Burnitz, Diaz Lead $800k Chase at WPT Borgata
Matthew Burnitz and David Diaz claimed the top spots as the final table was set for the 2012 WPT Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City today.
Five full days of play narrowed have the field down from over 1,100 to just six with Burnitz in the chip lead and Diaz right behind.
Burnitz, an east coaster from Delaware with most of his live tournament results in Atlantic City, bagged up an even 9 million while Diaz, a 2011 WSOP bracelet winner and cancer survivor, bagged 7,150,000 to sit second.
Burnitz has already assured himself of his biggest lifetime score and the $800k+ first-place prize would be close to eight times his career earnings.
Brecher, Patterson Head Chase Pack
As with most big buy-in final tables, the gulf between sixth and first in terms of payouts is a big one.
While each player has secured a $167,000 payday, over $818k is earmarked for first and two tough pros sit just behind the leaders looking to move up the pay scale.
Veteran Steve Brecher, a WPT champ at Bay 101 in 2009, bagged 5,755,000 to sit third overall while Tyler Patterson, a pro from Everett, Washington, is fourth with 5,260,000.
Ben Hamnett, a Pennsylvania native with about $120k in live cashes, is fifth with 4.7 million in chips and Ofir Mor, whose previous best cash was a third at the Borgata Open in 2010, is the short stack with 3.6 million.
Seating assignments and chip stacks for the final six, courtesy of WPT.com:
Seat 1. Matthew Burnitz - 9,000,000 (75 bb)
Seat 2. Steve Brecher - 5,755,000 (47 bb)
Seat 3. David Diaz - 7,150,000 (59 bb)
Seat 4. Ben Hamnett - 4,720,000 (39 bb)
Seat 5. Ofir Mor - 3,600,000 (30 bb)
Seat 6. Tyler Patterson - 5,260,000 (43 bb)
Brady, Williams Bubble
Favorites to make the final six as the feild shrunk to eight, both Matt Brady and Jeff “yellowsub86”Williams were instead bounced in seventh and eighth respectively.
Brady, winner of the 2008 Aruba Classic, was knocked out by Mor when his pocket jacks were crushed by Mor's full house on the flop with pocket nines.
Suffering a similarly unlucky fate was Williams, a feared online player and former EPT Grand Final winner, who was crippled in an AQ v. AQ battle when Patterson hit a runner-runner flush.
Other notables falling short of the final table today were Jamie Kerstetter (12th - $44,937), Kyle Bowker (13th - $30,083), Lee Childs (14th - $30,083) and Todd Terry (22nd - $16,922).
The WPT Borgata final table picks up at 3:30 pm ET and will be live streamed nearly live on a one-hour delay.
Hole cards will be seen and commentary will be provided by Tony Dunst, Jonathan Little, Dwyte Pilgrim and Bobby Oboodi.
Check the live stream and follow the usual live updates in real-time here.