Trio of Delayed World Poker Tour Final Tables Now Scheduled

Three delayed World Poker Tour final tables get the go ahead.

The long-delayed World Poker Tour final tables for the Gardens Poker Championship, Borgata Winter Poker Open, and L.A. Poker Classic are on the horizon All three fell victim to the COVID-19 global pandemic but a conclusion is in sight.

March 31, 2020 is the date WPT Gardens Poker Championship final table should have taken place. This never happened as the World Poker Tour postponed all scheduled events when the Dutch government forced it to stop play during the WPT Amsterdam festival.

World Poker Tour partnered with partypoker and ran online series until a time when live poker became an option again.

Live poker has returned to Las Vegas, Nevada with casinos such as The Venetian running major tournaments. All three delayed final tables take place in Las Vegas, too, but not at the original venue.

The HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor was the original venue. The final tables now take place at the PokerGO Studio outside ARIA.

Fans of the World Poker Tour cannot wait for the final table to play out, not least because there are some major prizes waiting to be collected.

World Poker Tour Gardens Poker Championship

WPT Gardens Poker Championship is the first of the three delayed final tables to resume. Players in that event last played a hand of poker on January 13, 2020! All six finalists return to action on March 10, less than a week away.

Mandatory COVID-19 tests are in place for the finalists with anyone who fails the test receiving a payout based on ICM.

Chance Kornuth is the man in pole position in this particular World Poker Tour event. Kornuth holds a substantial chip lead over his five opponents and is on course for the $554,495 top prize.

Seat Player Chips Big Blinds
1 Straton Wilhelm 435,000 17
2 Markus Gonsalves 2,370,000 95
3 Qing Liu 795,000 32
4 Tuan Phan 2,070,000 83
5 Jonathan Cohen 1,615,000 65
6 Chance Kornuth 2,995,000 120

WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

World Poker Tour fans wanting the completion of the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open have a little longer to wait with the final table set for May 16. Again, this final table is a six-handed affair.

None of the six finalists can win less than $143,264 with one of them scooping $674,840.

The chip counts in this finale are tighter than the Gardens Poker Championship, making it more interesting. Veerab Zakarian has 11,990,000 chips but James Anderson (10,040,000) and Brian Altman (9,865,000) are hot on his heels. Altman already has a World Poker Tour title to his name, the 2015 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

Seat Player Chips Big Blinds
1 Nathan Russler 3,990,000 33
2 James Anderson 10,040,000 84
3 Andrew Hanna 6,730,000 56
4 Bin Weng 8,890,000 74
5 Veerab Zakarian 11,990,000 100
6 Brian Altman 9,865,000 82

WPT L.A. Poker Classic

Last, but not least, is the final table of the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic on May 17. These grinders last played a hand against each other on March 4, 2020.

The L.A. Poker Classic final table could be a long grind for the six finalists. Why? Because there are 490 big blinds in play at the restart! Balakrishna Patur holds 158 of those with the dangerous duo of James Carroll and Matas Cimbolas holding a combined 221.

Upeshka De Silva is at this final table. You may recall De Silva reached the 2020 US WSOP Main Event final table but was disqualified after a positive COVID-19 test. Here’s hoping he makes amends for that loss this time around.

Seat Player Chips Big Blinds
1 Scott Hempel 1,670,000 42
2 James Carroll 4,125,000 103
3 Matas Cimbolas 4,310,000 108
4 Ka Kwan Lau 2,250,000 56
5 Upeshka De Silva 930,000 23
6 Balakrishna Patur 6,320,000 158
Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

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