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2016 WPT Legends of Poker Main Event Day 3: William Vo is Happy

Just thirteen players remain from the original field of 687 as the World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker Main Event moves into its penultimate day. Day 3 moved along swiftly; the plan was to play through Level 24 or until there were eighteen players remaining, whichever was sooner – we can see how quickly the field was whittled down from the 67 who began the day. Going into Day 4, it is 77-year old William Vo who is enjoying a dominating lead over the field with 4.125 million chips. His closest competitor, Upeshka De Silva, is a million and a half chips behind. Vo, clearly a veteran player, is very much a local, small stakes rounder. He has live tournament results on TheHendonMob.com dating back to the year 2000, most of which are in low three-figure buy-in tournaments in the Los Angeles area. He has one World Series of

ESPN Releases WSOP Broadcast Schedule

A week from today marks the beginning of ESPN’s fall coverage of the 2016 World Series of Poker; within the past week, the “Worldwide Leader” released the complete schedule for the weekly broadcasts. Oh, how times have changed. Whereas a decade ago, we might have seen a number of preliminary events in addition to the $ 10,000 Main Event, now we are down to the WSOP Global Casino Championship and the Main Event. Somehow, though ESPN is getting sixteen episodes out of it and that is before the Main Event final table. The coverage kicks off Tuesday, September 6th with the WSOP Global Casino Championship in two separate, one-hour episodes at 10:00pm and 11:00pm ET. The Championship is the culmination of the WSOP Circuit season. 100 players earn free seats into the event: the casino champion at Circuit stop and the Main Event winners of each stop, both in the

2016 WPT Legends of Poker Day 2: Money Bubble Bursts, Kottler Over a Million

The survivors of the two Day 1 flights came together on Monday (along with some late additions) for Day 2 of the 2016 World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker Main Event. The field just made it into the money yesterday, so most of the 67 remaining players should have slept fairly peacefully, knowing that they will at least make a small profit, even if they bust out as soon as they sit down on Tuesday. Jeremy Kottler is the chip leader as the only person with over a million chips. Kottler has earned over $ 1.3 million in live poker tournaments, according to TheHendonMob.com, fueled by a long list of major tournament cashes. He has seven cashes on the World Poker Tour, including a sixth place finish in this same event two years ago. He made two other WPT final tables, as well: the 2013 WPT Borgata Poker Open

FanDuel, Yahoo Launch DFS Contests in Season-Long Wrappers

Following DraftKings’ launch of a new daily/season-long hybrid game, rivals FanDuel and Yahoo! have introduced their own versions of DFS with a season-long flavor. FanDuel’s is called “Friends Mode” while Yahoo’s is the “Yahoo Cup.” We’ll start with FanDuel’s Friends Mode, as it most closely mirror’s DraftKing’s Leagues. Really, it is just about the same thing, which isn’t surprising since the two largest DFS sites tend to do pretty much everything in lock-step. In fact, there is a good chance that FanDuel would have called it Leagues if DraftKings hadn’t done it first. In Friends Mode, anyone can create a private league and then invite friends (whether or not those friends are already on FanDuel) to join, similar to how one would get a league together in season-long fantasy. The contests, though, are week-to-week (or day to day, if we’re not talking football, but who are we kidding – we

WPT Legends of Poker Day 1A: James Woods Escapes Chip Leader Reuben Hoang

The World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event got underway this weekend at the famed Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California (you thought I was going to double-dip and call it legendary, didn’t you?). Two Day 1 flights are in the books and leading the charge into Day 2 is Reuben Hoang with 232,300 chips, the only player to finish Day 1 above the 200,000 chip mark. Day 1A saw 248 entries with another 383 on Day 1B, bringing the unofficial total field to 631 players. We say “unofficial” because registration is open until the start of Day 2, which just began as this is being written. We also call them “entries” rather than “players,” because of the way the tournament is structured. Players are permitted to enter each starting flight twice (one original entries plus a do-over for another buy-in if they bust out) and can still register