Day 3 of World Tour of Poker (WPT) Poker Legends is ongoing and three WPT champions are still in the hunt. They are joined by a field of 33 on Day 3 for the penultimate session at Parkwest Bike Casino.
The total peloton of 642 riders generated a prize pool of $3,113,700 over three opening flights, and the event easily exceeded the $2.5 million guarantee.
Joshua Pollock he ran up the chip lead on Day 2, and he was the only player to pocket more than 2 million. He is followed in the standings by David Lambardwho eliminated jonathan jackson late at night to jump near the front of the peloton. Among the leaders is also Michael Dyer, the Day 1b chip leader. Dyer entered Day 2 with a large chip advantage and rode the pace throughout the day to finish near the top.
Nick Phoenix and Paul Nguyen complete the first five token counts as Day 3 begins. Phoenix jumped out late in the evening with the double knockout of Jesus Bertoli and Steve Buckner.
WPT Legends of Poker Day 3 Top Ten Chip Counts
|Rank||Player||Country||Number of tokens||Day 3 Big Blinds|
|1||Joshua Pollock||United States||2,170,000||87|
|2||David Lambard||United States||1,995,000||80|
|3||Michael Dyer||United States||1,940,000||78|
|4||Nick Phoenix||United States||1,590,000||64|
|5||Paul Nguyen||United States||1.5 million||60|
|6||Lei Lei||United States||1,400,000||56|
|seven||Chahn Jung||United States||1,400,000||56|
|8||Grant Wang||United States||1,290,000||52|
|9||Allan Le||United States||1,180,000||47|
|ten||Ray Qartomy||United States||1,150,000||46|
Three WPT champions remain
Jordan Christos is no stranger to success in this event as the winner of the WPT Legends of Poker in 2013, when he survived a field of 716 to win the $3,700 tournament for $613,355. Cristos has the opportunity to become the first two-time winner of the WPT Legends of Poker, and the win would net him over $4 million in lifetime earnings.
Nam Le and Matthew Wantman join Cristos as three WPT champions returning for Day 3. The won the Bay 101 Shooting Star return event in season 4, while Wantman took the win at the WPT Aria Summer Championship in 2019.
Saya Ono, Xuan Liuand Queen Gabriel also sat out for Day 3 as the three remaining women in the tournament. Ono pocketed 515,000 and Liu survived with 805,000, while Gabriel finished with just over 1.1 million at the end of Day 2.
Notable Players Who Cashed In But Didn’t Survive Day 2 Include 2019 Legends of Poker Final Table Qualifier Jared Griener (79th, $9,350), 2019 WSOP Main Event Final Table Qualifier Joshua Remitio (74th, $9,450), Shawn Daniel (41st, $13,500) and Dorian Rios (37th, $15,400).
The WPT champions who cashed in but didn’t make Day 3 were David Williams (76th, $9,450), Brandon Cantu (66th, $10,100), JC Tran (36th, $15,400) and Ryan Tosc (35th, $15,400).
Returning players are all guaranteed at least $15,400, while the top prize is $575,350 and a $10,400 ticket to the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas in December. The action will continue today until the field reaches its six-handed final table. The final table will resume tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time, and the live stream will be streamed on the WPT Twitch.
* – Includes $10,400 entry to the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas in December
Be sure to keep it with PokerNews throughout the week for more WPT Legends of Poker coverage at Parkwest Bicycle Casino.
Photo courtesy of Joe Giron/WPT
Las Vegas-based PokerNews Live Reporting Executive, originally from Chicago, IL