Thrill Rides Again on Day 3 at WPT Borgata

Will Failla
Will "The Thrill" Failla

Veteran East Coast grinder Will ‘”The Thrill” Failla has grabbed the chip lead heading into the final 27 at the Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City.

If he continues to run like he has over the last few weeks, an even-deeper run at Borgata and another final-table appearance almost seems like a foregone conclusion

Failla broke through for his first WPT title at Legends of Poker in Los Angeles at the end of last month for $758,035.

He followed that up with a 14th-place finish at the Partouche Poker Tour main event in Paris last weekend for another €45,000.

Failla then jumped immediately on a plane back home and managed to make it back to Atlantic City just in time to late register for Day 1a at the Borgata.

Getting right down to business, he ran up a big chip stack quickly and has carried that momentum all the way through to the final 27, heading into Day 4 with 3,225,000 in chips.

Joining Failla in the top five are Doug Kim (2.68 million), Ricky Hale (2.55 million), Darren Elias (2.54 million) and Fred Goldberg (2.17 million).

Also surviving to Day 4 were veteran pros Matt Glantz (1.9 million), Miami John Cernuto (1.6 million) and Vanessa Selbst (1.5 million).

One player surprisingly not making the final 27 is former WPT Champ David Williams.

Runner-up at the WPT Borgata Poker Open in 2004, Wiliams ran up a huge chip stack on Day 2 and looked positioned to make another run for the final table.

A roller-coaster day, three pairs of cracked aces and about 50 tweets later, Williams had crashed out with a 31st-place finish and a cash of just $16,352.

Also busting out but making the money were John Racener ($16,352), Yevgeniy Timoshenko ($12,998), John D’Agostino, ($11,740), Jeff Madsen ($11,740) and Eric “Sheets” Haber ($10,482).

Play down to the final six starts tomorrow at 11 am from the Borgata.

Payouts jump to $18,868 for the next nine players to be eliminated. Top spot will take home $922,441.

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