John Pannucci leads big at Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship final table

John Pannucci
Chris Land
Posted on: January 26, 2024 01:01 PST

It's time for the final six to play under the lights of the TV table in "America's Playground".

At Borgata, the field has been trimmed to the final six contenders for the Winter Poker Open Championship title. Today, they take to the stream to play to a winner.

Holding a large chip lead is John Panucci with 9,860,000 to his name. Panucci is no stranger to deep runs at Borgata as he finished 20th in this very event last year. He transparently shared that he still ended with a $70 loss after firing five bullets in that event. In this one, he shared that he again fired five times, but he plans to make up for last year by winning it this time around.

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Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship final table

Place Player Chip Count
1 John Pannucci  9,860,000
2 Alex Queen  6,455,000
3 Carlos Chadha 4,275,000
4 Anthony Zinno 2,630,000
5 Brian Yoon  2,180,000
6 Casey Hatmaker 2,165,000

Five more in hunt for the title

Pannucci won't have an easy path to victory as there are plenty of chips still in play and five competent competitors who look to flip the script and take control themselves.

Second in chips: Alex Queen

Alex Queen bagged the second biggest stack, bringing 6,455,000 into Day 5. Queen has locked up the fifth six-figure score of his career and is looking to pad his already impressive $1.9m career earnings.

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Third in chips: Carlos Chadha

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Matthew Berglund

Carlos Chadha bags the third biggest stack after a roller coaster of a day. He rallied late in the day after taking down two huge pots and sending a player home.

Chadha, who boasts $2.4m in live earnings of his own, had prior plans for what will now be his Day 5, but final tabling the Championship event is certainly reason enough to move some things around.

Fourth in chips: Anthony Zinno

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Matthew Berglund

Anthony Zinno will unbag the fourth-biggest stack at the start of the live-streamed final table. With $11.5m in career live earnings, three WPT titles, and four WSOP bracelets, Zinno is the most accomplished and decorated player at the final table. 

Interestingly, Zinno's first live win was at the Borgata Poker Open way back in 2013, and he looks to recreate that victory here eleven poker-filled years later.

Fifth in chips: Brian Yoon

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Matthew Berglund

Brian Yoon will return to 2,180,000, just barely above the short stack at the final table. Yoon boasts five WSOP bracelets of his own and $6 million in live earnings, and his presence at the table adds to the level of play we expect to see in the final stages of the event.

Sixth in chips: Casey Hatmaker

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Matthew Berglund

Hatmaker, coming with the shortest stack, is on a huge parlay. He is the last remaining BetMGM Poker online qualifier. As such, he's here on a huge discount with a chance to score some serious money.

Hatmaker has $500k in total live earnings with a best live cash of $64,000, so while he's already locked up his biggest score ever, a win here would more than double his lifetime earnings.

Where and how to watch the finish

Play for Day 5 kicks off today, Jan 26, at 1pm. The full final table will be live-streamed on Borgata's YouTube channel here starting at 1:30pm with the 30-minute delay in place.

To say that we've arrived at a tough final table full of crushers would be an understatement. With a table packed with heavyweight talent, you'll want to keep it locked to instant.poker.org , where you can watch the live stream and get all the behind-the-scenes footage for the exciting conclusion to the BWPO Championship Event!