Ray Qartomy (Sugar Land, TX)
Chip Leader - 1.97 Million
It was moving day at the Borgata Winter Poker Open as players hit the money and the final 27 are in position to play for the $542,771 first prize. When Day 3 ended it was Ray Qartomy (Sugar Land, TX) who bagged the most chips with 1.97 million.
"I feel great and I played my best," said Qartomy, who has a strong field chasing him including 2005 WSOP Main Event runner-up Steve Dannenmann who has some work to do as he's 26th out of the 27 remaining players with 247k (12 BB).
In addition to Dannenmann's $4.5 million in earnings, other recognizable names still in the mix include Brent Hanks, Dave "Cold Stone" Inselberg, Jeff Papola, Brock Parker, Brett Richey and Dan Buzgon, who all have more than $500,000 in career tournament earnings. Buzgon is fresh off a stellar 2011 that included his third place finish in the Borgata Poker Open for $335,000.
Qartomy, who's no slouch with $528,000 in earnings, is just ahead of Marc Goldman, who began the day with the chip lead. Other stacks with more than 1 million chips include, Papola, Sam Bernstein, Christian Iacobellis, David Laufer, John Zoldak and Nick Manfredo.
The remaining players are what is left of the 734 entries that put up a total buy-in of $2,422,200. The average stack is 815k (41 BB) and blinds will be 10k/20k/2k ante when play resumes noon Thursday.
"I'm going to keep playing my game, aggressive and tight" said Qartomy, who is originally from Jordan and owns a granite company in Texas. "I hope to have a great day tomorrow."