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J.C. Tran and Phil Hellmuth Headline 2017 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Final Table

Marvin Rettenmaier Also Among Final Six Battling For $668,692 First-Place Prize


The 16th annual running of the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker main event at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino has lived up to its name. The $4,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event drew a field of 763 total entries, the second largest turnout in the tournament’s history. From that sea of players now only six remain with a shot at the title and the $668,692 top prize, and among them are some of the biggest names in the game.

The chip leader heading into the final table is two-time WPT champion and two-time WSOP bracelet winner J.C. Tran with 8,295,000. The 40-year-old poker pro has more than $12.5 million in lifetime live tournament earnings. Joining Tran at the final table is Poker Hall of Famer Phil Hellmuth. The 14-time WSOP bracelet and 1989 main event winner is playing at his fifth WPT final table and is still looking for his first win on the tour. The 53-year-old will surpass the $21 million mark in career live earnings with a finish of fifth place or higher in this event. Joining these two legends of the game is German poker pro Marvin Rettenmaier. Like Tran, the 31-year-old is a two-time WPT maint champion looking to notch his third victory.

A total of 24 players returned for day 4 of this event, with Tran leading the way. Plenty of big names hit the rail as the tournament played down to a final table, including Allen Le (24th – $17,430), Garrett Greer (20th – $19,880), Tuan Le (19th – $19,880), Jason Les (17th – $22,685), David ‘ODB’ Baker (11th – $31,510) Oddie Dardon (9th – $43,570), Jared Griener (8th – $57,190) and David ‘Doc’ Sands (7th – $72,985).

Sands was eliminated on the bubble of the televised final table when he got all-in preflop with the KSpade SuitKHeart Suit against J.C. Tran’s ADiamond SuitQSpade Suit only to have Tran make quads on a QHeart SuitQDiamond Suit6Spade Suit3Diamond SuitQClub Suit board. With that the remaining players bagged up their chips for the night.

The final six players are all guaranteed at least $91,825 in this event with $668,692 for the champion. Play will resume at 4:00 p.m. local time with blinds of 40,000-80,000 with an ante of 10,000.

Here is a look at the chip counts heading into the final table:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 J.C. Tran 8,295,000
2 Art Papazyan 6,005,000
3 Phil Hellmuth 2,940,000
4 D.J. Alexander 2,730,000
5 Adam Swan 1,655,000
6 Marvin Rettenmaier 1,225,000

Photos courtesy of WPT/ Joe Giron.