Six more players are going to Las Vegas to play at HyperX Esports Arena and Dave Farah (pictured) leads the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. Farah surged into the lead late on Day 4 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and is in the best position to win the $728,430 first-place prize on March 13.
A record-breaking field at Borgata of 1,415 entries was down to just 29 when Day 4 kicked off. The prize pool of more than $4.5 million started to get handed out in large chunks and notables who took their portion back to the New Jersey Turnpike inlcude Taylor Wilson (29th), Adam Hendrix (28th), Dan Wach (25th), Jonas Wexler (24th), Chase Bianchi (22nd), Andrew Crookston (21st), A.J. Kelsall (20th), Joe Liberta (19th), Melad Marji (16th), and Hublot WPT Player of the Year points leader Ping Liu (15th).
Liu and Tony Ruberto both have 1,850 points so far in Season XVII. However, Liu currently holds the tiebreaker with more prize money won this season. Expect to see Liu and Ruberto battle for the title for the remainder of the season heading into the meat of the 2019 portion.
Nick Schwarmann started Day 4 as the chip leader but his elimination versus Brandon Hall cut his run short of a first WPT final table appearance in 11th place. Dylan Gang followed him out in 10th place, also eliminated by Hall, and the field was down to the unofficial final table.
WPT Borgata Main Event Final Table
|Seat||Player||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|3||Joseph Di Rosa Rojas||5,800,000||39|
Perpetually short-stacked Michael Cannon was finally cut down in ninth place by Hall, who held the chip lead for most of nine-handed play. Cannon was all-in for 1.925 million with AcQh and had to hit versus the TcTs of Hall. Not help arrived for Cannon and he left Borgata with $72,842 for his four days of play.
Play continued until Hand #55 before serious action took place. Ian O’Hara shoved for 1.725 million with AsQd and Steven Sarmiento woke up with AdKd in the big blind. The Td7d4c flop was good for Sarmiento but the Qc turn surged O’Hara ahead. No diamond, jack, or king came on the river and O’Hara doubled.
Three hands later, O’Hara busted Brandon Shane in eighth place. A button raise to 325,000 from O’Hara was shoved on by Shane for 2.1 million. O’Hara called with AdQh to dominate the AhJd of Shane. The AsAc9c2dKs board favored O’Hara and Shane earned $92,693 for his first WPT cash.
Farah took the chip lead from Hall in an exciting pot that brought a bluff out from the chip leader. Hall opened to 275,000, O’Hara flatted the small blind and Farah three-bet to 650,000 out of the big blind. Only Hall called and Farah bet 675,000 on the Jc5c2d flop. Hall stayed with him and called 1.1 million on the 2h turn.
Farah fired 2.2 million on the 7d river and showed AhTs when Hall folded.
Sarmiento was on the shortest stack of the final seven and met his end at the hands of Farah. In Hand #72 of nine-handed play, Sarmiento moved all-in for 2.225 million with 9c9h on the button and Farah looked him up with AdTs. The Qd5h2sQhTc board gave Farah a pair on the river and close to one-third of the total chips in play.
The WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open final table takes place on March 13 and will be filmed for FOX Sports Regional Networks at HyperX Esports Arena.