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2016 WPT Borgata Poker Open: Farid Jattin Holds Lead at Final Table with More Than Half the Chips in Play

The final table has been determined for the World Poker Tour’s stop at the Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City, NJ this afternoon and, from all appearances, it might be a quick one. Farid Jattin is the overwhelming leader of the final six, holding more than half the chips in play when the cards hit the air today. 30 men came back on Thursday to whittle their way down to the traditional WPT six-handed final table. At the top of the heap to start the day was WPT champion Matt Waxman with his 2.791 million chips, but Simon Lam (2.268 million), Jattin (2.16 million) and Phong Vip Nguyen (two million even) all joined him in the two million chip club atop the leaderboard. Lurking down the leaderboard were such dangerous pros as Paul Volpe, former “November Niner” Jesse Sylvia and John Racener. On the very first hand of the day,

2016 WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event Day 1A: Farid Jattin Takes Late Lead

The World Poker Tour has shifted its focus to the east coast of the United States this week as the 2016 WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event got underway on Sunday. The tournament will span the rest of this week; the second of two starting flights is today and the final table will be held on Friday. A total of 297 players entered Sunday’s Day 1A in Atlantic City and of the 152 survivors, Farid Jattin has the most chips with 206,200, making him the only player to finish above the 200,000 chip mark. Farid Jattin is not a household name by any means, but he has been quite successful in live tournaments recently, climbing to 74th in the Global Poker Index. The highlight of this year is probably a fifth place finish in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic back in February, good for $ 238,070. Clearly, he knows how

Farid Yachou Wins First WPT Tournament of Champions

Season XIV of the World Poker Tour (WPT) wrapped up Sunday after a busy couple weeks at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. With three major WPT events – the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale, and the WPT Tournament of Champions – strung together, it made for quite an exciting stretch of poker. The WPT Tournament of Champions concluded yesterday to cap everything off as Farid Yachou outlasted the 64-player field to claim his second career WPT title. The Tournament of Champions, as has been documented on this site, replaced the WPT World Championship as the season-ending event for the World Poker Tour. Attendance at the WPT World Championship had been declining over the years, so the WPT decided it was time to mix it up. It had already moved the event from the Bellagio in Las Vegas

2016 Monster WPT Tournament of Champions Day 1: 64 Players Show for Event, Farid Yachou in the Lead

After two tournaments that were quite popular with the tournament professionals, the World Poker Tour rolled the dice with their end-of-season event. The Monster WPT Tournament of Champions – the replacement for the WPT World Championship – started on Friday and, from first look, the change was not as successful as WPT officials might have hoped. The Tournament of Champions was going to be a bold experiment anyway. Only the players who won a WPT tournament on the Main Tour during its existence – 226 men in all (no woman has ever won a WPT open event) – would be eligible to participate in the tournament. The 20 players who won a tournament during the Season XIV schedule earned a seat as a part of their prize for winning their respective tournament, while the other WPT Champions’ Club members who chose to participate would have to pony up $ 15,000