2022 888poker XL Winter Series
$3,500 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship
Days:
$3,500 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship
Day 3 Completed

Patrick Serda Retains Lead into Day 4 of $3,500 WPT BWPO Championship

MartianNews • Level 23: 15,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Patrick Serda
Patrick Serda

The third day of Event #20: $3,500 WPT BWPO Championship has now come to an end after seven levels of play here at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa with 28 players remaining and it is Canada's Patrick Serda finishing atop the leaderboard once more with a monstrous stack of 6,260,000.

Serda is a Canadian pro that has amassed almost $1.8 million in live career earnings and already has a WPT title win under his belt after taking down the WPT $5,300 Main Event at the Playground Poker Room for his second-high career cash of $652,801.

The Manitoba, Canada, native has now finished the last two days of this event as the leader and the hand that catapulted him today happened during the last few hands of the night when Baitai Li attempted to bluff Serda with a river shove. Serda called him down with just the second-highest pair on the board and Li tabled six-high, sending a monster pot to Serda.

Closest on the totem pole behind Serda is fellow Canadian Veerab Zakarian who has a healthy 4,075,000 stack headed into the fourth day of this event. Zakarian found the vast majority of his chips in a single hand versus James Anderson who check-called on every street including a river shove. Zakarian tabled a rivered straight and Anderson mucked a pair of sailboats, sending one of the biggest pots of the day to Zakarian.

Top 5 Counts in WPT BWPO Championship

PlacePlayerCountryChip Count
1Patrick SerdaCanada6,260,000
2Veerab ZakarianCanada4,075,000
3Brian AltmanUnited States3,880,000
4Peter VitantonioUnited States3,550,000
5Stephen PressUnited States2,550,000

Rounding out the top five starts are two-time WPT Championship winner Brian Altman (3,880,000), Peter Vitantonio (3,550,000), and Stephen Press (2,550,000). Altman is cruising through this event and is sure to add to his WPT player of the year points total with another deep run here. The only person that reminds in the field that is even close is Donald Maloney who sits in fourth on this year's WPT POY race and will be starting the final day with 1,365,000.

The third day of this event started with 77 runners and after seven 90-minute levels of play, only 28 remain. The survivors will return tomorrow at noon play down until only six are left, moving onto the final table. All remaining players are guaranteed at least a cash of $19,886. But all players will be fighting for that top-six finish that will secure them a seat on the live-streamed final table that is held at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas at The Luxor on April 1, 2020.

That wraps it up for the PokerNews live coverage of Day 3 for this event but tune in tomorrow for all of the updates on Day 4.

Tags: Patrick Serda

End of Day Chip Counts (full)

MartianNews • Level 23: 15,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Patrick Serda ca
Patrick Serda
ca 6,260,000
Veerab Zakarian ca
Veerab Zakarian
ca 4,075,000 -125,000
Brian Altman us
Brian Altman
us 3,880,000 1,080,000
Peter Vitantonio us
Peter Vitantonio
us 3,550,000 850,000
Stephen Press us
Stephen Press
us 2,550,000 -650,000
Paul Snead us
Paul Snead
us 2,545,000 2,545,000
Jesus Martinez us
Jesus Martinez
us 2,545,000 345,000
Derek Marmen us
Derek Marmen
us 2,110,000 710,000
Jorge Confesor US
Jorge Confesor
US 2,030,000 1,130,000
Bin Weng us
Bin Weng
us 1,895,000 125,000
Alexander Queen us
Alexander Queen
us 1,800,000 -250,000
Joseph Galazzo us
Joseph Galazzo
us 1,685,000 100,000
William Pilossoph US
William Pilossoph
US 1,490,000 90,000
Samuel Taylor us
Samuel Taylor
us 1,480,000 730,000
Brandon Hall us
Brandon Hall
us 1,475,000 -725,000
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 1,465,000 15,000
Theodore Lui us
Theodore Lui
us 1,420,000 810,000
Donald Maloney us
Donald Maloney
us 1,365,000 565,000
Nathan Russler us
Nathan Russler
us 1,290,000 245,000
Lawrence Abrams us
Lawrence Abrams
us 1,200,000 -105,000
Michael Morton us
Michael Morton
us 990,000 90,000
Grigoriy Shvarts us
Grigoriy Shvarts
us 980,000 -720,000
Andrew Hanna us
Andrew Hanna
us 845,000 480,000
Matthew Waxman us
Matthew Waxman
us 835,000 -640,000
Alex Muscarella us
Alex Muscarella
us 675,000 -245,000

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Serda Smells a Bluff, Sends Li to the Rail

MartianNews • Level 23: 15,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Patrick Serda
Patrick Serda

Matthew Waxman opened to 60,000 from the button, Baitai Li and Patrick Serda call from the blinds. The dealer fanned out {q-Spades}{9-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and action checked through to the {8-Diamonds} turn card.

Action checked to Serda, he bet 115,000, Waxman called and Li check-raised to 600,000. Serda was the lone caller and the {8-Spades} completed the board.

Li moved all in for just over 1,500,000 and Serda took a moment but in the end, he called and Li tabled {6-Spades}{2-Spades} for nothing. Serda turned over {10-Spades}{9-Spades}, giving him nines and eights.

Li eas eliminated and Serda took an overwhelming lead during one of the last hands of the night.

Patrick Serda ca
Patrick Serda
ca 6,260,000 3,870,000
Baitai Li us
Baitai Li
us Busted

Tags: Baitai LiMatthew WaxmanPatrick Serda

Zakarian Doubles Through Anderson, Takes the Lead

MartianNews • Level 23: 15,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

James Anderson limped the small blind, Veerab Zakarian raised to 85,000 from the big blind and Anderson called to see the {9-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} flop.

Action checked to Zakarian, he continued for 140,000 and Anderson called. A {k-Hearts} peeled off on the turn and Anderson tapped to Zakarian who pushed in 350,000, Anderson called.

The {2-Clubs} completed the board, Anderson checked and Zakarian moved all in, totaling 1,430,000. Anderson thought for a moment, ultimately he called and Zakarian tabled {5-Spades}{4-Hearts} for a rivered straight.

Anderson mucked {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} face-up as he sent the biggest pot of the tournament to the Canadian who now sits on top of the leaderboard.

Veerab Zakarian ca
Veerab Zakarian
ca 4,200,000 2,000,000
James Anderson us
James Anderson
us 200,000 -1,900,000

Tags: James AndersonVeerab Zakarian

Galazzo Sets the Trap, Lee Bites

MartianNews • Level 23: 15,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Joey Galazzo
Joey Galazzo

Joseph Galazzo limped the small blind and Sungwon Lee moved all in for about 650,000 from the big blind. Galazzo snapped, putting Lee at risk as the two tabled their cards.

Sungwon Lee: {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}
Joseph Galazzo: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{5-Spades}{9-Clubs}{j-Spades} and Galazzo's flopped set of queens took down the pot, sending Lee out of the tournament in 33rd place.

Joseph Galazzo us
Joseph Galazzo
us 1,585,000 865,000
Sungwon Lee US
Sungwon Lee
US Busted

Tags: Joseph GalazzoSungwon Lee

Martinez Finds a Double Late in the Day

MartianNews • Level 23: 15,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

The turned board showed {q-Spades}{9-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and there was around 1,000,000 in the pot. Alex Queen moved all in for about 2,700,000. Jesus Martinez snap-called for his remaining 545,000, tabling {9-Spades}{9-Hearts} for a flopped set of nines and queen tabled {7-Spades}{7-Clubs} for a lower set.

The {k-Hearts} fell on the river and Martinez took down the pot for a complete double through Queen during the last level of the night.

Jesus Martinez us
Jesus Martinez
us 2,200,000 -600,000
Alexander Queen us
Alexander Queen
us 2,050,000 -70,000

Tags: Alex QueenJesus Martinez

Updated Counts

MartianNews • Level 23: 15,000-25,000, 25,000 ante
Jesus Martinez us
Jesus Martinez
us 2,800,000 1,960,000
Brian Altman us
Brian Altman
us 2,800,000 115,000
Peter Vitantonio us
Peter Vitantonio
us 2,700,000 920,000
Patrick Serda ca
Patrick Serda
ca 2,390,000 40,000
Veerab Zakarian ca
Veerab Zakarian
ca 2,200,000 500,000
James Anderson us
James Anderson
us 2,100,000 315,000
Bin Weng us
Bin Weng
us 1,770,000 -1,030,000
James Salmon us
James Salmon
us 1,690,000 660,000
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca 1,450,000 -540,000
William Pilossoph US
William Pilossoph
US 1,400,000 605,000
Stephen Song us
Stephen Song
us 1,200,000 -1,535,000
Sungwon Lee US
Sungwon Lee
US 975,000 -75,000
Robert Mclaughlin us
Robert Mclaughlin
us 950,000 -400,000
Michael Morton us
Michael Morton
us 900,000 220,000
Michael Rossitto us
Michael Rossitto
us 850,000 380,000
Donald Maloney us
Donald Maloney
us 800,000 -200,000
Samuel Taylor us
Samuel Taylor
us 750,000 220,000
Anthony Cousineau us
Anthony Cousineau
us 200,000 -115,000

Ma Fails to Fade the River vs. Press

MartianNews • Level 23: 15,000-25,000, 25,000 ante

Stephen Ma moved all in for 370,000 from the cutoff and Stephen Press called in the big blind, putting Ma at risk.

Stephen Ma: {2-Spades}{2-Clubs}
Stephen Press: {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}

The flop came down {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Spades} and Ma was still ahead with his ducks. A {9-Spades} landed on the turn, changing nothing but the {q-Hearts} river hit Press with the deck as he paired up, eliminating Ma from the event.

Stephen Press us
Stephen Press
us 3,200,000 405,000
Stephen Ma us
Stephen Ma
us Busted

Tags: Stephen MaStephen Press

Level:
23
Blinds:
15,000/25,000
Ante:
25,000