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Oboodi, Goldberg Lead Final Six at WPT Borgata
Just six players are left from the largest field in WPT history and, despite no "marquee" names, it’s a very accomplished group of poker players who will play for the title.
Leading the pack are Bobby Oboodi and Fred Goldberg.
Goldberg is an experienced pro from Hollywood, Florida with over $2 million in live cashes and a WSOP gold bracelet to his name, but he's probably best known for bubbling the final table at the largest WSOP Main Event in history in 2006 for $1.1 million.
Oboodi, who plays online under the screen name bigredAK, has about $75,000 in cashes in live tournaments with the most notable being a win in the PokerStars World Championship of Battleship Poker in 2009 for $44,800.
He also finished fourth in FTOPS XIX Event #24 for $181,034 in February and has a number of other cashes online.
Oboodi has a slight edge over Goldberg entering the final table tomorrow, finishing the day on 11,140,00 chips – just 60k ahead of Goldberg’s 11,080,00.
Sitting in third in chips is Darren Elias, one of the real original online grinders who has earned over $2.2 million online since 2005.
Elias also has almost $1 million in live cashes including a second-place finish in the $25k High Roller event at the 2011 LA Poker Classic.
Elias has 7,360,000 chips heading into the final table.
Fourth in chips with 4,710,000 is Daniel “wildman75” Buzgon, another primarily online grinder with over $2 million in online cashes.
Rounding out the final six are the two short stacks, Virginian Jin Hwang and Brit Ricky Hale, each with just over 2 million in chips.
Over 1,300 players have been sent to the rail at the WPT Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City over the last five days, and some big names made the list today.
Doug Kim (7th - $148,848), Will ‘The Thrill” Failla (11th - $50,315), Matt Glantz (12th - $50,315), Miami John Cernuto (14th - $35,640) and Vanessa Selbst (23rd - $18,868) were among the most notable.
Final-table action begins tomorrow at 3:00 pm ET from the Borgata in Atlantic City.
Follow along with the WPT live updates here.
Each player is already guaranteed at least $186,585 for a sixth-place finish. The winner will take home $922,441.
Chip counts and seating assignments, courtesy of WPT.com:
Seat 1: Jin Hwang - 2,205,000
Seat 2: Darren Elias - 7,360,000
Seat 3: Fred Goldberg - 11,080,000
Seat 4: Bobby Oboodi - 11,140,000
Seat 5: Dan Buzgon - 4,710,000
Seat 6: Ricky Hale - 2,320,000