NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
Another 'Phan'ominal Final Table
August 29, 2021
Before entering this year's Legends of Poker, John Phan was already having what most would consider to be a pretty good year. Currently second in the CardPlayer Player of the Year race, Phan has earned close to a million dollars in tournament cashes since the start of 2008. Particularly hot in the last few months, Phan took 5th in the WPT Bellagio Cup IV for nearly $200,000 less than a month after winning two bracelets during the 2008 World Series of Poker.

Given this stellar run, perhaps it's not surprising to learn that John Phan has made yet another WPT final table - this time at the Bicycle Casino's Legends of Poker. Phan will enter the final table 2nd in chips with 2,415,000, behind only Amit Makhija who has a whopping 3,225,000. Third in chips is Zachary Clark with 2,025,000, followed by Kyle WIlson (1,425,000), Paul Smith (1,130,000,) and Trong Nguyen (980,000).

All six of these players have had outstanding tournaments so far, but the other five WPT final table rookies will have to hope for perfect conditions to beat Phan, who is not only playing well but is also getting lucky in all the right spots. In just one such example, "The Razor" knocked out Layne Flack in 8th place in a pot worth over a million in tournament chips.

After a raise and a reraise, Phan (after some deliberation) decided to go all-in with pocket sevens pre-flop only to run into Layne's hidden pair of Aces. Layne was in great shape to double up, until the flop brought the third seven, and the turn brought the fourth. Phan made quads to crack Layne's Aces, forcing the noticeably dejected Flack to walk away from the table with the eighth place money worth $105,620.00.

The final table of the World Poker Tour's Legends of Poker is set to run today (Thursday) at 4 pm PT live at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California. Follow all the action at www.worldpokertour.com and check out PokerRoad Radio as Ali and the guys break down the final six players and discuss whether anyone really has a shot at beating John "The Razor" Phan.
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