WPT: Will Failla in Pole Position With 16 Left in JAX

Failla is eight eliminations away from retaking the WPT POY lead

At the end of Day 1A of the World Poker Tour’s Jacksonville bestbet Open Main Event, Will Failla called his shot. He said he was taking his WPT Player of the Year lead back from Joe Serock, which would require an eighth place finish or better in the Florida event. Well, it looks like Failla wasn’t kidding around, because he is chip leader with just 16 players remaining in the field.

Day 3 of the event got underway outside of the money bubble with 55 players remaining, but over the span of one level, the field quickly got down near 36 players. Along the way, players like Andy Frankenberger, Danny Shiff, and Taylor von Kriegenbergh all hit the rail empty-handed.

Before the bubble could even get started, it was over. Right as Brian Haas busted in 38th place on one table, James Dempsey was busting in 37th on another. Dempsey started the day near the top of the counts, but had a rough day at the tables, culminating in being on the wrong end of a coin flip against Matt Schulte to exit just shy of the money.

Once the bubble burst, the eliminations continued with the exits of Brian Hastings (35th), Allen Kessler (34th), Darryll Fish (24th), Matt Giannetti (22nd), Fred Goldberg (20th), and Robert Gorodetsky, who earned a surfboard in addition to his $16,263 payday since he was the last player under the age of 21 left in the field.

When play ended Failla was on top. Failla clashed with the start of day chip leader Farid Jattin on a couple of occasions, including a million-chip pot that sent Failla up to the top of the counts. He finished the day with 1,360,000, which puts him just in front of Peter Campo, who bagged up 1,269,000. Daniel Buzgon rounds out the top three with 900,000, which is all the more impressive considering he came back from dinner break with just over 100,000 chips and the blinds at 3,000/6,000.

Some of the other notables still alive in the field include Byron Kaverman (815,000), Matt Marafioti (617,000), Tony Dunst (459,000), James Calderaro (423,000), and Darren Elias (262,000). Play will reusme at 2pm ET on Tuesday and will continue until the six-handed final table is set. When play resumes, blinds will be at 5,000/10,000 ante 1,000.

Here is a look at the top ten chip counts from the end of Day 3:

1. Will Failla – 1,360,000
2. Peter Campo – 1,269,000
3. Daniel Buzgon – 900,000
4. Byron Kaverman – 815,000
5. David Tuthill – 687,000
6. Amelio Amato – 666,000
7. Farid Jattin – 618,000
8. Matt Marafioti – 617,000
9. Shawn Cunix – 555,000
10. Tony Dunst – 459,000

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