WPT Legends of Poker final table features November Niner

by , Aug 26, 2009 | 1:41 pm


Prahlad Friedman Wins Million-Dollar Prize, Schaffel Takes Second

The final table of the $10,000 WPT Legends of Poker resumes at 4pm PT today, with November Niner Kevin Schaffel the chip leader at 2,234,000. Here’s how the rest of the final table will be seated:

1. Sam Stein – 743,000
2. Todd Terry – 2,219,000
3. Kevin Schaffel – 2,234,000
4. Prahlad Friedman – 1,476,000
5. Mike Krescanko – 1,209,000
6. Toto Leonidas – 580,000

Steven Begleiter, the other November Niner remaining from action on Tuesday, finished in 9th. Here’s what the final table is playing for:

1 $1,034,500
2 $471,670
3 $231,300
4 $144,600
5 $116,225
6 $89,220

BJ Nemeth and company will be providing hand by hand coverage of the final table on their live updates page.

7 Comments to “WPT Legends of Poker final table features November Niner”

  1. Andrew

    How sick is the jump in payouts? $89K for 5th and a mil for first?

  2. Kevin Mathers

    Look at Bellagio results for similar disparities. The payout structure was adjusted to give first place $1,000,000.

  3. California Jen

    Yep, WPT can’t have a first place of less than $1 million. Sucks for smaller fields. Still looking forward to seeing if Schaffel can actually win this thing tonight – should be interesting!

  4. BJ Nemeth

    FYI, the payouts are set by the casinos, and not by the WPT. The casino really wanted the $1 million first prize, and I’m not sure why they didn’t make it an even million. Who cares about the extra $9,000 at that point? (Though it would be appreciated by those lower on the payscale …)

  5. BJ Nemeth

    And as you probably know, the WPT has had *plenty* of first prizes below the $1 million mark. I think it was Erik Seidel who won $992,890, missing out on a million-dollar cash. (He’s never had a million-dollar cash.)

    In a similar incident, the WPT Biloxi event came up about $20K short of a $1 million first prize, and Johnny Grooms talked the casino into adding that amount to the prizepool as an overlay. Grooms convinced them that it was worth $20,000 to market the prize as $1 million. They could have slightly altered the payout schedule, but they didn’t. That’s pretty damn respectable, and pretty awesome of Johnny Grooms.

  6. Poker Shrink

    Johnny Grooms – one of the classiest tournament directors in the business and on the long list of TDs who have been trashed by the ego-maniacs who are the corporate back room boyz at Harrah’s.

  7. BJ Nemeth

    Kevin “November Nine” Schaffel came close, but finished second behind Prahlad Friedman. I was actually rooting for Schaffel, because a million-dollar WPT title definitely would have redirected some of the WSOP Final Table attention the WPT’s way. But I like Prahlad, so I’m still very happy with the WPT Legends champion.