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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Phil Hellmuth Headlines the Mega Millions Final Table

It only took a few hands for us to get to the final table of nine players tonight, and it was a pretty wild hand that did it. Action started with Triet Nguyen raising it up to 650,000. Jose Mendoza called, and a few seats over, John Marr moved all in for 4.8 million. Nguyen moved all in over the top, and Mendoza immediately went into the tank.

He sat back in his chair, put his hands on his head, and thought for about two minutes before folding.

Nguyen: [Ac][As]
Marr: [Kh][Jc]

The flop of [7c][2h][7s] left Marr drawing all but dead, and the [Qd] on the turn confirmed that. That card drew a huge sigh from Mendoza, who shot out of his chair and claimed he folded pocket queens. As it was, the aces held for Nguyen to get us down to the final nine.

Below you will see how the final nine stack up. They will come back tomorrow at 2 PM to play down to a winner. Good luck to them all!

Seat 1: Triet Nguyen - 14,860,000
Seat 2: Jose Mendoza - 15,300,000
Seat 3: Eric Wu - 13,825,000
Seat 4: Vuong Do - 7,200,000
Seat 5: Pogos Simityan - 3,000,000
Seat 6: Todd Kriesman - 10,745,000
Seat 7: Joo Park - 3,200,000
Seat 8: Alex Tran - 11,525,000
Seat 9: Phil Hellmuth - 5,575,000

Unofficial Final Table Seating Chart and Photos

Jesse Yaginuma just missed out on the unofficial final table, and it was due to a bad beat at the hands of Todd Kreisman. Yaginuma got his final chips in holding pocket kings, and he was well ahead of the pocket jacks of Kreisman. However, a jack came right on the flop, and Yaginuma wasn't able to spike a two outer of his own from there.

This get us down to just ten players now, and you can view how those ten stack up now. Once we lose one more player, we will be done for the night.

Seat 1: Triet Nguyen - 8,250,000

Seat 2: Jose Mendoza - 18,200,000

Seat 3: Eric Wu - 10,400,000

Seat 4: Vuong Do - 7,500,000

Seat 5: John Marr - 4,500,000

Seat 6: Pogos Simityan - 3,000,000

Seat 7: Todd Kreisman - 10,300,000

Seat 8: Joo Park - 3,900,000

Seat 9: Alex Tran - 10,800,000

Seat 10: Phil Hellmuth - 5,700,000


Yaginuma Spikes River on Hellmuth

Blinds: 100,000-200,000

Action folded to Jesse Yaginuma on the button, and he moved all in for his final 2,750,000. Next to act, Phil Hellmuth called to put him at risk.

Yaginuma: [Ad][10s]
Hellmuth: [Ah][Qc]

The flop of [8s][7h][5c] didn't help Yaginuma much, and he stood up to start to grab his bag. The [Jh] on the turn gave Yaginuma a gutshot straight draw, and sure enough, the [9c] on the river would complete that draw.

Yaginuma and tablemate Joo Park began to laugh, while Hellmuth had a few moments of silence before standing up and going on a standard Hellmuth rant. The highlights included "What is this guy going here. First 10-5 and then this hand. It's like he's not even trying!"

Yaginuma double up to nearly six million after that hand, while Hellmuth is back down to about 4.5 million.

Hellmuth Surging As We are Down to 12 Now

It's been a great level for Phil Hellmuth, who is now above the average chip stack for the first time all day. This surge comes after we lost Joe Saccone in 15th, Thu Nguyen in 14th and J Dorman in 13th.

Below you will see how the final 12 currently stack up. Once we get down to the final 10, we will post photos and updated counts for each player still in.

Table 1

Seat 1: Pogos Simityan - 1,400,000
Seat 2: Jose Mendoza - 17,200,000
Seat 3: Joo Park - 3,200,000
Seat 4: Jesse Yaginuma - 2,750,000
Seat 5: Phil Hellmuth - 7,200,000
Seat 6: Todd Kreisman - 7,500,000

Table 2

Seat 1: John Marr - 2,200,000
Seat 2: Triet Nguyen - 8,900,000
Seat 3: Alex Tran - 8,200,000
Seat 4: Vuong Do - 6,300,000
Seat 5: Eric Wu - 10,200,000
Seat 6: Josias Santos - 7,200,000

Tough Beat Gets Us to the Final 15

We quickly lost Paul Imondi in 18th place, and Shaun Davis in 17th place. After that, we had over half an hour between eliminations, but Chad Geske just busted in 16th. He shoved his short stack on the button with [As][2s], and he was called by Eric Wu in the small blind with [Ah][5h].

The flop of [Ac][2c][Kd] shot Geske into the lead, and while his hand would hold on the turn, the river was the brutal [5c]. "Oh my god," Geske said as he shot out of his chair.

That gets us down to just 15 players now. Below you will see how those 15 stack up, once again listed off through their current seats.

Table 1

Seat 1: Alex Tran - 9,500,000
Seat 2: Pogos Simityan - 1,200,000
Seat 3: Jose Mendoza - 18,500,000
Seat 4: Joo Park - 3,700,000
Seat 5: Joe Saccone - 1,000,000
Seat 6: Jesse Yaginuma - 4,200,000
Seat 7: Phil Hellmuth - 2,200,000
Seat 8: Todd Kreisman - 7,500,000

Table 2

Seat 1: John Marr - 2,800,000
Seat 2: Triet Nguyen - 8,100,000
Seat 3: J Dorman - 1,200,000
Seat 4: Vuong Do - 6,800,000
Seat 5: Thu Nguyen - 4,500,000
Seat 6: Eric Wu - 7,000,000
Seat 7: Josias Santos - 5,500,000

Hellmuth Not Happy with the Runout

Phil Hellmuth is the short stack now of the final 17 left, and he thought he had secured a double up through Jesse Yaginuma, but the turn and river wouldn't comply.

Action folded around to Yaginuma in the small blind, and he shoved all in, easily having Hellmuth covered. The former WSOP Main Event champion slowly sweated both of his cards, but as soon as he confirmed his holdings, he slide his remaining chips in.

Hellmuth: [Ac][10c]
Yaginuma: [10c][5d]

The flop of [As][Qs][6s] all but ensured that Hellmuth would win the hand, but the turn and river were both spades, making for a flush on the board, and a chopped pot. Many players at the table laughed at the runout, while Hellmuth was left to say a few not so nice words about Yaginuma's decision to shove all in.

That pot was chopped, and Hellmuth is still sitting on the short stack after that hand.

Seating Chart for the Final Two Tables

Play slowed down immensely once we got down to the final three tables, but a few eliminations in succession has quickly gotten us down to the final 17. We have a new chip leader to report, as Triet Nguyen has overtaken Jose Mendoza. Those two are seated right next to each other now, so we could see some more fireworks between those two.

Here is how the final 17 currently stack up, based on their current seat.

Blinds: 75,000-150,000 Average: 5,052,000

Table 1

Seat 1: Alex Tran - 7,200,000
Seat 2: Pogos Simityan - 2,100,000
Seat 3: EMPTY
Seat 4: Joo Park - 2,600,000
Seat 5: Shaun Davis - 1,600,000
Seat 6: Joe Saccone - 1,500,000
Seat 7: Jesse Yaginuma - 4,400,000
Seat 8: Phil Hellmuth - 600,000
Seat 9: Todd Kreisman - 7,700,000

Table 2

Seat 1: John Marr - 2,600,000
Seat 2: Jose Mendoza - 11,500,000
Seat 3: Triet Nguyen - 12,300,000
Seat 4: J Dorman - 1,500,000
Seat 5: Vuong Do - 6,700,000
Seat 6: Thu Nguyen - 6,500,000
Seat 7: Chad Geske - 1,700,000
Seat 8: Eric Wu - 5,900,000
Seat 9: Josias Santos - 6,200,000

Mendoza Continues Blistering Pace

Jose Mendoza simply cannot be stopped today it seems. Every time we walk over to his table, he seems to be stacking more chips. He now has over 15 million, and as has been the case all day, that is more than double the next closest competitor, who appears to be Alex Tran at the moment.

Once we get down to the final two tables, we will grab more updated chip counts for you guys.

Latest Round of Bustouts: 22-27th Places

We have had two pay jumps since our last bustout update, as there are only 21 players remaining now. The following players each took home $8,335 tonight.

22. Paul Chauderson
23. Gary Sewell
24. Sean Yu

And these three won $7,095 for their efforts.

25. Alexander Beleson
26. Harry Arutyunyan
27. Mazen Abdallah

Mendoza Keeping Big Lead on Second Break

We are four levels into play today, and the 26 remaining players are taking another 10 minute break. As the title indicates, Jose Mendoza still holds a hefty lead over the field, as he has double the stack of anyone else still remaining with over 11 million. Former Legends of Poker champion Harry Arutyunyan is one of the players competing for second in chips  right now, as he has about 5.5 million.

Stay tuned for more updates from this Day 3 finals, as we inch closer to the final table of nine!

Hellmuth Finds a Double Up With Aces

Phil Hellmuth had folded down to about 10 big blinds before he found a double up with pocket aces. As he is known to do, Hellmuth instantly slide his stack into the middle frantically after his opponent set him all in. Hellmuth was up against Ace-Ten, and he had his opponent drawing dead by the turn.

Hellmuth is still on the shorter side after that double up, but is in much better shape now with 1.7 million.

By the Numbers: $100,000 Guaranteed Event

This morning's $100,000 Guaranteed Event drew a crowd of 188 players, meaning the Bike had to add about $8,000 to reach the posted guarantee. The final 24 players will be finishing in the money tonight, with first place taking home $26,155, and a seat to this weekend's Legends of Poker Main Event.

1. $26,115 + $5,000 WPT Main Event Seat
2. $17,170
3. $9,405
4. $7,270
5. $5,490
6. $4,465
7. $3,495
8. $2,725
9. $2,070
10-12. $1,500
13-15. $1,245
16-18. $1,065
19-21. $930
22-24. $845

Fresh Counts From the Final 27

Blinds: 40,000-80,000 Average: 3,180,000

Jose Mendoza - 13,000,000
Harry Arutyunyan - 6,300,000
Paul Chauderson - 2,000,000
Michael Ung - 1,800,000
Jesse Yaginuma - 1,750,000
Loc Nguyen - 1,700,000
Gary Sewell - 1,400,000
Sean Yu - 1,100,000
Thu Nguyen - 1,100,000
Phil Hellmuth - 990,000

Latest Round of Bustouts: 28-36th Places

The fianl 27 players are in the midst of a full three table redraw. When they take their seats, we will grab another round of fresh chip counts. In the meantime, these are the players who just missed out on the redraw.

28. Joseph Cheong
29. Dennis Beres
30. Thomas Paul
31. Rob McVeigh
32. Brian Hutchinson
33. Dong Xu
34. Troy To Pong Low
35. Jerry Richardson
36. Gary yates

Cards in the Air: $20,000 Guaranteed Mixed Game Event

We are once again switching things up here at the Legends of Poker, as we are moving back to the mixed games for our latest afternoon event. Today, players will be switching between Limit A-5, 2-7, and Badugi.

Registration will be open until 5:50 PM tonight, and the buy-in is $570.

First Break of the Day 3 Finals

We are down to just 35 players now on the first break of the day in the Mega Million Day 3 finals. Our two big stacks to start the day have been going in opposite directions so far. Jose Mendoza, who started the day with 6.6 million, has nearly doubled that, as he currently has about 11,500,000, and is easily the chip leader at the moment.

On the other side, Michael Ung, who started with 5.6 million today, is all the way down to 1.7 million, and is now a below average stack. Former WSOP bracelet winners Sean Yu, Phil Hellmuth, and Joseph Cheong are all still in, but like Ung, are below average as well.

Stay tuned for more updates, as we wait to determine the latest Mega Millions final table!

Latest Round of Bustouts: 37-45th Places

The following players all took home $4,765 tonight. This list includes the only former champion who was still in, Sarkis Keshishian, meaning there will in fact be a new champion.

37. Brock Wilson
38. Avi Sarfati
39. Steven Mira
40. Reuben Hoang
41. Paul Javier
42. Anonymous
43. Yary Hing
44. Benjamin Moon
45. Sarkis Keshishian

Some Notable Stacks From the Final Four Tables

Blinds: 25,000-50,000 Average: 2,385,000

Jose Mendoza - 11,500,000
Harry Arutyunyan - 4,900,000
Michael Ung - 4,200,000
Loc Nguyen - 3,400,000
Paul Chauderson - 3,100,000
Sean Yu - 2,000,000
Joseph Cheong - 1,800,000
Jesse Yaginuma - 1,600,000
Thu Nguyen - 1,400,000
Phil Hellmuth - 1,300,000
Gary Sewell - 1,050,000

Overlay Alert in the $100,000 Guaranteed Event

We are in Level 6 over in this morning's $100,000 Guaranteed Event, and we have a field of 146 players so far. That means that at the moment, the Bicycle Casino is kicking in nearly $30,000 to cover the guarantee. 

Registration is still open until 3:30 PM in this event, so you have time to come on down and take advantage of the added money from the Bike!

Next Round of Bustouts: 46-54th Places

The following players each took home $3,785, locking up a small profit for any players who brought in on Day 2 directly.

46. Shaun Davis
47. Ron West
48. Derek Kwan
49. Darren Healy
50. Mark Jun
51. Sergei Nikiforov
52. Phil Laak
53. Nissar Quraishi
54. Trung Pham

Fresh Counts From the Final 45

Blinds: 20,000-40,000 Average: 2,045,000

Jose Mendoza - 8,200,000
Michael Ung - 5,800,000
Harry Arutyunyan - 3,800,000
Paul Chauderson - 2,800,000
Joseph Cheong - 1,900,000
Loc Nguyen - 1,900,000
Sean Yu - 1,500,000
Phil Hellmuth - 1,500,000
Jesse Yaginuma - 1,300,000
Thu Nguyen - 950,000
Gary Sewell - 600,000

First Few Bustouts Today

It took just 30 minutes to get us to the first pay jump today, as we now have 54 players left. We will post the first round of notable chip counts once we get down to the final five tables. In the meantime, these players each took home $2,830 tonight.

55. Arman Tyfekchyan
56. Dave Fernandez
57. Brett Murray
58. Hogul Lee
59. Lawrence Ma

The Top Stacks to Start the Day 3 Finals

Jose Mendoza - 6,645,000

Michael Ung - 5,625,000

Dennis Beres - 3,000,000

Chad Geske - 2,840,000

Eric Wu - 2,670,000


Cards in the Air: $100,000 Guaranteed One Day Event

We kick off another day of Legends of Poker action with a $550 buy-in $100,000 Guaranteed Event. This one day tournament will have registration open until 3:30 PM today, and the winner will take home around $20,000, and a $5,000 WPT Main Event seat for this weekend!

Good luck everyone!

Schedule for Today: Wednesday, August 28th

11:30 AM - $100,000 Guaranteed One Day Event. $550 buy-in. Registration open until 3:30 PM. Winner earns $5,000 WPT Main Event seat.

3 PM - $20,000 Guaranteed Mixed Game Event. A-5, 2-7, and Badugi. $570 buy-in. Registration open until 5:50 PM

8 PM - $230 Mega Satellite. Guaranteeing 10 $1,100 seats for tomorrow's $100,000 Guaranteed Event. Registration open until 9:30 PM

Day 3 Return List for Mega Millions XXI

Just 59 players are returning today at 1 PM for Day 3 of the Mega Millions XXI. It's a two horse race at the top, with Jose Mendoza and Michael Ung both bagging stacks that were double anyone else in the field.

You can view the full return list by clicking here. We will be back at 1 PM to bring you all of the updates until the final table is reached tonight, so be sure to come back then!

Jose Mendoza and Michael Ung Bag Mammoth Stacks

The 21st ever Day 2 of the Mega Millions is now in the books here at the Bicycle Casino, and leading the way is local regular Jose Mendoza, with a massive stack of 6,645,000. The only other player close to him at the moment is Michael Ung, who has 5,625,000.

As is usually the case in this event, we have plenty of huge names and former WSOP bracelet winners still left in the field, including Joseph Cheong (2,095,000),  Phil Hellmuth (1,300,000), and Sean Yu (625,000). Former Legends of Poker champion Harry Arutyunyan (1,810,000) is also still alive, and looking to join Mike Shariati as the only winners of the Legends Main and Mega Millions. The only former champion still alive is Sarkis Keshishian, but he has hit work cut out for him tomorrow with just 285,000 in chips.

Be sure to come back in the morning for a full list of Day 2 survivors from this event. The action picks up once again tomorrow at 1 PM, where we will be playing down to the final table of nine players. Those nine will return at 2 PM on Thursday, where the final table will be streamed on Live at the Bike.

Good night everyone!

Jose Mendoza - 6,645,000 

Michael Ung - 5,625,000