Legends Looms at The Bike

Prahlad Friedman
Last year, Southern California's own Prahlad Friedman took home the WPT Legends of Poker title and $1,009,000 first-place prize.

The month-long series leading up to the Bicycle Casino's World Poker Tour Legends of Poker main event begins in Southern California today.

Thousands of players are expected to battle for a total prize pool of more than $6 million over the next 34 days.

The series begins Jul. 28 with a $400,000 guaranteed No Limit Hold'em $335 re-entry event, allowing players who get knocked out to re-enter each day.

This year's Legends will also feature a variety of tournaments including H.O.R.S.E., Omaha 8, 2-7 Triple Draw and Stud.

Players will also have a chance to play for a $250,000 seat into the biggest buy-in poker tournament in the world - The International Poker Players Association Monte Carlo Championship, held from Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 in Monte Carlo.

The series culminates with the always popular WPT Legends Championship, beginning Friday, Aug. 20.

Last year, Southern California's own Prahlad Friedman took home the title and $1,009,000 first-place prize.  

This year, with a $5,000 entry fee, the Bike is expecting more players and a $3.5 million prize pool.

The final table will be filmed for broadcast on Fox Sports Net Wednesday, Aug. 25 at starting at 4 p.m. PT.

A number of satellites will be run throughout the entire month at the Bike and, once again, L.A. Lakers team owners Jerry Buss and Frank Mariani will host their annual Buss/Mariani No Limits Hold'em Open Aug. 17 to benefit the Lakers Youth Foundation.

Online registration for events is now open.

For details on all the upcoming events, check out the Bike's website at www.thebike.com.

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