Even though Borgata Poker Open didn’t need the hype, the Championship, which has a $3,500-entry has finally gotten to the end of Day 3 with most of the big names still in contention. The prize for the winner is a princely sum of $616,186.
At this stage there are only 24 players left, and the big names are on course to fight for a spot in the finals on Thursday.
It’s almost impossible not to talk about the dexterity displayed by Vanessa Selbst during the tournment. According to most people, they can beat their chest proudly to say that she’s the best female poker to have ever graced the game. She returned to the fold while she was juggling between jobs when she decided to trade playing as a full-time poker prof for that of a hedge fund trader.
Since July 207, she haven’t earned anything in all tournaments. However, after winning about $11.8 million in live tournaments winnings, she has risen astronomically and climbed into the Borgata’s top 10. She has a close affiliation with this tournament because of her geographical location.
Selbst is in good company in the Day 3 chip counts. Chip leader, Kevin Albers in the Main Event, having stacked about 4,340,000 at the end of the day. With 3,090,000 chips, Selbst sits comfortably in sixth place, but she’s closely pursued by others who are eyeing her spot in the top ten with other players like Dave Farah with 4,135,000 and Victor Ramdin with 3,740,000 who are waiting for any slip up.
For sure most of the top names want to win the coveted Champions Cup trophy, some weren’t so lucky as they lost on Day 3 even with their wealth of experience.
WPT legend and host Tony Dunst came in 57th place receiving a sum of $10,183. While, Asher Conniff, who has always put in a good performance especially at last summer’s WSOP, came 47th earning a sum of $13,355. Jonathan Little came 36th and got a sum of $15,527 and Ian O’Hara came 37th with $15,527. Both of them enjoyed deep runs but were unable to make it to the last three tables.
Femi Fashakin, as most believe is a player that is short stacked player with a shot at glory. In May, he won The Big 50 which kicked off a great run for him in the World Series. So far, this has been the best outing in his career as a professional poker player. He won the title which came with a mouth watering $1,147,449. In chips, Fashakin is will play second to last. Thanks to the fact that he towered above 28,370 players for the top prize, he’s full of confidence right now.
Top 10 chipcounts:
Position Player Chips
- 1. Kevin Albers 4,340,000
- 2. Dave Farah 4,135,000
- 3. Uke Dauti 3,305,000
- 4. David Prociak 3,280,000
- 5. Victor Ramdin 3,200,000
- 6. Vanessa Selbst 3,090,000
- 7. Nick Pupillo 2,750,000
- 8. Donald Maloney 2,505,000
- 9. Tyler Phillips 2,040,000
- 10. Timothy Little 1,945,000