Safieddine on top at WPT Legends of Poker Day 1b

Francois Safieddine
Francois Safieddine is the chip leader at the WPT Legends of Poker heading into Day 2.

Francois Safieddine is right where a poker player wants to be heading into Day 2 of a major tournament.

The Denver, Colo., resident has amassed a fortress of chips at the Jerry Yang saw their cards run dry and their luck run out during Day 1B. They will not be returning for Day 2.

A couple of chatterboxes were also eliminated as Mike Matusow was silenced and Phil Hellmuth's poker game crashed. Poker gossip magnets Chantel McNulty and Brandi Hawbaker should hang out because neither of them made it to Day 2.

More than one Brunson made it through, however. Doyle Brunson survived with 24,600 while daughter Pam Brunson has 63,000 in chips.

Right behind Safieddine is Jordan Morgan. Morgan is no stranger to the WSOP himself. He had an amazing four cashes in this year's series. His biggest money finish to date was coming in second at the 2006 United States Poker Championship, which made him $405,072 richer.

Also of note is 2007 WSOP Player of the Year Tom Schneider who is sitting pretty in fourth place overall with 128,300 in chips. The "Donkey Bomber" is prepped and ready to make a serious attempt at winning the tournament.

As always is on the scene with two of our best reporters. We're talking about Matt "Mr. Rhode Island" Showell and Erin "Lois Lame" Warner. They're firmly entrenched in the Bicycle casino and won't be going anywhere until there is a winner.

Day 2 gets going at 2 p.m. (PDT) today so keep checking our live updates section to see how this one plays out.

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