Andrew Helps Papola Bag & Tag 1.962 Million Chips
Jeff Papola (Monmouth Beach, NJ) feels fortune to be one of the 27 remaining players, let alone be the chip leader at the end of Day 2.
The Borgata trophy holder sucked out against Matt Honig (E.Windsor, NJ) late in the day in a 1.6 million chip pot on his way to bagging the chip lead with just shy of 2 million chips.
"I shouldn't be here," said Papola, the 2011 Borgata Fall Poker Open Six-Max Winner, "I feel like I have a second chance."
Papola was all in on a queen high flop with QJ against Honig's pocket aces and hit a queen on the turn for trips. Honig managed to survive the hand to bag an average stack of 798k.
The final three tables return at noon Wednesday to play for the first prize of $372,56.
"There are a lot of good players left," said Papola, who also has a WSOP bracelet on his resume, "there's a long way to go."
In addition to Papola, other Borgata trophy winners still in the high caliber field include Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler, Christian Harder, Vinny Pahuja, Brian O'Donohue and Abraham Korotki.
Bracelet winners still alive include Papola, Matt Matros, Brock Parker and Brian Lemke. Also returning is Michael Esposito, the 7th place finisher ($1.3 million) in the 2012 WSOP Main Event.