Just 15 players remain after Day 3 of World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker at The Bicycle Hotel & Casino. Sitting atop the chip counts is Aaron Kweskin followed closely by Day 2 chip leader Michael Wang.
The day began with 75 players and 72 payout spots to battle for, so the money bubble was burst very early in the day. Only a few hands in, Mike Olson got it all in with tens against Eugene Castro’s ace-king and was eliminated in 75th place when Castro found a pairing ace.
Just a few minutes later, Tim Anders pushed all in preflop from middle position, Frank Rusnak went all in over the top, and Arkadi Onikoul piled in even more to be all in as well. Onikoul’s won the pot against Rusnak’s and Anders’ when the board ran out king high, and he eliminated two players at once, sending the tournament into the money in one swift blow.
As is usually the case when a min-cash is secured for all remaining players, eliminations started to come quickly. Some notable players who collected their payout on Day 3 include Aaron Mermelstein (51st — $9,675), James Calderaro (48th — $9,675), Allen Kessler (42nd — $10,983), JC Tran (38th — $10,983), Ray Qartomy (34th — $13,075), and JJ Liu (30th — $13,075).
Among the 15 players returning for Day 4 are two WPT Champions Club members: Freddy Deeb and Griffin Paul. For making it this far, none of the remaining players will collect less than $20,920, but the mouth-watering $675,942 is the prize for the eventual champion. The players will return on Thursday and resume play at 1 p.m. to play down to a televised final table of six players.
Remaining 15 Players in WPT Legends of Poker
|1||Aaron Kewskin||2,800,000||9||Freddy Deeb||1,270,000|
|2||Michael Wang||2,765,000||10||Brent Roberts||1,220,000|
|3||Mike Shariati||2,600,000||11||Joseph Cheong||1,185,000|
|4||Igor Zektser||2,135,000||12||Craig Chait||1,185,000|
|5||Duey Duong||1,600,000||13||Spike Le||895,000|
|6||Stan Jablonski||1,580,000||14||Griffin Paul||780,000|
|7||Bill Fagerbakke||1,550,000||15||Chris DeMaci||665,000|
Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Updates.