Michael Dyer Takes Pole Position for Day 2 of WPT Legends of Poker

Michael Dyer

The Day 2 field is set for World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker and 223 players will return on Tuesday for their shot at a WPT title and the top prize of $573,350which includes a $10,400 seat into the WPT World Championship in Dec.

WPT’s return to The Bike drew 642 players and the prize pool totaled $3,113,700. The event eclipsed the $2.5 million guarantee with a bumper turnout of 303 players for Monday’s Day 1c.

Michael Dyer leads the way with 739,000 after dominating the Day 1b field. He’s joined by Day 1a chip leader Giuseppe Pantaleo with 396,000 and Day 1c pacesetter Matthew Wantman with 366,000. Wantman is in position for another WPT title, while Dyer and Pantaleo are looking for their first.

Matthew Wantman
Day 1c chip leader Matthew Wantman – Photo courtesy of Joe Giron/WPT

Day 1a Notables

Pantaleo was joined at the top of the Day 1a leaderboard by Noël Rodriguez, Robel Andemichaeland Shawn Daniels. All three players finished with over 300,000 in their bag for Day 2. WPT Deepstacks champions Jeff Trudeau other Michael Lin also moved on from Day 1a, and they’ll look for a chance to add their name to the Mike Sexton Cup.

Among the other notable players returning from Day 1a are Katie Lindsay, Scott Stewart, Dan Colpoys, Adam Hendrix, Farid Yattin, Angela Jordisonand Andrew Moreno.

Giuseppe Pantaleo
Day 1a chip leader Giuseppe Pantaleo – Photo courtesy of Joe Giron/WPT

Day 1b Notables

Day 1b was all Dyer, and he’s followed on the leaderboard by Dillon Najor other Joseph Poozhikala. Najor and Poohikala are the only other players to have bagged more than 400,000 for Day 2.

Several WPT champions survived Day 1b, including David “ODB” Baker, Dylan Wilkerson, Mohsin Charaniaand Season 13 Player of the Year Anthony Zinno. Other notables include WPT Deepstack champions Maria Ho other James Gorhamalong with Danny Wong, Landon Tice, Kyna Englandand Bill Klein. Klein also survived Day 1a, but he found a much bigger back on Monday and he will return with 233,000.

Day 1c Notables

Wantman returns as the Day 1c chip leader in search of another WPT title, and he’s trailed on the leaderboard by Dorian Rios other Adam Brownstone.

A large contingent of the WPT Champions Club moved on from Day 1c, including Season 16 Player of the Year Art Papazyan and Season 6 Player of the Year JC Tran. Other players returning for a shot at another title are Ryan Tosoc, Name Le, David Williams, Michael Mizrachi, Robert Mizrachi, Brandon Cantu, Frank Stepukhin, Lee Markholtand the shortstack Arnold Spee.

Jordan Christos won this event in 2013 and he will return for the chance to become the event’s first repeat champion. defending champion Aaron Van Blarcum also made it through to Day 2.

Jordan Christos
Season 12 WPT Legends of Poker winner Jordan Cristos – Photo courtesy of Joe Giron/WPT

More to Come on Tuesday

The 223 surviving players will return on Tuesday at 12 pm local time for Day 2. Blinds will kick off in Level 11 at 1,500/2,500/2,500, and players will play ten 60-minute levels before they bag up for Day 3. The tournament will continue on Day 3 with 60-minute levels until 24 players remain, at which time the blinds will increase every 90 minutes. Day 3 ends when six players are left for the final table, and blinds will go back to 60 minutes until heads-up play cuts the levels in half.

WPT Legends of Poker Final Payouts

Place Prize Place Prize
1 $573,350* 15-16 $29,600
2 $380,000 17-20 $24,600
3 $280,000 21-24 $20,800
4 $207,000 25-32 $17,700
5 $156,000 33-40 $15,400
6 $119,000 41-48 $13,500
7 $91,000 49-56 $12,100
8th $71,000 57-64 $10,950
9-10 $56,000 65-72 $10,100
11-12 $44,500 73-76 $9,450
13-14 $36,000 77-81 $9,350

* – includes $10,400 entry into the WPT World Championship in December.

Be sure to keep it with PokerNews all week long for coverage of WPT Legends of Poker from Parkwest Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California.

Feature photo courtesy of Joe Giron/WPT

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