Legends of Poker Field Reaches 341, 84 Advance From Day 1B

Jeff Madsen hopes to make a repeat trip to the final table of the Legends of Poker, and he's off to a strong start after Day 1.

Jeff Madsen hopes to make a repeat trip to the final table of the Legends of Poker, and he’s off to a strong start after Day 1.

The second of three starting days at the 2013 WPT Legends of Poker is in the books, with 199 more players entering the fray by the close of registration on Friday to bring the total field to 341.

Christopher Richter bagged biggest stack at the close of play with 176,500, with Faraz Jaka (152,000), Kyle Julius (142,700), Owen Crowe (105,000) and Adam Geyer (102,600) among the players who cracked six-digits after 10 levels. They top a group of 84 who survived Day 1B, but nobody came close to matching Barry Hutter’s 212,400 stack from Day 1A.

Jeff Madsen is coming off a summer that saw him capture his third World Series of Poker bracelet, and he also finished sixth in this event one year ago. Madsen finished the night above average with 87,200, with Matt Berkey, Amnon Filippi, Ebony Kenney, Dan Strelitz, Phil Laak, Will Failla and Jeremy Ausmus, among others, advancing to play Day 2 on Sunday.

Jaka, Julius, Madsen and Laak each made the most of their second attempt, but others were not so lucky. David Sands, Dan O’Brien, Paul Volpe, Gavin Griffin, David Chiu and Ryan Riess each busted out for the second consecutive day, leaving Day 1C as their last chance to make Day 2.

The third and final starting session is expected to be the largest of the three, and it’ll have to be in order to match the field size from 2012. Anything more than 281 players will push it past the 622 entry mark reached last year.

Day 1C begins at 1 pm PT, with late registration open for the first four levels. The survivors of all three starting sessions will combine on Sunday afternoon.

Top 10 Combined Stacks – Through Day 1B of the 2013 WPT Legends of Poker

  1. Barry Hutter – 212,400
  2. Nick Phoenix – 207,700
  3. Joseph Cheong – 188,100
  4. Christopher Richter – 176,500
  5. Parvis Sayyad – 175,400
  6. Amir Wahab – 172,700
  7. Frank Rusnak – 168,800
  8. Faraz Jaka – 152,000
  9. Eddy Sabat – 150,900
  10. Joe Serock – 147,500
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