The EPT Barcelona, with its record-setting fields, showed that live poker is still growing internationally. In the U.S., Why’s-It-Gotta-Be-Black-Friday is still kicking poker’s ass. Exhibit 2,347: the 2012 WPT Legends of Poker*. Last year’s event drew in 757 players and generated a prize pool of $758,085. This year, the $3,500 buy-in re-entry event pulled 622, with first earning an even $500,000.
The $500,000 first place prize is the lowest the tournament has had since Season 1.
With both Day 1′s in the books, Hilmar Solvason leads all, stacked at 227,000. He’s followed by Bhagwan Tejwani with 177,700.
A total of 308 of the starting 622 survived the Day 1′s. On notable re-entry who survived not only Day 1B, but a near brush with death with Matt Marafioti, was Jon Aguiar (52,900). Here’s hoping for a same table draw on Day 2. Poker could always use a little more drama.
None of the Holy TriumvirateTM (Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey) played the event.
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* Legends of Poker legend winners include: Doyle Brunson, Dan Harrington, John Phan, and Prahlad Friedman. Non-Legend winners include: Chris Karagulleyan, Alex Kahaner, Mel Judah, and Joe Pelton. Other winners inching towards the legend category include Andy Frankenberger and Will Failla.