Kalas, McKeehen, Hall in Hunt w/ 34 Left at WPT Borgata Open

Kane Kalas
Kane Kalas

While plenty of poker players are still making their way back from the Aussie Millions some major action has been playing out at the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open.

An 1,171-player field put up the $3,500 buy-in to build a massive $3.7m prize pool and $816,246 first-place prize for the winner.

Just 34 players remain in the hunt after Day 3 yesterday led by Kane Kalas, son of famed Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas and a WPT Borgata runner-up in the past.

Kalas bagged up 3,276,000 to take the overnight chip lead, ahead of former WPT champ David Paredes (2,500,000) and Rafael Yarelieyev (1,937,000).

Also progressing to Day 4 were WSOP Main Event Champ Joe McKeehen (1,073,000), Mukul Pahuja (1,058,000) and current WPT Player of the Year leader Cate Hall (429,000).

Reigning WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open champ Aaron Mermelstein also made it through to Day 4 with 428,000.

Hall 5 for 5 in WPT Cashes

A good reason Hall is leading the POY race? She's played five WPT Main Events and cashed all five with two final tables.

Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Don't count out Timoshenko, either.

She'll have a tough route to reaching a third final table tomorrow as one of the shorter stacks along with Mermelstein and Yevgeniy Timoshenko.

Also still in contention are former WPT champs Brian Altman and Amir Babakhani.

The current top 6 and chips:

  • 1. Kane Kalas 3,276,000
  • 2. David Paredes 2,500,000
  • 3. Rafael Yarelieyev 1,937,000
  • 4. Keith Morrow 1,805,000
  • 5. Denis Gnidish 1,716,000
  • 6. John-Allan Hinds 1,538,000

Follow along with the live updates at WPT.com for coverage down to the final six today and watch the final table streaming live on Friday on Twitch.tv, YouTube and Pluto TV.

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