Dave Farah Leads Atlantic City’s WPT Borgata with 6 Players Left, Final Table Shift to Las Vegas in March

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Dave Farah is in unfamiliar territory at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. The New Jersey resident with just $80,000 in career tournament cashes, holds a big chip lead heading into the final table which shifts from Atlantic City to Las Vegas on March 13, and he’s playing for a shot at $728,430.

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If Dave Farah wins the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, his career tournament earnings will increase by nearly 1,000 percent. (Image: wpt.com)

The World Poker Tour is changing things up a bit this season. A series of events such as this one play down to the final table like normal. But play won’t resume until March at the HyperX Esports Arena inside Luxor in Las Vegas.

The new arena hosts live Esports competitions and is also becoming a hot spot for televised poker final tables. Only six remain in the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. None are household names, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to watch a boring, talent-less match.

Who are these Guys?

Dave Farah isn’t the only player at the table unfamiliar to most casual poker fans. None of the other five players have the name recognition of, say, Daniel Negreanu or Phil Hellmuth. But a few of them have impressive poker resumes.

Take Brandon Hall, for example. The nearby Pennsylvania native has over $1.4 million in cashes. That includes a $753,000 score for winning the $5,300 Championship Event at the 2009 UltimateBet Aruba Poker Classic. In 2014, he finished runner-up in a $1,500 hold’em event at the WSOP for $381,885.

Hall bagged the second largest stack on Thursday (14,100,000) but still trails Farah’s 18,850,000-chip stack by a sizable amount.

Daniel Buzgon and Ian O’Hara both have over $2 million in lifetime winnings. Buzgon, an ambassador for Borgata’s poker room, is hoping to win one for the casino he represents.

WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Dave Farah (18,850,000)
  2. Brandon Hall (14,100,000)
  3. Daniel Buzgon (9,100,000)
  4. Joseph Di Rosa Rojas (5,800,000)
  5. Ian O’Hara (5,100,000)
  6. Vinicius Lima (3,550,000)

The winner of this event will take home $728,430. Each remaining player is guaranteed at least $154,734. Play will resume on March 13 on the Las Vegas Strip. Fox Sports will televise the edited version of the final table on an undisclosed later date.

Big Name Pros Gone After Day Two

Steven Sarmiento lost a race to Farah to finish on the final table bubble (seventh place for $119,159). Thursday’s Day Two session began with 29 players remaining, none of whom was either a past WPT champion or household name.

But on Day Two, Wednesday, many familiar faces busted in the money. That includes Olivier Busquet in 32nd place ($21,369), Greg Himmelbrand in 45th ($15,480), Paul Volpe in 52nd ($13,398), Jessica Dawley in 58th ($11,728), Mike Dentale in 64th ($11,728), and Phil Hellmuth in 102nd ($7,176).

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