The final table for the top six players has been set at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker Main Event in Bell Gardens, California. Currently Josh Hale is the chip leader with 7.325 million chips, almost double of any other player at the table.
According to the tournament database of the TheHendonMob.com, Hale has made just six live cashes since 2007 for a total of $44,300, and this win (if he wins) would be a lifetime achievement for him. His earlier achievements include a fifth place finish in the $125 No Limit Hold’em $1,000,000 Guaranteed Event at 2011 Legends of Poker earning $35,000.
Hale reached the top on the leaderboard by filching the bulk of the chips on two hands. The first bulk he made before dinner when after a flop of J-T-8, Hale called check against David Marshall to see Marshall follow-up with an all-in, as a result Hale raised his chip count for another 2 million chips. Then Hale flipped over 8-8 for bottom set, forcing Marshall to need some sort of combination of running card but nothing worked for Marshall. But with just A-T for middle pair, top kicker, and two more 3’s on the turn on river, Marshall had to face the elimination from the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event in 11th place.
After eliminating Marshall, Josh Hale reached chip count up to 4.835 million chips.
The other big bulk came when Max Steinberg raised pre-flop to 150,000, and then Jim Willerson moved all-in for 1.025 million. Hale pushed over the top of Willerson that forced Steinberg to surrender finally. Willerson had two black Kings, but Hale surprised him by turning over Aces. Eventually, Willerson was back homel in 7th place.
This is how the final table’s composition was determined.
In the final table there will be blinds and antes at 30,000/60,000/10,000 and two players, Max Steinberg and Jeff Madsen who have chips over a million. Greg “FBT” Mueller and Raouf Malek have also maintained enough comfortable stacks of 3.49 million and 3.13 million, respectively. However, they are not at the vulnerable stage of being eliminated unless they commit any mistake in their moves. The final table of the WPT Legends of Poker Main Event will began at 4:00pm PT. The live tournament can also be enjoyed on WPT.com with just a 30 minute delay.
WPT Legends of Poker Main Event – Final Table Chip Counts
- Josh Hale – 7,325,000
- Greg Mueller – 3,490,000
- Raouf Malek – 3,130,000
- Ali Eslami – 2,900,000
- Jeff Madsen – 1,030,000
- Max Steinberg – 1,020,000