NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
Final Table Set For WPT Legends Of Poker
August 26, 2021

After four exciting days of high stakes tournament poker action at LA's Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California, the 279 players that made up the field of this year's World Poker Tour Legends of Poker main event have been reduced down to a final six guys, all soon to be seen in sports bars everywhere when the Season 8 Legends of Poker debuts on Fox Sports- probably sometime next year.

Today's Legends of Poker televised final table doesn't include many well known WPT players from past seasons but it does hold numerous known top pros, including one who is destined to become practically a household name before this episode even gets a chance to air.

Kevin Schaffel, the chip leader going into today's final table, is also one of the nine players currently waiting to complete the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event in November, where he'll rejoin top players like Jeff Shulman, James Akenhead and Phil Ivey, as he attempts to win poker's most prestigious prize- a WSOP Main Event bracelet.

No matter what happens today, playing in this event in the interim has proven to have been a smart choice for Schaffel, not only is he guaranteed to win at least $89,220 (sixth place money) or potentially as much as $1,034,500, but by surviving to the final table he also earned the invaluable opportunity to practice with one of his fellow "November Niners," Steven Begleiter, who made it all the way to near the end of Day four in this event, before eventually getting knocked out by Todd Terry in ninth place.

Begleiter's vanquisher joins Schaffel at the final table today, as do WSOP bracelet winners Toto Leonidas and Prahlad Friedman.

The final table chip counts for the 2009 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker final table are as follows:

Kevin Schaffel-  2,234,000

Todd Terry-  2,219,000

Prahlad Friedman-  1,476,000

Mike Krescanko-  1,209,000

Sam Stein-  743,000

Toto Leonidas- 580,000

For more information on the WPT Legends of Poker final table, or to get live updates when the event begins again at 4p.m. (PT) today (8/26/09), visit www.worldpokertour.com.


Story by Mark Anderson

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