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2014 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Day 3: Jaffee and Jaka Among Leaders with 36 Left

2014 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Day 3: Jaffee and Jaka Among Leaders with 36 Left 0001

The 2014 $3 Million Guaranteed WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open continued on Wednesday as the 188 returning players hit the felt for a long and arduous day of poker. After nearly 15 hours of play, the field was whittled down to the final 36. Farid Jattin bagged up the largest stack and he'll return for Day 4 with a huge lead of his next closest competitor, Jared Jaffee.

Day 3 Top Ten

1Farid Jattin3,818,000
2Jared Jaffee2,340,000
3Robert Merulla2,150,000
4David Paredes2,000,000
5Kunal Patel1,975,000
6Kalyan Gullapalli1,738,000
7Bryan Choi1,635,000
8Michael Arrington1,380,000
9Matthew Parry1,373,000
10Faraz Jaka1,348,000

The story going into Day 3 was that of Laz Hernandez who was hot off of finishing as the chip leader ending both Day 1 and Day 2. Coming into the day, Hernandez had the largest stack but in the end he was unable to bag up at the end of the evening. Hernandez lost a solid chunk late in the day in a hand against Byron Kaverman. Soon after, the two clashed again at the 10,000/20,000/3,000 level.

Hernandez limped under the gun and Faraz Jaka raised to 80,000. Kaverman shipped all in for 396,000 from the cutoff and Hernandez called. Jaka threw his hand away and the cards were turned on their backs. Hernandez showed {4-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and was racing with Kaverman's {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}. The board ran out {A-Spades}{8-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{9-Spades} and Kaverman was able to double through Hernandez, leaving the one-time chip leader with just 15 big blinds.

Soon after, Hernandez was all in before the flop with {A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} against Kaverman's {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}. Kaverman put the nail in the coffin after a {A-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{J-Hearts} runout and Hernandez was sent packing from the tournament.

The top 120 players in the field were guaranteed money, and while many notables made it through the bubble they were unable to bag up at the end of the night. Some of the notable finishes included Aaron Massey (109th), Amnon Filippi (107th), DJ MacKinnon (81st), Dan O'Brien (80th), Robert Panitch (69th), Matt Affleck (65th), Isaac Baron (52nd), Harrison Gimbel (44th), and John Racener (38th).

While those players fell, others navigated their way through the stacked field and will return for Day 4. Notable names returning include recent WPT bestbet Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble winner Jared Jaffee (2,340,000), Faraz Jaka (1,348,000), Eric Wasserson (1,210,000), Kaverman (997,000), Chad Brown (896,000), Ronit Chamani (807,000), John Holley (614,000), John D'Agostino (510,000, John DiBella (423,000), and Joe Serock (301,000).

Play resumes at noon local time on Thursday at Borgata where the field will be cut down to the final table. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews for all of the latest updates from the tournament floor!

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