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Thursday, August 31, 2017

DJ Alexander Eliminated in 4th Place ($161,490)

Phil Hellmuth limped in on the button, and DJ Alexander completed the small blind. Art Papazyan moved all in for just over three million from the big blind, and Hellmuth folded.

Alexander: [Ad][2d]
Papazyan: [Ah][6h]

It looked like they might chop up the pot, but the window card ended that chance, with the flop coming [10d][8s][6c]. Alexander needed running diamonds or deuces now, but the [Jh] on the turn ended things.

Art Papazyan - 6,360,000
DJ Alexander - OUT

Updated Counts on the Break

Blinds: 120,000-240,000

JC Tran - 7,935,000
Art Papazyan - 6,840,000
Phil Hellmuth - 4,190,000
DJ Alexander - 3,885,000

Papazyan Doubles Through Tran

Art Papazyan shoved all in for his final 2.5 million, and JC Tran called to put him at risk.

Papazyan: [8s][8d]
Tran: [Ad][8c]

Papazyan is in great shape to score the double up, and he kept that lead on the [Qd][10h][5h] flop. Tran picked up some backdoor flush and straight outs, and he would pick up those flush outs on the [8h] turn. It also gave Papazyan a set, but any heart that wasn't the queen would work for Tran now. The river brought the [2s], and Papazyan was able to score the double up.

JC Tran - 7,800,000
Art Papazyan - 5,400,000

Some Chip Stacks From the $100,000 Guaranteed Event

We walked over to the cash game area to see how the $100,000 Guaranteed Event was going. They are down to the final 25 players right now, and the blinds are 12,000-24,000, with an average stack of 810,000. Below you will see a few of the notables who are still alive and vying for the final Legends of Poker title this series. Be sure to stay tuned to find out who is the victor!

Alan Myerson - 1.25 million
Artak Babayan - 1.1 million
Frank Lin - 1.01 million
Mark Hamilton - 910,000
Bobby Suer - 780,000
Prince Cassell - 400,000

Hellmuth Doubles Through Tran

Phil Hellmuth gets his short stack in the middle preflop holding [Ad][2d], and he is up against the [Qs][8s] of JC Tran. The board rand down [3c][Kd][9h][2s][6c], and Hellmuth's deuces were good enough to earn the double up.

Here is how the final four stack up right now.

JC Tran - 10,345,000
Art Papazyan - 6,205,000
DJ Alexander - 4,190,000
Phil Hellmuth - 2,110,000

Alexander Doubles Through Hellmuth

JC Tran raised to 225,00, and Phil Hellmuth called in the small blind. DJ Alexander moved all in for 2,275,000 from the big blind, and Tran folded. Hellmuth quickly called though, and was well out in front.

Alexander: [Ad][9h]
Hellmuth: [Jc][Jh]

The flop came down [9d][6h][2c], giving Alexander top pair, but keeping Hellmuth in the lead. However, the [As] on the turn completely flipped the script, and sent Hellmuth shooting up out of his chair. The [2d] completes board, and Alexander scored a big double up, knocking Hellmuth down to just ten big blinds.

DJ Alexander - 4,780,000
Phil Hellmuth - 1,415,000

Alexander Doubles Through Tran

JC Tran raised it up to 235,000, and DJ Alexander reraised to 550,000. Tran moved all in, and Alexander thought for a bit before calling.

Alexander: [6d][6h]
Tran: [Ad][Qs]

It was a classic coin flip, and Alexander took a nice lead when the flop came [10s][9c][7d]. Tran picked up a few more outs with the [Kc] turn, needing an ace, queen, or jack now. The river brought the [Kd], and Alexander scored the double up to over four million.

JC Tran - 7,105,000
DJ Alexander - 4,330,000

The Bubble Has Burst in the $100,000 Guaranteed Event

Over in the cash game area, the $100,000 Guaranteed Event has just hit the money after the hand-for-hand process. Everyone who is still alive has locked up at least $665. Be sure to come back later to find out who wins this final Legends of Poker event!

Alexander Doubles Through Hellmuth

DJ Alexander moved all in from under the gun, and it folded around to Phil Hellmuth in the big blind, who made the call.

Alexander: [Kd][9c]
Hellmuth: [Ah][7c]

The flop came down [9s][9d][2s], giving Alexander trip nines. Hellmuth would need running aces now to win, but the [5c] turn card ended things.  

Players are now taking their first break of the day. Here's how the stacks are at the moment.

JC Tran - 11,265,000
Art Papazyan - 4,930,000
Phil Hellmuth - 4,205,000
DJ Alexander - 2,470,000

Marvin Rettenmaier Eliminated in 5th Place ($120,775)

Marvin Rettenmaier shoved all in on the button for his final 900,000, and Art Papazyan called in the small blind. JC Tran also called in the big blind, and they went three ways to the flop.

Those cards came [8s][6s][3c], and Papazyan checked to Tran, who bet 650,000. Papazyan quickly folded, and the cards were face up.

Rettenmaier: [Qh][10c]
Tran: [8h][8d]

Rettenmaier could only win now with running nine and jack, and he caught the [Jd] on the turn. However, the [4h] completed the board, and Tran took down the pot, getting us to four handed play.

JC Tran - 11,245,000
Marvin Rettenmaier - OUT

Adam Swan Eliminated in 6th Place ($91,825)

After a raise from Phil Hellmuth, Adam Swan moved all in for his final 1.3 million. It folded back around to Hellmuth, who quickly called.

Swan: [Ad][Jh]
Hellmuth: [Qs][Qc]

This was dejavu all over again for Hellmuth, who was eliminated in dramatic fashion at his last WPT final table with the same hands in play. Hellmuth would survive the flop of [Kc][Js][3h], as well as the [6d] turn. The river was the [4h], and Hellmuth's queens held to score him the first knockout of the final table.

Phil Hellmuth - 4,665,000
Adam Swan - OUT

By the Numbers: $100,000 Guaranteed Finale

The final event of the Legends of Poker proved to be a massive one, as nearly 80 players came out to buy-in directly for Day 2. That means that the prize pool swelled up to over $238,000. Below you will the final payouts for this event, with first place taking home nearly $50,000!

1. $48,901
2. $26,250
3. $18,515
4. $14,540
5. $11,525
6. $9,105
7. $7,090
8. $5,370
9. $3,865
10-12. $2,520
13-15. $2,200
16-18. $1,910
19-21. $1,665
22-24. $1,455
25-27. $1,245
28-36. $1,030
37-45. $825
46-54. $665

Cards in the Air: Legends of Poker Main Event Final Table

It's time to find out who the next Legends of Poker champion is going to be! It's a stacked final table, with two former two-time WPT winners, chip leader JC Tran and Marvin Rettenmaier, as well as talented players DJ Alexander, Adam Swan, and Art Papazyon.

And then, there's Phil Hellmuth. The 14-time WSOP bracelet winner has done it all in poker, except for one blemish on his resume, a WPT title. Hellmuth is in the middle of the pack, but he certainly has more experience than anyone at the final table.

It should be an exciting final table, and we will be posting all the big hands and eliminations, so don't go anywhere!

Seat 1: DJ Alexander - 2,730,000

Seat 2: Adam Swan - 1,655,000

Seat 3: Marvin Rettenmaier - 1,225,000

Seat 4: Art Papazyan - 6,005,000

Seat 5: JC Tran - 8,295,000

Seat 6: Phil Hellmuth - 2,940,000

Cards in the Air: $100,000 Guaranteed Day 2

It's time to kick off the finals of the last event of the Legends of Poker this year! The prizepool is already up to $135,000, and that number will be sky rocketing as players will be coming in to buy-in directly for $1,400 on Day 2. Registration will be open until 2:30 PM, so be sure you don't miss out.

Click here for a full list of returning players. Good luck all!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Final Table is Set With JC Tran Leading the Way

David "Doc" Sands looked like he would be setting himself up for a good stack at the final table when he got his pocket kings in preflop against JC Tran's Ace-Queen, but Tran caught two queens on the flop, and rivered quads to increase his chip lead. Below you will see the final chip stacks for everyone who will be coming back tomorrow at 4 PM for the finals. 

Seat 1: DJ Alexander - 2,730,000

Seat 2: Adam Swan - 1,655,000

Seat 3: Marvin Rettenmaier - 1,225,000

Seat 4: Art Papazyan - 6,005,000

Seat 5: JC Tran - 8,295,000

Seat 6: Phil Hellmuth - 2,940,000

Jared Griener Eliminated in 8th Place ($57,190)

After a raise and a call in front of him, Jared Griener moved all in from the small blind for 1.2 million. JC Tran was in the big blind, and he called the all in. The other two players folded, and the cards hit their backs.

Griener: [8h][8c]
Tran: [Qh][Qc]

The board ran down [Ac][9h][3c][9d][Jh], and Tran scored the knockout to increase his chip lead, while Griener falls short of making another WPT final table this year.

Congratulations to Javid Javani, Winner of the Big HORSE Event

After Craig Chait bowed out in third place, Javid Javani and Rick Muniz agreed to a deal heads up that saw Javani take home the lion's share of the prizepool, along with the trophy. Javani will take home $28,135, while Muniz earned $25,535 for this efforts.

Congratulations to both players on their impressive runs. Thanks for playing at the Bicycle Casino!

Updated Counts From the Main Event

We have a fresh round of chip counts for you guys from the Legends of Poker Main Event, courtesy of the World Poker Tour Live Updates team. We still need to lose two more players before play ends for the night.

JC Tran - 5,760,000
Adam Swan - 4,390,000
Phil Hellmuth - 2,550,000
David Sands - 2,480,000
Marvin Rettenmaier - 2,405,000
DJ Alexander - 2,030,000
Art Papazyan - 1,745,000
Jared Griener - 1,400,000

Rick Muniz Leads the Final Three in Big HORSE

With a break in the action in the Main Event, we took a walk over to the Big HORSE Event, where they are now three handed. Rick Muniz holds a nice lead with 4.7 million. Second right now is Javid Javani, who has 2.9 million, and the short stack is former Legends of Poker finalist Craig Chait, who has 575,000. That is much better than the 6,000 that he was crippled down to not too long ago however.

Be sure to stay tuned to find out who takes down this Big HORSE title!

Osmin Dardon Eliminated in 9th Place ($43,570)

Osmin Dardon, who started Day 3 as the chip leader and was one of the bigger stacks for much of the day, saw most of his chips go to Jared Griener, when Griener had kings against Dardon's Ace-King. Dardon would hang around for a bit before his final chips went to chip leader JC Tran.

On the final hand, Dardon got his money in on the turn of a board showing [Ah][8d][4h][9d]. Dardon had [9h][5h] for a pair and flush draw, but he was well behind the [8h][8c] of Tran. The river bricked out, and Dardon was sent to the rail.

Photos and Fresh Counts From the Legends of Poker Final Table

Seat 1: David "Doc" Sands - 2,860,000

Seat 2: DJ Alexander - 1,120,000

Seat 3: Adam Swan - 3,320,000

Seat 4: Marvin Rettenmaier - 1,690,000
Seat 5: Osmin Dardon - 1,620,000

Seat 6: Art Papazyan - 2,780,000

Seat 7: Jared Griener - 1,440,000
Seat 8: JC Tran - 6,600,000

Seat 9: Phil Hellmuth - 1,680,000

Just Six Remain in the Big HORSE Event

Over in the cash game area, there are only six players still alive in the Big HORSE Event, as two time WSOP bracelet winner Marco Johnson was eliminated by Rick Muniz in Big O right as we arrived to the table. Muniz, Javid Javani, and Maniu Gera are the three chip leaders, all around two million, while Craig Chait and Hermilo Vargas are both quite short. Randy Ohel is in the middle of the pack with around 650,000.

Some Details on Tomorrow's $100,000 Guaranteed Day 2 Buy-In

Tomorrow marks the final day of the 2017 Legends of Poker, and while the Main Event will be played out in the tournament ballroom, the Day 2 of the $100,000 Guaranteed Event will be playing out in the cash game area. For the first two levels, or until about 2:30 PM, players will be able to buy-in directly for $1,400. That will get players an average chip stack of 125,000, with the blinds starting at just 1,000-2,000.

The prizepool will easily be going past the $100,000 Guarantee, and this event will end tomorrow night. Click here for a full structure of the Day 2 finals. Good luck players!

Cards in the Air: Final Day 1 Session of the $100,000 Guaranteed Event

The fourth and final starting flight for this last event of the 2017 Legends of Poker has just kicked off here in the main cash game area. The buy-in today is $240, and registration will be open until 7 PM. We should be crossing over the $100,000 Guaranteed mark in this level, but that number will quickly rise tomorrow during the Day 2 buy-in period, where players can buy-in for $1,400 for the first two levels.

Good luck everyone!

Fresh Counts From the Final 13

There are just 13 players left in the Legends of Poker Main Event, meaning the final table is just around the corner. Below you will see how the final 13 players stack up, thanks to the World Poker Tour Live Updates team today.

Blinds: 15,000-30,000

1. JC Tran - 3,965,000
2. Oddie Dardon - 2,890,000
3. Alex Greenblatt - 2,465,000
4. Adam Swan - 2,405,000
5. D.J. Alexander - 1,945,000
6. David "ODB" Baker - 1,725,000
7. David Sands - 1,475,000
8. Marvin Rettenmaier - 1,215,000
9. Phil Hellmuth - 1,110,000
10. Srihari Mupparaju - 890,000
11. Art Papazyan - 860,000
12. Benjamin Nguyen - 840,000
13. Jared Griener - 810,000

By the Numbers: Third Flight of the $100,000 Guaranteed Event

The third flight of the $100,000 Guaranteed Event drew a tournament high 185 entries, meaning that the final 22 players will be moving on to the finals tomorrow. The fourth and final flight will be starting up at 4 PM today, with registration open until 7 PM. Remember that the finals tomorrow will be tomorrow at 1 PM, where players will be able to buy-in directly for $1,400!

1-22nd. $400 + Advance to Day 2

Down to the Final Two Tables in the Main Event

The final 16 players have just done a full two table redraw. JC Tran still holds the chip lead with 3.2 million, but a couple of players are slowing catching up to him, as Alex Greenblatt (2.5 million), David "ODB" Baker (2.26 million), Oddie Dardon (2.22 million), and DJ Alexander (2.215 million), are all inching closer to him .

Here is a list of the players who have been eliminated so far.

These players each won $22,685 today.

17. Jason Les
18. Mike Heshmati

These three all won $19,880.

19. Tuan Le
20. Garrett Greer
21. Arkadi Onikoul

And lastly, these three won $17,430 today.

22. Lawrence Ma
23. Paul Galzano
24. Allan Le

Cards in the Air: Big HORSE Day 3

Over in the cash game area, Day 3 of the Big HORSE event is playing out, with just 12 players remaining. Maniu Gera leads the way with 1,435,000, and right behind her is two-time WSOP bracelet winner Marco Johnson. Scroll down for pictures and stacks of everyone who is still alive.

We will mostly be focusing on the Main Event today, but will be sure to post the final results from this event. Good luck to the final 12! 


David Marqolis - 200,000

Henry Ferguson - 405,000

Marco Johnson - 1,335,000

Hermilo Vargas - 515,000

Craig Chait - 585,000

Javid Javani - 975,000


Adam Geyer - 365,000

Rick Muniz - 825,000

Randy Ohel - 370,000

Maniu Gera - 1,435,000 
Walter Smiley - 340,000

Levon Torosyan - 735,000

The Top 5 Stacks to Start the Day

JC Tran - 3,061,000

Steven Tabb - 2,128,000
David "ODB" Baker - 1,675,000

Adam Swan - 1,636,000

Alex Greenbalt - 1,310,000

Day 4 of the Main Event Now Underway

It's play down day here at the 2017 Legends of Poker Main Event. What will start out as 24 players will become the TV final table of six by the end of the day. The favorite to make that final table right now is JC Tran, who bagged up over 3 million chips last night. Steven Tabb is the only player left who is even over the 2 million mark.

It will be 90 minute levels all day until the final six is reached. Good luck to the final 24 in your quest to become the next Legend of Poker!

Cards in the Air: Third Flight of the $100,000 Guaranteed Event

Yesterday saw 35 players advance to the Day 2 finals tomorrow, and it's time to kick off another starting flight here at the Bike. Registration will be open today until 2:30 PM, with the final flight starting up at 4 PM.

Remember that the top 12% today will be cashing for $400, and will move on to the finals. Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Play Ends With Two-Time WPT Champion JC Tran Holding the Lead

And then...there were 24.

Play has ended for the night, and one of the biggest names in the field has the chip lead. Two time WPT Champion JC Tran bagged up 3,061,000, good for more than 150 big blinds when players return tomorrow at 12 PM.

Other players still alive are Phil Hellmuth, Garrett Greer, Jason Les, Jared Griener, Oddie Dardon, Lawrence Ma, and David "ODB" Baker.

Stay tuned for a full list of chip counts from the final 24, and be sure to come back here tomorrow for more updates from this 2017 Legends of Poker Main Event!

Local Pro David "ODB" Baker Leads Towards the End of the Night

The Main Event is down to just 31 players, and we will be stopping play tonight when we reached the final 24. The current chip leader is a familiar face to the Bike, local pro David "ODB" Baker. He has just over 2 million at the moment. Scroll down to see how some of the other locals who are still in are faring, courtesy of the WPT Live Updates squad, and be sure to stick around for a full list of chip counts when the night is done.

David "ODB' Baker - 2,175,000
Tuan Le - 1,280,000
Benjamin Nguyen - 780,000
Michael Rocco - 700,000
Oddie Dardon - 685,000
Jared Griener - 600,000
Garrett Greer - 580,000
Arkadi Onikoul - 540,000
Allan Le - 520,000
James Cavanaugh - 450,000
Lawrence Ma - 445,000
Bobby Suer - 300,000
Igor Zektser - 300,000

Final Payouts for the $100,000 Guaranteed Big HORSE Event

Thanks to the Day 2 buy-ins, we crushed another guarantee here at the Legends of Poker, as the Big HORSE Event created a prizepool of $145,645. The final 27 players will finish in the money with a min cash good for $800. First place will take home over $34,000, along with the prestigious title. Scroll down for a full breakdown of the payouts.

1. $34,170
2. $19,500
3. $13,125
4. $9,980
5. $7,130
6. $5,340
7. $3,700
8-9. $2,350
10-12. $1,850
13-16. $1,350
17-20. $1,140
21-24. $960
25-27. $800

By the Numbers: Second Flight of the $100,000 Guaranteed Event

The second flight of the $100,000 Guaranteed Event drew a total of 146 players, drawing five more than this morning's flight. That means that 18 more players will be moving on to the Day 2 finals in a couple of days.

Tomorrow there will be two more flights for this event, starting up at 11:30 AM and 4 PM. Good luck players!

1-18th. $400 + Advance to Day 2 Finals

Some Photos From the $1 Billion WPT Celebration

There was a brief pause in the Main Event when T.J. Shepard busted out in 47th place, as it marked the WPT crossing over the $1 Billion mark in prize money given out. As a result, Shepard has earned a free entry into next year's Legends of Poker Main Event, as well as hotel accommodations for that event. Shepard posed for some photos and made a speech after his knockout, and you couldn't wipe the smile off of his face. 

The best part? Shepard satellited into the event, and turned that $430 investment into a payday of $10,405. Congratulations to TJ Shepard. We'll see you next year!

T.J. Shepard with Bike TD Mo Fathipour and WPT CEO Adam Pliska

The Billion $ Girls!