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November Niner leads WPT Legends final
A little over a month since making the final table of the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, Kevin Schaffel will go into the final six of the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Wednesday with the chip lead.
"It's just been unbelievable," said Schaffel, who appears to have matched Prahlad Friedman, who, in addition two deep runs at the 2006 and 2009 WSOP Main Event, is a veteran of the highest stakes cash games online.
Considering the top heavy payout structure at the Bike, Friedman said he will head into his first WPT final table focused on winning.
"I'm trying to make money, that's my job," he said. "So I'm not thinking I finally made a WPT final table. I'm just happy I've got a chance to win a million and that's what I'm focused on.
"All the money's in first so that's what I'm going to be playing for."
Mike Krescanko, who has two WSOP Stud final tables and a host of small cashes on his rap sheet, is next on the leaderboard.
Sam Stein, who made ninth at the WPT Bellagio Cup this summer, sits right behind Krescasnko.
"It's nice to get on TV," Stein said. "It would have been nice to go back to back on TV - people would certainly notice that - but whatever. I'm still happy. Even though I'm fifth in chips I'm definitely trying to win. It's the only thing on my mind."
Rounding out the final six is the venerable Toto Leonidas.
The Full Tilt pro has over $3 million in career earnings, but joins the entire group in making their first WPT final table appearance.
"I've been longing to get to a final table at the WPT," he said. "I've blown up in a lot of WPT tournaments before. I've been close a couple of times, so this feels pretty good."
The action will get underway at 4 p.m. PT with a $1,009,000 first place prize on the line.
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