close near 2 a.m. ET, but considering that the field stood at 174 players when cards got into the air today, it was still a relatively quick day.

Notables Day 3 cashes included Dwyte Pilgrim (109th place), Kurt Jewell (100th place), Shawn Busse (92nd place), David Pham (79th place), Day 2 chip leader Orson Young (73rd place), Day 1B chip leader Brian Lemke (67th place), Tony Dunst (64th place), James St. Hilaire (63rd place), Chris McCormack (54th place), Irv Gotti (51st place), Shawn Cunix (49th place), Cherish Andrews (45th place), Allen Cunningham (41st place), Mukul Pahuja (34th place), Stephen Reynolds (30th place). And the big names that didn’t make the money were Barry Greenstein, Josh Brikis, Darren Elias, and Matt Glantz.

On the final hand for Lemke, the big blind was all in for about 325,000 with A-K. Lemke called all in for his last 250,000 with 8 8 and Patrick Eskandar covered both players with A A in the hole. The board came Q 5 [Ax] 4 4, giving Eskandar a full house, and he knocked out both Lemke and the player in the big blind. Eskandar secured his massive chip lead after the hand, and became the first player with more than 2 million in chips.

Check back in with BLUFF on Thursday night after the conclusion of play to see who made the final table at the Borgata in Atlantic City.

Day 3 Top Chip Counts:

  1. Patrick Eskandar – 2,972,000
  2. Matthew Burutz – 2,500,000
  3. Steve Brecher – 2,463,000
  4. David Diaz – 1,960,000
  5. Jeremy Brown – 1,860,000
  6. Jeff Saunders – 1,784,000
  7. Farhan Madhani – 1,765,000
  8. Vinny Pahuja – 1,670,000
  9. Jeff Williams – 1,487,000
  10. Lee Childs – 1,469,000
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