Legends of Poker -- WPT Season 4The Bicycle Club Commerce, California
August 27 - 31, 2005
This year's Legends of Poker tournament winner will take home $1,125,000 and a seat to the WPT championships next year. The event drew 839 entrants which caused the group to split up into two fields with action taking place over two days. It was a little below the 1,000+ that was expected, but with the huge number of big money tournaments taking place everywhere, we at Just Gamble For Free feel the explosive numbers of players attending tournaments may begin to slow down. There are too many events for top pros to get into. This does not envision a slow down in poker, but just shows the speed that the number of big tournaments are being created all vying for a slice of the poker pie.
In addition, the Bicycle Club hosted a No-Limit Hold'em Ladies Poker Party tournament on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:15p.m. The winner went on to play in the annual WPT Ladies Night tournament. Read who became the champion in the WPT Ladies Invitational results.
Day 1A Field 1A began with 494 players with names coming from all over. But the eliminations began quickly as last year's champion Doyle Brunson was gone within four hours of the start. Others gone include Paul "X-22" Magriel, Barry Shulman, T.J. Cloutier, Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow, Dewey Tomko, Chris Grigorian and Gabriel Thaler. Phil Hellmuth Jr. was given an "F-bomb" 10 min penalty after becoming upset over losing to another player who played what Phil termed an "inferior hand". The top 6 prize pool payouts will be #1 $1,125,000, #2 $588,210, #3 $333,600, #4 $291,900,#5 $250,200 and #6 $208,500. Here are the top players and chip counts from Day 1A:
Day 1B The second half of the field made up of 345 players began play today, continuing down to reach the 140 mark which took about 4 hours. The remaining players from Day 1A and 1B will combine to go on to Day 2 on Monday August 29th. Players eliminated on Day 1B include Chris Ferguson, Chad Brown, J.C. Tran, Freddy Deeb, Morgan Machina, Minh Nguyen, Jean Robert Bellande, Randy Jensen, Senthil Kumar, Scotty Nguyen, Melissa Hayden and John Juanda. Some who are still in the running include Lakers owner Jerry Buss, (who's face is on some of the chips at the Bicycle Club), Carlos Mortensen, James Van Alstyne, Vinnie Vinh, Shirley Rosario and Aaron Kanter. Top chip leaders with counts for Day 1B are:
Day 2 With 260 players from Day 1A and approximately 140 players from Day 1B, play continued until the top 72 were reached. These fortunate players represent the "in the money" portion of the tournament payout structure, so they will see cash for their efforts. Some who did not make the cut include Chau Giang, Ron Rose, Allyn Jaffrey Shulman, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Phil Hellmuth Jr., David Chiu, Evelyn Ng, Chris Bigler, Paul Sexton, Mel Judah, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Barry Greenstein (eliminated by Jennifer Harman), Jerry Buss and Aaron Kanter. Here are the top 6 players with chip counts:
Day 3 72 players began their quest to become part of the WPT Final Table which will be played on Wednesday August 31st. Those who were playing had some smiles as they would receive cash if they busted out of the tournament at this point. Some who busted include Jennifer Harman, Jason Steinhorn, Carlos Mortensen, Gabe Kaplan, Andy Bloch, Can Kim Hua, Paul Phillips, Cyndy Violette and Webber Kang. Of the six who remain, one will become champion and have $1,125,000 and a seat to the WPT championships. Here are the final table players with chip counts:
Day 4 Final Table Results Alex Kahaner is the tournament champion winning $1,125,000 and a seat to the 2006 WPT championships. Play began at 5:00 p.m. and went on into the midnight hour before it was finished. The winning hand for Alex came when he went all in with Kh Jc and was called by Kenna James with pocket 6's. The dealer flopped 5d 4c 2h, turn card was 9h and the river was Kc, giving Alex the win. Here are the final table results:
WPT Ladies Night III
Jennifer Tilly, who won the Ladies No Limit Hold'Em event at the 2005 WSOP, now has another title as
the winner of the WPT Ladies Night III event. She walks away with a $25,000 seat to the WPT championship tournament
that will be held next year. Jennifer has learned a lot from her boyfriend Phil Laak. Here are the results of the tournament: