2015 WPT Legends of Poker Day 1b: Leonid Markin Tops the Day
The World Poker Tour (WPT) arrived in Los Angeles for the Legends of Poker event this week. The Bicycle Hotel & Casino played host to 214 entries for Day 1b on Sunday — the second of three starting flights for the tournament. With 10 levels in the books, 80 people remained to bag chips for Tuesday's Day 2, joining the 68 who booked their ticket to Day 2 on Saturday.
Leading the way at the end of the day was Russian player Leonid Markin. Markin, who won the Super High Roller from the European Poker Tour's Prague stop in Season 11, takes 203,000 chips into Day 2, less than 2,000 chips more than Day 1a leader JC Tran. David Wagner's second-place chip stack didn't quite hit the 200,000 mark, coming in at 199,900, while the third stack from Day 1b was Paul Lindsey with 189,300.
Only two notable Canadians played the second day at Legends of Poker. Edmonton, Alberta's Sheraz Nasir managed to finish the day with 39,600 chips for 33rd place in the standings after busting his first attempt on Day 1a. Nasir is fresh off winning the WPT Canadian Spring Championship in May for over $200,000 and would love to add another WPT title to his resume here. Writer and producer Matt Salsberg also played Day 1b after also busting Day 1a, but didn't manage to survive this attempt either.
Other notables to survive the day included Kathy Liebert (102,900) and Phil Laak (32,400). A few more recognizable names to bag chips are below.
Day 1c for Legends of Poker runs Monday, August 31 at 1 p.m. local time when another group of players will have their chance to get a seat on Day 2. Check back here at PokerNews Canada for an update on the action with our eye on the Canadian contenders.
Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Updates.