Just nine days ago, Brian Altman won the World Poker Tour Seminole Lucky Hearts Poker Open for the second time in his career. On Thursday, Altman made the final table of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open and now has a shot at a third WPT win.
The final six players now head to Las Vegas to play down to a winner on April 1 at the HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor.
Altman might be the headliner, but he doesn’t have the chip lead. Veerab Zakarian bagged up 11,990,000 and will be the player on top when play resumes in April. Joining Zakarian and Altman at the final table is James Anderson, Bin Weng, Andrew Hanna, and Nathan Russler.
The BWPO field of 1,290 created a $4,129,290 prize pool with the eventual champion taking home $674,840 which included a seat in the $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions.
WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Final Table
Seat #1: Nathan Russler – 3,990,000
Seat #2: James Anderson – 10,040,000
Seat #3: Andrew Hanna – 6,730,000
Seat #4: Bin Weng – 8,890,000
Seat #5: Veerab Zakarian – 11,990,000
Seat #6: Brian Altman – 9,865,000
Day 4 began with 28 players still in contention including former #1-ranked PocketFiver Ari Engel, reigning WPT Borgata Poker Open champion Donald Maloney, Season XVII WPT Montreal winner Patrick Serda and Season XVI Tournament of Champions winner Matthew Waxman.
It took just over 13 hours to go from 28 down to a final table of six.
Engel was eliminated by Altman after the pair battled in a five-bet pot with Engel holding and Altman with . The flop gave Altman a set and Engel never saw another diamond or a ten and was eliminated in 24th place.
Maloney’s tournament ended after getting it all in with against Derek Marmen’s . Zakarian took out Waxman in 13th place.
Serda was eliminated in 10th place by Altman. On a board and with 1,200,000 in the pot, Altman moved all-in forcing Serda to a decision for his tournament life. Serda eventually called and showed which was second best after Altman tabled .
Altman then closed down the action on the Borgata leg of the event when he eliminated Peter Vitantonio on the TV table bubble.
The final six players will now wait until April before reconvening in Las Vegas to play for their share of the remaining $2,037,833 prize pool.