Poker Coverage:

Buy-In: $9,800 + $200
Prize Pool: $2,625,500
Entrants: 279

WPT Legends of Poker Main Event

  • Aug 22, '09 - Aug 26, '09


Updates on Final Day (Aug 26, 09)


Kevin Schaffel Eliminated in Second Place ($471,670) Prahlad Friedman Wins 2009 WPT Legends of Poker Main Event ($1,009,000)

Prahlad FriedmanAll things considered, the end came quickly, despite a final table that featured numerous delays and unscheduled breaks.

Kevin Schaffel opened with a raise to 300,000 and Prahlad Friedman reraised to 800,000. Schaffel thought it over for about 30 seconds before moving all in and Friedman went into the tank.

With 2.8 million more, Friedman decided to make the call with AHeart SuitQSpade Suit. Schaffel turned voer KHeart SuitJClub Suit and had live cards to double up.

Kevin SchaffelThe dealer rolled over a board of 10Club Suit3Heart Suit2Heart Suit4Diamond Suit9Heart Suit and Schaffel was eliminated. Friedman celebrated in the stands with wife Dee Luong and the rest of his cheering section.

Schaffel clearly didn’t practice avoidance, but was rewarded with $471,670 for his effort. Friedman earned $1,009,000 in victory along with a $25,000 seat to the Bellagio’s WPT Championship in April.

Stay tuned for a complete recap of the final table.

Player Tags: Prahlad Friedman,   Kevin Schaffel

Back From Break

The players are back from their break and the cards are in the air.



The players are now on a 15-minute break.


Break Time

The final two players are on a break.


Kevin Schaffel Doubles Up

Kevin Schaffel limped in on the small blind and Prahlad Friedman checked his option. The flop came out AClub SuitQClub Suit3Diamond Suit and Friedman bet 100,000. Schaffel then moved all in for 1,760,000 and Friedman asked for a count.

After getting the news, Friedman called with JClub Suit4Club Suit for a flush draw. Schaffel showed QHeart Suit3Heart Suit for two pair and needed bricks to stay alive.

The turn was the 8Spade Suit and the river was the 2Diamond Suit, giving Schaffel the double up.

Prahlad Friedman — 4,555,000
Kevin Schaffel — 3,900,000

Player Tags: Prahlad Friedman,   Kevin Schaffel

Heads-Up Play Chip Counts

Interestingly, Todd Terry was eliminated in the last hand of the level, so we will be moving into level 26 for the heads-up match. The blinds will be 50,000-100,000 with a 20,000 ante.

Here are the chip counts heading into heads-up play:

Prahlad Friedman — 6,605,000
Kevin Schaffel — 1,850,000


Todd Terry Eliminated in Third Place ($231,300)

Todd TerryPrahlad Friedman raised in the small blind to 200,000 and Todd Terry moved all in from the big blind for the rest of his stack. Friedman quickly called with the AClub SuitQClub Suit and Terry was racing with pocket fours.

The board came QDiamond SuitJHeart Suit6Diamond SuitKSpade SuitKDiamond Suit and Terry was eliminated in third place. After the hand, Prahlad pushed his stack to nearly 7 million.

Player Tags: Prahlad Friedman,   Todd Terry

Back from Break

The final three players are back from break and the blinds are still in level 24.


Break Time

The players are on a 10-minute break.


Toto Leonidas Eliminated in Fourth Place ($144,600)

Prahlad FriedmanPrahlad Friedman raised to 200,000 under the gun preflop and Toto Leonidas made the call from the button. The flop was dealt KSpade Suit6Club Suit2Club Suit and Friedman bet 350,000. Leonidas thought for a moment and then moved all in for 1,390,000. Friedman made the call and they flipped up their cards:

Friedman: ASpade SuitKDiamond Suit
Leonidas: AClub Suit9Club Suit

Turn and River: JSpade Suit2Spade Suit

Leonidas was eliminated on the hand in fourth place and he will take home $144,600 in prize money. Friedman grew his chip stack to 4,445,000 and took the chip lead.

Player Tags: Toto Leonidas,   Prahlad Friedman
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