WPT: Jonathan Little Eyes Third WPT Title

Little won WPT Player of the Year in Season VI
Little won WPT Player of the Year in Season VI

Jonathan Little has a way of sneaking up on a tournament field. He got off to a strong start during Day 1A of the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, but he laid low during Day 2 and during the early portions of Day 3. Little stormed to the top of the counts late in Day 3 though, thanks to a trio of knockouts. First, Little helped to burst the bubble, knocking out Brian Patrick in 46th place. Then, he knocked out the last woman standing in the field, Erica Schoenberg. He finished off the trifecta by ousting the beginning of Day 3 chip leader, Phil Collins.

While Little ended the day second in chips with 1,314,000, Collins was unable to survive to make Day 4. Collins’ day began on a high note and he rode his Day 3 starting stack from 898,000 as high as 1.1 million. Then his luck began to turn as he doubled up several opponents, including Tyler Cornell and Kyle McCammond. Collins survived to make the money, but made an early exit in 29th place.

The end of Day 3 chip leader is Andrew Frankenberger, who began the day second in chips and ended the day on top with an impressive 1,958,000. He leads the 15 players who survived to the end of Day 3 and will return for the final table play-down day on Tuesday. Other notable survivors include Tom “titantom32” Braband, Tyler “brainwash” Cornell, and Jared Jaffee.

The day began with 60 players and the field quickly condensed, breezing through the 45-man money bubble in three hands and cutting the field to the final two tables by the time play concluded. Some of the casualties along the way included Tim Phan, Joe Sebok, Marco Johnson, Joe Hachem, JC Alvarado, David Sands, and November Niner Soi Nguyen.

Tuesday the remaining 15 survivors will return to the Bike at 1pm PT and play down to the six-handed televised final table. Here are the top five chip counts headed into Day 4 of play:

1. Andrew Frankenberger – 1,958,000
2. Jonathan Little – 1,314,000
3. Steve Reitzfeld – 1,200,000
4. John Smith – 1,005,000
5. Tom Braband – 936,000

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