Arutyunyan wins Legends of Poker



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 for more details or call Kathy Meherin at 310-614-3716.

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