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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Local Regular Kevin Song Bags the Lead

The first ten levels of the 2019 Legends of Poker Main Event are in the books, and it is a familiar face to the Bicycle Casino who is in the lead. Kevin Song bagged up 362,500, giving himself a nice boost over the rest of the field.

Other local regulars who advancing to Day 2 with a comfortable stack are Owais Ahmed (219,000), Sam Weiss (170,000), Jared Griener (157,500), Adam Weinraub (155,500), David Pham (151,000), Kyung Mun Lee (112,500), and former champion Harry Arutyunyan (93,000).

Click here for a full list of survivors, and don't forget that the second Day 1 flight will be starting tomorrow at 12 PM.


Owais Ahmed 

Harry Arutyunyan 


Final Break of the Night

Players are now taking their fourth and final break of the day here on the opening day of the Legends of Poker Main Event. When they return, they will play two more levels before bagging and tagging for the field.

Local regular Owais Ahmed is maintaining his chip lead over the 188 person field today. For more updates from this Main Event, check out the World Poker Tour live updates page, and be sure to come back in the morning for the return list of survivors from this flight.

What's Coming Up: Sunday, September 1st

Tomorrow is Day 1B of the Main Event, but it isn't the only poker being played. We kick things off at 11:30 AM with the $550 Survivor Event. This has a guarantee of $100,000, and will be capped at 200 players if it get there. The top 10% will all be taking home $5,000 cash for each. That money can be used to buy-in for the Main Event, or could be parlayed into the $5,300 Survivor Event Monday afternoon, where the winners will all be taking home $50,000!

The second day one of the Main Event will be starting up at 12 PM tomorrow, and just like today, registration will be open all day in that event. We wrap things up at 5 PM with a $570 satellite that will be guaranteeing at least three seats to the aforementioned $,300 Survivor Event on Monday.

It will be a fun day of poker action, so be sure you come join us!

Fresh Local Player Main Event Chip Counts

Now that players have returned from dinner in the Main Event, we took a walk around the floor to see how the local players are faring so far. We found that former champion of this event Harry Arutyunyan is building up another big stack, as he is one of the leaders right now. However, they are all trailing local WSOP bracelet winner Owais Ahmed, who is the overall leader at the moment. Scroll down for our list of local counts, and stay tuned for more updates from this Main Event Day 1!

Blinds: 300-600

Owais Ahmed - 215,000
Adam Weinraub - 160,000
Harry Arutyunyan - 152,000
Sam Weiss - 115,000
John Misirian - 81,000
Frank Lin - 81,000
Kyung Min Lee - 71,000
Kevin Song - 64,000
Jordan Cristos - 57,500
Jared Griener - 56,000
Anuj Agarwal - 54,000
Bruce Kramer - 46,000
Nipun Java - 44,000
Daniel Strelitz - 35,000

The FInal Three Agree to a Deal: David Brookshire is the Winner!




David Brookshire had opened up a nice lead in the three handed HORSE battle, and they all decided to take a look at the numbers. After some discussion, a deal was struck that saw Brookshire take home the lion's share of the prizepool, and the $5,000 WPT Main Event seat.

Congratulations to all three players on their impressive results, and thanks to everyone who played in our latest massive guaranteed Mixed Game Event!

1. David Brookshire - $25,427 + $5,000 WPT Main Event Seat
2. Max Pescatori - $20,090
3. Joel Tushnet - $16,107

Dinner Time in the Main Event

We are six levels into the Main Event 1A today, and at the moment, local player Owais Ahmed is leading the field that has over 170 entries so far. Players are taking their 60 minute dinner break right now, and they can enjoy the player's buffet by the Bike Brewery in the casino.

When they return from break, we will grab a few big stack updates for you guys, and also compile a list of updated chip counts for some of the locals in the big dance today!

Updated Counts On Break of the HORSE Event

We are down to the final five players in the $100,000 Guaranteed HORSE finals after George Rahme busted out in sixth place. The final five have $6,360 locked up, and while they are on their break, we grabbed fresh counts for all of them.

Blinds: 40,000-80,000 Limits: 80,000-160,000

1. David Brookshire - 4,650,000
2. Max Pescatori - 3,200,000
3. Lei Cui - 1,350,000
4. Joel Tushnet - 675,000
5. Danny Woolard - 360,000

Quickly Down to Six in the HORSE Finals

Shirley Rosario was on the severe short stack to start the HORSE final table, and she busted out on the first hand of nine handed play. She earned $1,925 for that showing, and she was followed out the door by Usmaan Mela, who earned $2,635 for his eighth place finish.

Just now, Qinghai Pan's quest to earn a third title at this year's LOP fell just short, as he busted in seventh place for $3,645. This leaves us with just six players, and they have all locked up at least $4,860. You can view how the final six stack up below.

Blinds: 30,000-60,000 Limits: 60,000-120,000

1. David Brookshire - 3,250,000
2. Max Pescatori - 3,150,000
3. Lei Cui - 1,900,000
4. Danny Woodlard - 990,000
5. Joel Tushnet -  420,000
6. George Rahme - 420,000

Photos and Updated Counts at the HORSE Final Table

After losing Robert Turner in 11th place, and David Levi in 10th place, we are at our unofficial final table of nine players. Former WSOP bracelet winner Max Pescatori has seen a great surge recently, and has the chip lead with 2.7 million. On the other side of the coin, local regular Shirley Rosario has an uphill battle, as she is sitting on just 45,000 in chips.

Seat 1: Joel Tushnet - 620,000 
Seat 2: David Brookshire - 2,200,000


Seat 3: Qinghai Pan - 480,000

Seat 4: George Rahme - 1,850,000

Seat 5: Usmaan Mela - 470,000

Seat 6: Max Pescatori - 2,700,000

Seat 7: Danny Woolard - 1,820,000

Seat 8: Lei Cui - 360,000

Seat 9: Shirley Roasrio - 45,000

Second Break of the Main Event

We are four levels into play in the first of two Day 1 starting flights for this Legends of Poker Main Event. So far, the field is at 156 players, but that number will be going up throughout the day, as registration will be open until all day and through to the start of Day 2 on Monday.

Players will play two more levels before a 60 minute dinner break, where Mo's famous shrimp tower will be available for all players!

The Second Satellite of the Day has Started

We had a great turnout in our morning $540 satellite, as 127 players came out. That meant that 12 discounted seats will be handed out there, while 13th will be well on their way with a payout of $3,500.

We are starting up another satellite now in the tournament ballroom, and it looks like we will once again be cruising past the guarantee of ten discounted seats. Registration for this satellite will be open until 5:30 PM. Come join us!

Some Former Big Winners in the Main Event Field Today

Below you will see a few of the former winners of the biggest events we have here at the Bike: The Legends of Poker Main Event, and the Mega Millions. Former Main Event champions in the field include Jordan Cristos and Harry Arutyunyan, while Daniel Strelitz and Phuoc Nguyen are representing the Mega Millions winners.

Scroll down for those photos, as the Main Event approaches it's second break.

Phuoc Nguyen

Daniel Strelitz

Jordan Cristos

Harry Arutyunyan 

Fresh Counts From the Final 11 HORSE Players

We wanted to grab some updated chip counts for you guys from the HORSE Event now that we are down to the final 11. We lost Alex Ferrari in 13th place, and Eric Prince in 12th place. Below you will see how the players currently stack up, based on their current seat.

Table 1

Seat 1: Qinghai Pan - 610,000
Seat 2: Joel Tushnet - 620,000
Seat 3: George Rahme - 1,450,000
Seat 4: Usmaan Mela - 720,000
Seat 5: David Brookshire - 1,800,000
Seat 6: Robert Turner - 150,000

Table 2

Seat 1: Shirley Rosario - 635,000
Seat 2: Max Pescatori - 650,000
Seat 3: David Levi - 400,000
Seat 4: Danny Woodland - 2,340,000
Seat 5: Lei Cui - 1,000,000

First Break of the Opening Flight



We are two hours into play in the opening flight of the 2019 Legends of Poker Main Event, and we have a crowd of 113 players entered so far. Registration is open all day long, so you have plenty of time to come down and join us here today.


The Day 3 Finals of the HORSE Have Started

The finals of the HORSE $100,000 Guaranteed Event are now underway here at the Bicycle Casino. We have already lost Richard Passalacqua in 15th place, and Joe Brandenburg in 14th. Below you will see the payouts for those remaining. Once we get down to the unoffiical final table, we will post photos and updated counts for each player.

1. $31,490
2. $19,245
3. $10,890
4. $8,255
5. $6,360
6. $4,860
7. $3,645
8. $2,635
9-10. $1,925
11-12. $1,590
13. $1,285

The 2019 Legends of Poker Main Event is Underway!

After taking a one year break last year, the $5,000 WPT Legends of Poker Main Event is back here at the Bicycle Casino! This event has a massive $2,000,000 Guarantee on it, and will have over 70 satellite winners in the field. Registration for this event will be open until the start of Day 2 on Monday, so you have all weekend to come on down and join us for this event.

Stay tuned for updates from this event, as we start the journey to find out who the next Legend of Poker is here at the Bike!

The First of Three Satellites Today Have Started

The poker action has started up here on the first day of the Legends of Poker Main Event. That event starts at the top of the hour, but we are starting the day off with a $540 Mega Satellite that will be guaranteeing at least ten seats to the Main Event.

Registration is open until 1 PM. If you can't come out for this satellite, we have two more today at 4 PM and 7:30 PM.

Schedule for Today: Saturday, August 31st

11:30 AM - $540 WPT Mega Satellite. Ten WPT Seats Guaranteed. Registration open until 1 PM.

12 PM - $5,000 WPT Main Event. $2 Million Guarantee. 40,000 in chips. Registration open all day

4 PM - $540 WPT Mega Satellite. Ten WPT Seats Guaranteed. Registration open until 5:30 PM.

7:30 PM - $540 WPT Mega Satellite. Five WPT Seats Guaranteed. Registration open until 9 PM.

Day 3 Return List for the HORSE Finals

After a full day of Mixed Game action, only 15 players remain in the HORSE Day 3 finals. Danny Woodlard leads the way with over 2.3 million, which is over a million more than the second place player George Rahme. Qinghai Pan is still alive looking for his third title this series. The Day 3 finals start at 1 PM today. Good luck all!