The World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open began with 1,226 entrants, and after an intense week of play, just six players remain in contention for the title and $843,744 first-place prize. On Thursday, 31 players returned for Day 4 action with the hopes of making the televised final table. After eight levels of play, 25 players had hit the rail and Kane Kalas emerged as the chip leader with 14.025 million.
Others at the final table include experienced online player Darren Elias (8 million), Mid-States Poker Tour Team Pro Blake Bohn (7.705 million), and Ray Qartomy (1.795 million).
Final Table Chip Counts
According to the WPT live blog, action resumed in Level 24 (12,000/24,000/4,000) and it didn’t take long for Jake Vo (31st - $15,109) to become the first elimination of the day.
On the very next hand, Matt Glantz shoved all in from the button for 253,000 with the , and Scott Matte called from the big blind with the . Glantz indicated that he had only looked at the ace when he shoved, and while he paired his kicker on the flop, that would be all the help he’d get as the blanked on the turn followed by the on the river. Glantz was eliminated in 30th place and took home $15,109 for his efforts.
From there, the eliminations came at a steady pace and included New Yorker Eugene Todd (28th - $15,109); two-time WPT champ Cornel Cimpan (22nd - $17,385); World Series of Poker Europe champ Barry Shulman (18th - $20,996); Canadian Erik Cajelais (16th - $20,996); and former WPT Borgata winner Bobby Oboodi (12th - $46,701), who was the last former WPT champ in the field.
From there, Matte (11th - $46,701), Zo Karim (10th - $46,701), Ory Hen (9th - $71,621), Nicholas Gerrity (8th - $100,073), and Jean “Prince” Gaspard (7th - $135,393) were eliminated from contention.
Gaspard, who began the day as a big chip leader, fell in Level 32 (80,000/160,000/20,000) on Hand #171 of the unofficial final table when Kalas opened for 365,000 under the gun and Gaspard shoved for 1.255 million. Elias called from the cutoff, Kalas came along, and then the two active players checked the flop. When the appeared on the turn, Kalas bet 915,000, Elias called, and both players returned to checking. Kalas tabled the , Elias mucked, and Gaspard showed the for a losing pair of tens.
The final six players will return at 4 p.m. ET on Friday to play down to a winner. Who will capture the $843,744 first-place prize? Stay tuned to PokerNews for a recap upon completion of play.
*Data courtesy of WPT Live Blog.