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Friday, August 25, 2017

What's on Tap: Saturday, August 26th

Tomorrow is Day 1B of this Legends of Poker Main Event, but it's not the only poker being play. At 2 PM, we have another flight of our $100,000 Guaranteed Big HORSE Event. For this flight, the buy-in is upped to $350, and the top 15% will be cashing for $450 and moving on to the Day 2 finals. At 4 PM, it's time for another Survivor Event, but this time, the buy-in is $1,100. That means that the top 10% of finishers will take home $10,000.

It will be a great day of poker action, so make sure you don't miss out on it!

Some Big Stacks as the Main Event Goes to Dinner

Thanks to the hard working folks over at the World Poker Tour live updates team, we have chip counts for some of the big stacks as we are approaching the dinner break of this first Day 1 of the Legends of Poker. There will be two more starting flights played out tomorrow and Sunday, and those flights should be bigger than today's, which is currently at 143 players. The dinner break will last an hour, so the cards will be back in the air around 7:30 PM.

Ben Ludlow - 112,000
Ankush Mandavia - 82,000
Jeremy Ausmus - 77,000
Curt Kohlberg - 76,000
Ben Ector - 74,000
Ping Liu - 70,000

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

The third flight of our $100,000 Guaranteed Big HORSE event drew a total of 58 players, meaning that six more will be moving on to the finals on Tuesday. The next flight will be tomorrow, but for that one, the buy-in is bumped up to $350, and the top 15% will be qualifying instead of the top 10%.

1-6th. $450 + Advance to Day 2

Some More Locals on Day 1A of the Main Event

Below you will see another round of photos from players who call the Bicycle Casino home. On this list is James Cavanaugh, who is fresh off a 14th place finish in the Mega Millions two days ago. We also spotted Nikhil Gera, who took down the WSOP Circuit Main Event here last December, taking home just under $250,000 for his efforts. Scroll down for those photos, and a few more!

Xuan Nguyen

Bobby Suer

Nikhil Gera

James Cavanaugh

Phong "Turbo" Nguyen

Chris Doan

Cards in the Air: $565 Survivor Event

It's time to kick off the third and final event of the day here at the Bike! It's a $565 Survivor Event, meaning that the top 10% of players will all earn $5,000, regardless of their chip stacks at the time. Registration for this event will be open until 7 PM, so come on down and join us!

If you like the Survivor format, we are running another one tomorrow, with a buy-in of $1,100, and a top prize of $10,000 to the top 10%. Good luck everyone!

Announcing the Winners of the Legends of Poker Freeroll

This morning the Bicycle Casino ran a special freeroll for the top players here at the Legends of Poker. A total of 29 players faced off this morning, hoping to make the top 3 spots. Those three players would earn a free seat to the Legends of Poker Main Event, and after nearly six hours of play, the three victors were Fernando Galvan (left), Garo Do (middle), and Mike Wang (right).

We will be sure to keep tabs on all three of these players, as they try to turn this freeroll into a WPT title and massive first place prize!

Nearly 100 Players on First Break of the Main Event

We are two hours into play in the first of three starting days here at the Legends of Poker, and so far, we have 93 entries. Registration will be open throughout the day, so the number will continue to rise as we go on. The first day is usually the smallest of the Main Event, and given that the next two days are the weekend, we are expecting big numbers coming up there.

Cards in the Air: $240 Big HORSE Flight #3

The third flight of our massive $100,000 Guaranteed Big HORSE Event here in the tournament room. So far, only 16 players have qualified for the  Day 2 finals next week, so this could be a great way to secure a big score against a smaller than usual Day 2 field.

Registration for this event will be open until 5 PM, and we will be having flights through Monday, so if you can't come today, be sure to join us this weekend!

Interview with Phuoc Nguyen, Winner of Mega Millions XVII

Yesterday, local player and regular Phuoc Nguyen became the 17th champion of the marquee tournament here at the Bicycle Casino, the Mega Millions. Nguyen defeating a record breaking field to take home over $335,000, the biggest cash of his poker career. We had a chance to catch up with a very happy Nguyen after his massive victory.

You just took down the 17th Mega Millions. How are you feeling?

I feel great I feel very good. I love to play here and all the people in this room are always so nice to me. I love to play over here.

How did the tournament go? Which session did you play?

I double qualified. I played a $160 and took the most chips for that. And then I double qualified in a $550 session.

Tell me how your Day 2 and 3 went.

The Day 2 I didn’t have a lot of chips it was up and down. About average chips most of the time. And then I made two good folds with pocket jacks. If I played I would have called his all in he had AK and hit a king so I would have lost. Next round I picked up jacks again I raised the same guy moved all in. I folded showed him jacks he showed me kings. So I’m happy I didn’t go broke there.

What was your thought process at the final table today?

I had a great time here very fun here. Lots of nice players and very good hard to beat. It was really good. I loved playing with them.

How does this score change your life?

My plan is to keep playing tournaments all the time. I love playing tournament here at the Bike my biggest cashes have come here.

Will you be playing the Legends Main Event?

Yes I will definitely be playing and I think that my confidence is really high right now so I think I’ll do great.

Congratulations again to Phuoc Nguyen on his fantastic victory here at the Bicycle Casino. Good luck in the Main Event!

Some Locals who have Joined Us Early

Below you will see a few of the familiar faces here at the Bike who have join us in Level 1 of the Legends of Poker. This list includes Thomas Zanot, who just yesterday finished in 6th place in the Mega Millions. We also spotted recent WPT champion Daniel Strelitz, as well as Adrian Moreno, who won the WSOP Little One for One Drop Event in the summer's last big event.

Kevin Song

Adrian Moreno

Thomas Zanot

Daniel Strelitz

Danny Geyser

Cards in the Air: The 2017 Legends of Poker Main Event!

It's time to start the biggest event of the year here at the Bicycle Casino, the Legends of Poker Main Event! Last year, Pat Lyons topped a field of 687 players to take home a first place prize of $615,346. Heads-up, he defeated none other than Benjamin Zamani, who would go on to win the WPT Player of the Year last year.

Today, we will be playing ten one-hour levels. This will be the first of three Day 1's here in this event. Good luck everyone, and thank you for coming out and playing the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event!