Vertes On Top as WPT Legends Down to 21

Christina Lindley
Christina Lindley: Short-stacked, but still in.

A strong field has been narrowed to just 21 at WPT Legends of Poker in Los Angeles and Jeff Vertes has grabbed the chip lead.

Vertes, a relative unknown in the event with no previous live cashes to his name, has amassed a stack of 2.7 million chips and a big lead over the trailing James Carroll and David Daneshgar, both stacked at about 1.9 million in chips.

Joshua Pollock, Mike Eskandari and Ken Aldridge round out the top six in chips heading into Day 4.

Ninety-nine players started on Day 3 of the kickoff event for Season X on the World Poker Tour at the Bicycle Casino in LA with plans to get down to 27 players.

The top 81 made the money with a min-cash worth $7,000.

Among the players to make the money but fall by the wayside yesterday were Greg Mueller, Owen Crowe, Jamie Gold, Allen Cunningham, Gavin Smith, Weeds Producer Matt SalsbergDay 2 chip leader JC Tran, Day 1 chip leader Matt Berkey and min-cash specialist Allen Kessler.

Still among the final 21 and looking to make a run at the final six on Day 4 today are Christina Lindley, 2011 WSOP bracelet winner Owais Ahmed, Brent Hanks, Shawn Buchanan, Will Failla, Matt “Ch0ppy” Kay and Dan Heimiller.

Given a new re-buy format that allowed players who busted or didn’t like their chip stack after Day 1a to re-enter on Day 1b, the $3,500 buy-in was forked over 757 total times, making the total prizepool $2,570,015.

A first-place finish in this one is worth $758,085.

The re-buy format proved popular in its first appearance on the WPT with 116 players who busted (or forfeited their stack) on Day 1a re-entering.

Day 4 play begins at 1 p.m. Pacific at the Bicycle Casino in LA.

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