WPT Borgata Down to Final Six, No Past Champions Remain

September 21st, 2018 by Jon Sofen

Erkut Yilmaz took a massive chip lead into Friday’s WPT Borgata Poker Open final table. He has an opportunity to win his first major poker tournament and $575,000.

WPT Borgata Erkut Yilmaz

Erkut Yilmaz took a huge chip lead to the WPT Borgata Poker Open final table. (Image: wpt.com)

Just six players remain out of 1,075, none of whom are past WPT champions. Each final table participant is guaranteed at least $121,000. Play resumes at 2 pm ET on Friday.

Thursday’s Day Four action ran until 2:30 in the morning thanks to 60-minute levels and deep stacks. The same structure will continue until heads-up play begins. Blind levels will then switch to 30 minutes.

Can Anyone Catch Chip Leader?

Yilmaz has nearly a 3-1 chip lead over Oleg Shnaider who is in second place. His lead is so big the others might need to pull a Tom Brady to win (28-3 Super Bowl LI comeback, anyone?).

With that said, Shnaider is only one double-up through the chip leader away from overtaking Yilmaz.

WPT Borgata Poker Open Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Erkut Yilmaz 21,575,000
  2. Oleg Shnaider 7,750,000
  3. T.K. Miles 5,900,000
  4. Austin Wentling 3,750,000
  5. Liam He 2,575,000
  6. Anthony Malo 1,400,000

Yilmaz, a California resident, began the day in third chip position (3 million). He quickly began picking off opponents. It was a steady climb to the top throughout the day.

With eight players remaining late in the day, he surpassed the 22 million mark, good for more than half the chips in play. He began Day Five with almost exactly 50 percent of the chips.

But the funny thing with the game of poker is a heater can stop at any given time. He might come back Friday to a cold deck and end up in fifth place.

With that said, he isn’t exactly facing the most brutal final table in poker history. There are no Ivey’s or Bonomo’s left to beat. TK Miles is the only player left who has more than Yilmaz’ $955,000 in career earnings. Of course, the cards often dictate the final outcome and no one can control that variable.

Imsirovic Busts on Day Four

All eyes were on Ali Imsirovic on Thursday as he attempted to went for a third tournament win in a week. Last week, the 23-year-old went back-to-back in the Poker Masters high roller series and won the purple jacket, awarded to the player who accumulates the most points throughout the event.

Imsirovic was one of 24 players who made it to Day Four and outlasted most of those opponents. But he shoved his small stack into John Lakatosh’ pocket aces pre-flop and was eliminated in ninth place ($57,570). He didn’t win his first WPT event, but it was his third impressive performance in just a week.

Not bad for a guy who casual poker fans didn’t even know a week ago.

8 Responses to “WPT Borgata Down to Final Six, No Past Champions Remain”

  1. tarnak1000 says:

    Man that’s a lot of dough that’s a lot of dough

  2. Dejange says:

    I do not know that player Erkut – is it a Turkish one? Otherwise, good performance by Ali, stable and solid results …

  3. acidburnfx says:

    Although the big names in world poker are not on the final table as quoted, who is there is because it showed consistency throughout the tournament.

  4. Dailon Arroyo Blandon says:

    It is good to see that in this final table none of the survivors has been champion before … I mean we will have a new champion … and that great tranquility must have Erkut Yilmaz with that great advantage of chips he has with respect to other opponents … it seems that he is running as the big favorite to win this tournament …!

  5. ZenGreen says:

    wow nice FFFT I imaigne this was a pretty stout tourny to play good to see

  6. step055 says:

    Great news. It means that everyone has his chance- we should just keep going. I have never heard about Erkut but I am sure he deserves it. That also means that Poker gives equal opportunity for everyone. And the thing is that we should use this opportunity.

  7. king11682 says:

    Just six players remain out of 1,075, none of whom are past WPT champions. Each final table participant is guaranteed at least $121,000. Play resumes at 2 pm ET on Friday.
    Interesting on Friday will be a new champion, where Erkut Yilmaz took a big advantage in chips for the final table of the WPT Borgata Poker Open
    Yilmaz has an opportunity to win his first major poker tournament and $575,000.

  8. danoscar says:

    What an exciting time for a lot of 6 players. Never being a WPT champ and taking home at minimum of $121,000 makes for a happy, proud time and a huge payday! What an experience. Wish them all luck!

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