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Tran, Hellmuth Hit WPT Legends Final Table w/ $668k Up Top
The WPT Legends of Poker Main Event in Los Angeles has hit its final six with three very recognizable names hunting the $668k first-place prize.
Former WSOP November Niner and veteran pro JC Tran has the chip lead with 8.2m and will be looking to join the elite group of 3-time WPT winners.
Befitting the name of the event itself, poker legend Phil Hellmuth is third in the chip counts and looking for his first-ever WPT title.
Another two-time WPT winner in Marvin Rettenmaier is also eyeing his third crown but with just 1.2m will be the short stack and under pressure from the start.
763 Entries, $2.7m Prize Pool
After Beijing, Amsterdam and Choctaw, WPT Legends was the next big tour stop on the WPT and a total of 763 entries (buy-in $4,000) made for a prize pool of $2.7m and a $668k first-place payout.
That topped last year's 687 entries and the $615k collected by winner Pat Lyons.
Many well-known players as always hit the tables in LA including Mike Sexton, Mike Matusow, Greg Mueller, Scotty Nguyen, Taylor Paur, Scott Clements and Dan Shak but all busted before the final table was set yesterday.
Day 3 began with 89 players almost directly on the bubble and it didn't take long for the shorties to bust and for Scotty Nguyen (81st) to sneak in for a min-cash. Will Kassouf (73rd), Jeremy Ausmus (41st) and Lyons (39th) also cashed.
Day 4 yesterday began with 24 players and played down to the official six-man final table. Tran controlled the action before locking in his huge chip lead while knocking out David Sands in 7th.
Getting in behind to Sands' KK, Tran's Qs quickly caught up with trip Qs on the flop and a bonus Q on the river for quads. Here are the full chip counts coming in to the final table:
- JC Tran 8295000
- Art Papazyan 6,005,000
- Phil Hellmuth 2,940,000
- D.J. Alexander 2730000
- Adam Swan 1,655,000
- Marvin Rettenmaier 1,225,000
Blinds: 40k / 80k
Also on the line for the winner is a $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions and a Hublot Big Bang Steel watch.
Cards go in the air for the final table at 4 p.m. PT at The Bicycle Hotel & Casino. Follow the text live updates on WPT.com or watch the final table live stream on a 30-minute delay on PokerGO starting at 4:30 p.m.