Arutyunyan wins Legends of Poker

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The Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino has wrapped up another successful season Sept. 3.

Harut “Harry” Arutyunyan won the WPT Legends of Poker main event after navigating a 566-player field over six days and took home $576,369, including a $15,400 seat into the season-ending WPT World Championship at Borgata Casino in Atlantic City.

The $3,500 main event generated a $2,157,594 prize pool. Rounding out the top five were Mike Eskandari ($330,110), Tyler Kenney ($213,600), Taylor McFarland ($145,640) and Tyler Cornell ($103,560).

Among the notables who cashed included David Williams (52nd, $8,630), Freddy Deeb (43rd, $9,710), 2008 WPT winner Lee Markholt (36th, $11,865), Ryan Riess (35th, $11,865), Matt Salsberg (27th, $14,025), David Chiu (20th, $14,025) and 2010 WPT winner Andy Frankenberger (10th, $24,815).

The 10th Mega Millions was the largest yet. With 6,229 entries and 4,879 add-ons, the prize pool swelled to $1.825 million. Daniel Strelitz was the big winner for $280,410. The rest of the top five were Sam Jabboury ($164,145), Joel Kop ($125,225), Walter Fisher ($90,535) and Shane Schleger ($62,610).

Former WPT champion Nam Le took down Event 21 for $88,530 and a $15,400 WPT Championship seat. Jared Griener came in second ($84,667) followed by Behzad Teranie ($60,265), Sarkis Keshishian ($51,825) and William Cole ($51,747).

Other events in the month-long series included: Event 11 Omaha/8 as Hieu Ngoc Ma came out on the top of an eight-way deal that awarded him more than $10K.

Ray Wright won Event 12 and $8,080 as 70 players paid $345 for the shootout.

Ashton Holmes won his second event of this series and earned $10K for taking down Event 14. He also won Event 4, the deepstack $75K guarantee.

Hermilo Vargas earned $11,115 after a six-way deal was made in Event 16 ($1,100 Omaha/8), which drew 39 players.

Seth Berger took home $27K for winning Event 17, an $1,100 NLHE event with a $100K guarantee.

The $1,100 bounty event sported a $50K guarantee as Dana Kellstrom took home $8,385 and the title.

Event 19 (Badugi/2-7 triple draw) saw Joey Deluca win the title and $4,037.

CHARITY: The 11th annual “All-in” for Kids Celebrity Poker Tourney is Oct. 19 (12:30 p.m.) at the Commerce Casino, benefitting the non-profit Alliance for Children’s Rights. Cost is $400 after Oct. 3. Go to kids-alliance.org for more details or call Kathy Meherin at 310-614-3716.

— Email Kittie Aleman at anteupkittie@gmail.com.