WPT Legends In Los Angeles Preview
August 21, 2021

One of the most aptly named events on the World Poker Tour calendar is about to begin in Los Angeles: the Bicycle Casino’s Legends Of Poker Main Event.

The Legends of Poker at the Bike has been with the World Poker Tour since the beginning, and has made headlines ever since Chris Karagulleyan took down the Season One Legends way back in the summer of 2002.

Following Karagulleyan’s example, other past champions include Mel Judah (2003), Doyle Brunson (2004), Alex Kahaner (2005), Joe Pelton (2006), Dan Harrington (2007) and last year’s winner John Phan.

Phan won his Legends championship - along with a top prize worth $1,091,428 - by outlasting 372 players and a final two tables that held Lee Markholt, Matt Keikoan, Layne Flack and the man that would end up battling him heads-up for the title, PokerRoad’s Amit Makhija.

The final table results for last year’s Legends of Poker Main Event were as follows:

1. Bon John Phan $1,091,428  
2. Amit Makhija $563,320
3. Zachary Clark $281,645  
4. Paul Smith $246,450  
5. Trong Nguyen $211,245  
6. Kyle Wilson $176,035  

This year’s World Poker Tour Legends of Poker - beginning Saturday, August 22nd and lasting through Wednesday the 26th - features 90 minute levels and blinds that start at 50/100. Each player that enters the $9,800 + $200 buy-in event will begin with what’s known in poker circles as a “triple stack”- basically 30,000 in tournament chips..

Unlike previous main events, this year’s tournament will primarily be held in the all-new, luxurious Grand Poker Ballroom, part of the Bike’s huge new Event Center expansion specifically created for these kinds of amazing events and to commemorate the Bicycle Casino’s 25th anniversary.

Somewhere in that Grand Poker Ballroom, or perhaps scarfing pastrami in the new Legends Deli & Grill, can be found PokerRoad Radio’s Gavin Smith, Joe Sebok and Joe Stapleton, as they’ll be on site the whole week bringing the PokerRoad fans all the behind the scenes action of this, one of the last great poker tournaments of the summer.

Stick with PokerRoad.com for all those new PokerRoad Radio podcasts, as well as news, blogs, videos and all sorts of other random foolishness dreamt up by the PokerRoad team.

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