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  • Failla Top Chip Count at the Borgata Poker Open

    Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 by Nadia

Among all the poker events held in the year, the World Poker Tour (WPT) is the biggest. And in the WPT, the action at the Borgata Poker Open always grabs attention, as it does this year too. The Day 4 table at the Borgata Poker Open will be led by Will Failla. With a chip count amounting to 3,255,000, he is the only player to cross the three million mark. The poker player met with success recently at the Legends of Poker, when he took home the title from the event.

He could make history if he wins the WPT Borgata Poker Open this year, as he will be the first player to have bagged titles at both events in one year. This can be quite a difficult task especially with competitors like Doug Kim, Fred Goldberg and Dan Coleman at the felt. A win at the felt can also make Failla the first to win back-to-back titles at domestic WPT events.

Failla Steadily Accumulated Chips

On Day 3, Failla steadily worked his way up accumulating chips. He landed the biggest chunk of chips when he doubled through opponent David Williams who made it to the Day 3 table with the most chips. Williams played in a field of 170, which then reduced to 27 by the end of the day. While he topped the chip count with 2.5 million during the day, he fell quite a few places when he encountered a few flops. However, he earned the 31st spot at the table the next day when he bested Vanessa Selbst, a fellow member of Team PokerStars.

This was the first cash Selbst had at the WPT felt. Her finish at the Day 3 table also gives her the chance to play for a title at the WPT. When the day came to a close, she had approximately 1.5 million in chips. This is better than the average chip count of other players who will be making their way to the felt on Day 4. Matt Glantz, another finalist, will be playing for the chance to win a WPT final title. His in-the-money finish on Day 3 was his first too at the WPT felt.

Selbst and Glantz to Play for Place at Final Table

While professional players like Selbst, Glantz and Failla made it to Day 4, most of the field on Day 3 wasn’t as lucky. Of the 170 players, 70 went home without an in-the-money finish. Some of them were Cornel Cimpan, Robert Mizrachi and Ryan Welch. Players like Jeff Madsen, Eric Haber and John Racener made money, but didn’t secure a place at the table the next day.

Failla’s biggest competition at the Day 4 event is likely to be Doug Kim, who has mad it to the final table at the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2006. Kim is also quite experienced with the structure and play in the WPT Borgata Poker Open events. If Kim performs well, he is likely to make it to the top, which will be an upgrade from the 19th place he secured last year. On Day 4, a field of 27 will play for a place at the six-person final table.

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