The main attraction of 2019 Borgata Winter Poker Open is $3Million GTD WPT Championship has now reached Day3 with 177 hopefuls. Leading the charge will be Day2 chip leader Alex Aqel with a massive stack of 1,260,000. He will be joined by Chase Bianchi (1,230,000). He is the only player beside Aqel with around 1 Million in chips.
PokerStars Team pro Aditya Agarwal was the only Indian contender gunning for gold at the series. He had a good start at the event and advanced to Day2 with a stack of 89,600. He was seated with Jose Montes, Harrison Gimbel, Craig Varnell, David Larson, Anthony Maio, Ryan Olisar and Fikret Kovac at the start of Day 2. Unfortunately, his run ended before the money line was breached.
Indian origin players Mukul Pahuja and Shankar Pillai had a good day at the felts. During level 11, Pillai doubled up through an opponent to climb up to 125,000 in chips, but he lost some chips to Nick Schwarmann towards the end of the day. At the end of the day’s play, Pillai held an impressive 766,000 in chips.
Pahuja hit a flush against an opponent early on and his stack increased to 124,000. During level 14, he found a double up through multiple WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. He eventually bagged 118,000 in chips.
Other notables who also fell short of the money line included Ralph Massey, Daniel Santoro, Shawn Cunix, Ronit Chamani, Sheraz Nasir, Ben Yu and Brett Butz.
Along with this Championship event, the Black Chip Bounty Deep Stack NLH and Double Black Chip Bounty 8-Max Semi-Turbo NLH. Deric Williams shipped the Black Chip Bounty Deep Stack NLH, after a heads-up deal with Rafael Polanco and banked $10,401 in prize money along with the trophy. Meanwhile, an anonymous player claimed the title in the Double Black Chip Bounty 8-Max Semi-Turbo NLH for $32,931, after defeating Joe Cheong heads-up.