It’s not too often that the poker world sees three tournaments with multi-million prize-pools wrapping-up at the same time, but that is precisely what we will see over the course of today and tomorrow. In Atlantic City, New Jersey the WPT Borgata Winter Open is coming to a close, with the Main Event final table ready to start today, and halfway around the globe the Aussie Millions tournament series will see the conclusion of the $250k Challenge as well as the Aussie Millions Main Event play down to the final table.
WPT Borgata Winter Open
Once again the Borgata in Atlantic City drew a huge crowd, as 1,042 players entered the latest WPT tournament being held there. The field has been pared down to just six players, who will return later today for the televised final table, and the chance to become a WPT Champion – not to mention the $730k prize that will be awarded to the winner.
The short-stack, Matt Salsberg, is a former WPT Champion and the biggest name at the final table
Here is a look at the seating assignments and chip counts for the remaining players:
Seat 1: Jeremy Druckman – 6,170,000 (61 bb)
Seat 2: Matthew Salsberg – 1,920,000 (19 bb)
Seat 3: Matt Haugen – 3,235,000 (32 bb)
Seat 4: Jim Anderson – 7,830,000 (78 bb)
Seat 5: Mike Gogliormella – 2,255,000 (22 bb)
Seat 6: Andy Hwang – 9,550,000 (95 bb)
You can watch the final table unfold live on the worldpokertour.com website, where two-time WPT Champion Jonathan Little will be handling the commentary duties.
Aussie Millions Main Event final table nears
There are still some pretty big names vying for the Aussie Millions title in Melbourne, including the two chip-leaders, Dan Shak and Patrik Antonius –both men also happen to be members of Team IveyPoker.com, further proving that Phil Ivey runs really, really, good.
There are currently 10 players left in the tournament, but only six will be make the official final table, scheduled to take place on Saturday. Here is a look at the 10 remaining players in the Aussie Millions Main Event, along with their chip counts:
1. Dan Shak — 3,965,000
2. Patrik Antonius — 2,900,000
3. Joseph Cabret — 2,725,000
4. Mervin Chan — 2,300,000
5. Jarrod Glennon — 1,775,000
6. Mark Betts — 1,650,000
7. Jay Tan — 1,420,000
8. David Yan — 880,000
9. Ping Chan — 650,000
10. Sam Cohen — 477,000
Trickett wins the $250k Challenge
Sam Trickett picked-up the sixth seven-figure score of his career on Friday, nabbing the $2 million first-place prize, and jumping over the Phils, Ivey and Hellmuth, on the all-time money list, where he now trails only Antonio Esfandiari.
Here is a look at the payouts from the event:
1. Sam Trickett — $2,000,000
2. Tobias Reinkemeier — $1,250,000
3. Fabian Quoss — $750,000
4. Igor Kurganov — $500,000