Colombian pro Farid Jattin will take a massive chip lead into his third World Poker Tour final table appearance when the WPT Borgata Poker Open final six plays out in Atlantic City, NJ on Friday.
Jattin, who finished fifth in the 2016 WPT L.A Poker Classic earlier this year and sixth in the 2014 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship, is the clear favorite to win his first WPT title after taking a massive chip lead nine-handed. Jattin jumped ahead of the pack winning a more-than-nine-million-chip pot after getting it all in preflop with pocket aces versus John Racener's pocket kings. Racener, who finished runner-up in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, busted in ninth place soon after.
Final Six Seats and Counts
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The $3,300 + $200 buy in WPT Borgata Poker Open drew a massive 1,179 entries this week, creating a $3,773,979 prize pool. WPT title holder Matthew Waxman came into the final 30 on Thursday with the chip lead, but could do no better than 11th place, leaving just one table of 10 remaining when he shoved for 530,000 holding king-jack on a ten-ten-nine flop. Phong Vip Nguyen called with ace-jack and ace-high held with two pair on the board.
Nguyen fell short of the final six as well, as Jattin took the lead nine-handed and only added to it as the final six was set.
When play resumes in front of the TV cameras on Friday, Jattin will come in with over 15 million in chips, roughly 45 percent of the chips in play. Two-time WSOP final table participant Zach Gruneberg is the closest to him, with a little over five million.
Long-time Borgata tournament regular Taha Maruf, who finished sixth in the $2,700 Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship this year, sits just under Gruneberg.
Fellow East Coast reg Yervand Boyadjian, now going by the name Chris Limo, Brooklyn, NY's Simon Lam, and 2012 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia round out the final six, all with slightly more than three million in chips.
The final six will get going at 4 p.m. local time in Atlantic City and it will be streamed live at WPT.com and on the WPT's Twitch channel. The broadcast will have cards up coverage on a 30-minute delay with commentary from Kane Kalas, Jamie Kerstetter, Michael Gagliano and Nick Binger.
All of the final six are guaranteed at least $167,942 coming in, with $821,811, including a $15,000 entry into the WPT Tournament of Champions, awaiting the winner.
*Photo Courtesy of the World Poker Tour
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