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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tyler Kenney Leads The Final 16; Former Champion Andy Frankenberger Still Alive

Tyler Kenney's Hood Can't Hide His Big Stack
Play has ended a level early tonight as we have reached our final 16 players. Leading the way is Tyler Kenney, who bagged up 2.955 million, just under 150 big blinds. Jeremy Kottler, who finished 4th at the Borgata Poker Open Main Event last September, is in second place with 2.57 million. Taylor McFarland is the only other player with over 100 big blinds. 

There are two huge stories to keep our eyes on tomorrow. The first is Andy Frankenberger. The two-time bracelet winner is also a former WPT champion, and it's not just any WPT he won. In 2010, Frankenberger took down this very tournament for a first place prize of $750,000. If Frankenberger was able to come out on top again, he would be the first player to ever win the same WPT Event twice. He will bring back 1.321 million chips, due in large part to a huge hand just before the end of the night, when Frankeberger's five bet shove got Huy Lam to fold Pocket Queens face up.

And then, there's Keven Stammen. The last time we saw Stammen at a WPT Tournament, he was hoisting the trophy after winning the WPT World Championship in May. It just so happens that tournament was also the LAST major WPT tournament. That's right, Stammen has the chance to become the second person in WPT history to effectively win two WPT Titles in a row. Marvin Rettenmaier accomplished that feat in 2012, winning the WPT Championship to end one season, and then taking down WPT Cyprus to open the following season. Stammen has a stack of 567,000, a stack that saw a huge boom when he knocked out David Chiu with 30 minutes left in the night.
These 16 players will be coming back tomorrow at 1 PM to play down to the final six. Those players will move on to Friday for the televised final table, where the next Legend of Poker champion will be decided. Be sure to come back here tomorrow for updates all day, and join us on the journey to find the final six! 

Table 1

Seat 2. Dylan Wilkerson - 749,000
Seat 3. Anthony Tao - 916,000
Seat 4. Harut Arutyunyan - 1,145,000
Seat 5. Taylor McFarland - 2,211,000
Seat 6. Tyler Cornell - 1,512,000
Seat 7. Owen Crowe - 1,450,000
Seat 8. Gene OLeary - 1,079,000
Seat 9. Jimmy Lee - 317,000

Table 2

Seat 1. Jeremy Kottler - 2,570,000
Seat 3. Tyler Kenney - 2,955,000
Seat 4. Huy Lam - 399,000
Seat 5. Joe Szegedy - 461,000
Seat 6. Massoud Eskandari - 771,000
Seat 7. Keven Stammen - 567,000
Seat 8. Richard Munro - 595,000
Seat 9. Andy Frankenberger - 1,321,000
Andy Frankenberger Looking to Become a Legend of Poker....Again

Play Ends With 16 Players

The tournament staff has decided to end the night a bit early tonight, as we have wrapped up today's play after Level 22 finished. We will be posting up photos and update chip stacks for everyone within the hour, but we can tell you right now that Tyler Kenney will bag the chip lead with just over three million chips. Stay tuned for the final numbers to be posted shortly.

A Few Updated Counts As We Near The Final 18

The clock shows 19 players left, meaning we are only one elimination away from the final two tables here at the WPT Legends of Poker, and there is still a strong chance the WPT title stays on Los Angeles soil.  Gene O'Leary took a hit when his Ace-Queen fell to the pocket Queens of Dylan Wilkerson in a blind vs blind situation, but he's still got over half a million chips to work with.

Los Angeles based pro Massoud Eskandari is sitting on 980,000, and is easily one of the hottest players remaining in the field.  Richard Munro was one of the chip leaders for a while, but his stack has slowly dwindled down to 400,000. And lastly, we still have two remaining Day 2 entrants, as Keven Stammen has 500,000, and Kyle Welsh with 390,000.

The Numbers Are In: 8/27 Legends Of Poker 5PM Event#21 $160 No Limit Hold'em $500,000 Guaranteed

2014 Legends Of Poker Event #21A 5:00-PM
$160 No Limit Hold'em $500,000 Guaranteed
1st Place receives $15,400 WPT World Championship Seat 
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$160 Event #21 NLH $500K-GTD structure

Entries: 138
Add-ons: 121
Advancing: 7
8th-10th: $500
11th-14th: $400 

WPT Legends of Poker update:4th round of payouts 19th-28th:$14,825

Check out the continued coverage on @WPTlive and on the World Poker Tour site!

19th) Martino Bakri
Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Huy Lam raises to 36,000 from middle position and Martino Britke moves all-in for 130,000  total.  Action gets back to Lam, who starts to think.
Britke quizzes his opponent.  "You called ace-six that other hand, you fold for this?"

Lam replies, asking, "You want me to call?"
"Of course I do!"
Lam thinks a little while longer, then calls with 9diamond10diamond. He is up against Britke's KdiamondJheart.

Britke is safe on the 7spade3heart2heart flop and stays safe with the 7diamond on the turn. The river brings the 9spade though, pairing Lam's nine to give him the pot.

Britke pounds his fist on the table in frustration, then abruptly rises, knocking his chair over. He angrily exits the tournament area.

After he is gone, the table is talking about the hand. Lam tells his tablemates he never would've called if his opponent hadn't started talking, egging him on to play the pot.

Huy Lam - 857,000 (54 bb)
Martino Bakri - Eliminated in 19th place ($14,025)

09:12 PM, 08/27/14
20th) David Chiu
Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Keven Stammen is on the button and raises to 32,000. Andy Frankenberger is in the big blind and reraises to around 90,000. Stammen folds.
The very next hand, Stammen raises to 32,000 from the cutoff. David Chiu is on the button and reraises to 76,000. Stammen gives it some thought, then calls.

The flop comes 9heart7spade4spade and Stammen checks.

"One hundred sixty-nine thousand," Chiu announces as he tosses out one chip to indicate he is all-in.

Stammen calls immediately, tabling Jclub9club for a pair of nines. Chiu is out front with QspadeQclub.

Seconds later, the dealer brings the Jdiamond on the turn, giving Stammen two pair and the advantage in the hand.  The river is the Aspade and the pot goes to Stammen.

"I know," Stammen tells Chiu. "I'm blowing up."

"Sorry David," Stammen continues. "I tried."

Chiu accepts his elimination with a smile on his face, wishes the table well, and heads for the payout desk, leaving Stammen and Frankenberger as the only Champions Club members left in the field.

Keven Stammen - 545,000 (34 bb)
David Chiu - Eliminated in 20th place ($14,025)

08:57 PM, 08/27/14
21st) Jeffrey Loiacono
Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Dylan Wilkerson and Jeff Loiacono get it all-in preflop for Loiacono's last 123,000 or so with Wilkerson holding Adiamond8club to Loiacono's Aspade10club.
The Qspade7club5heart flop is a safe one for Loiacono, but the turn brings the 8diamond, giving Wilkerson a pair and the advantage in the hand.

The river brings the Jclub and Wilkerson takes the pot, while Loiacono is the first post-dinner break elimination,

Dylan Wilkerson - 340,000 (21 bb)
Jeff Loiacono - Eliminated in 21st place ($14,025)
08:37 PM, 08/27/14
22nd) Kristina Holst
Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Kristina Holst is all in UTG+1 for about 190,000 with AheartQdiamond, and she needs to improve to stay alive against Kyle Walsh's 5diamond5heart in the small blind.

The board comes Kheart7club2club4club5club, and Walsh wins the pot with a set of fives to eliminate Holst from the tournament.

Kyle Walsh  -  435,000  (36 bb)
Kristina Holst  -  Eliminated in 22nd Place  ($14,025)
08:00 PM, 08/27/14
23rd) Huy Quang Le
Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante Huy Le and Harut Arutyunyan get it all-in preflop for Le's remaining 295,000 or so with Le holding Adiamond10club to Arutyunyan's AspadeQdiamond.
The board runs out 8spade6spade5diamond5spade2diamond and the bigger ace holds to give Arutyunyan the pot.

Harut Arutyunyan  -  1,275,000 (106 bb)
Huy Le  -  Eliminated in 23rd place ($14,025)

07:46 PM, 08/27/14
(24th) Christopher DeMaci

Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Huy Le raises to 25,000 from under the gun and Chris DeMaci moves all-in for his last 255,000 or so behind him. Action folds to Harut Arutyunyan in late position and he reraises all in for around 450,000.  
Play gets back around to Le, who has around 400,000 chips left, and he folds.

DeMaci turns over QheartQdiamond and he is up against Arutyunyan's AheartAdiamond. The board runs out 9spade8club7heart6spade7spade and DeMaci is eliminated.

Harut Artuyunyan - 700,000 (58 bb)
Chris DeMaci - Eliminated in 24th place ($14,025)
07:08 PM, 08/27/14

25th) Bruce Krammer
Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Taylor McFarland opens to 28,000 in early position and Bruce Kramer three-bets all in for 33,000 from middle position. Gene OLeary calls from the next seat over, McFarland calls and the flop falls 9club5diamond4heart.
OLeary checks out of position, then folds to a bet from McFarland who shows KclubKdiamond

"I need an ace," says Kramer as he shows Aheart7spade.

"No you're ahead," says OLeary. "Low cards!"

The 9club turn and 8club river complete the board, scoring the elimination for McFarland.

However, Kramer now thinks that he wins and exchanges a high five with OLeary.

"He has kings," points out everyone else at the table.

"Oh! I though it was jack-king," replies OLeary.

Taylor McFarland - 1,310,000 (109 bb)
Bruce Kramer - Out in 25th Place ($14,025)
07:05 PM, 08/27/1

26th) William "Vito" Sturiano
Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
The next hand after doubling up Kristina Holst, William Sturiano is in the small blind.  Huy Lam raises in from late position and Sturiano calls all-in for his last 11,000.

Sturiano shows Qclub4spade and Lam turns over Jdiamond9heart.

The board runs out JspadeJheart7heart4club6diamond and Lam improves to trip jacks to take the pot and eliminate Sturiano on the last hand of the level.

Huy Lam - 425,000 (43 bb)
William Sturiano - Eliminated in 26th place ($14,025)
06:21 PM, 08/27/14
27th) Matt Salsberg
Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Jimmy Lee raises UTG+1 to 22,000, Tyler Cornell calls from middle position, Jeremy Kottler calls from the cutoff, and Matt Salsberg reraises from the button to 88,000.
Lee and Cornell both fold, and Kottler reraises to 247,000. Salsberg moves all in for about 460,000, and Kottler calls with AheartKclub. Salsberg turns over QclubQheart, and he needs it to hold to stay alive.

The board comes Kheart7spade3spade3club9heart, and Kottler pairs his king on the flop to win the pot and eliminate WPT Season XI Player of the Year Matt Salsberg from the tournament.

Jeremy Kottler  -  2,430,000  (243 bb)
Matt Salsberg  -  Eliminated in 27th Place  ($14,025)
06:19 PM, 08/27/14
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