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WPT Legends Rides at the Bike
The World Poker Tour returned to The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles Friday for the 2010 WPT Legends of Poker main event.
A total of 186 players entered the $5k tournament on the first of two Day 1 flights, playing a total of six 90-minute levels.
WPT Player of the Year Faraz Jaka was among them, but was also among the first to be relieved of his 25k starting stack.
Joining him on the rail as play continued were names like Greg Mueller, Lauren Kling, 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Jerry Yang and WSOPC dominator Dwyte Pilgrim.
While L.A. local Prahlad Friedman won the title here last year, two 2009 WSOP Main Event finalists stole the headlines by making deep runs.
Steven Begleiter spent the majority of last year's event in the chip lead before busting ninth while Kevin Schaffel made it all the way to heads up before falling to Friedman.
Friday, 2010 November Niner Soi Nguyen started a similar run, moving into the chip lead part way through the day and holding on to a spot among the leaders as play closed for the night.
San Fernando, California's Manuel Reyes held the chip lead when play wrapped, with names like Barry Greenstein, Tim Phan, Jonathan Aguiar, McLean Karr, Maria Ho and Season 7 L.A. Poker Classic Main Event runner-up Raymond Dolan among the bigger stacks still in contention.
A total of 90 players survived the day and will be back for Day 2 Sunday.
Another crop of Day 1 hopefuls will be at The Bike Saturday for the second Day 1 flight.
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