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2013 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Day 1c: Touil Leads, Riess Among Survivors

Ryan Riess

Season XII of the World Poker Tour continued on Saturday with Day 1c of the Legends of Poker at the famed Bicycle Casino. Leading the 135 survivors was Fabrice Touil, who bagged 272,400 in chips, and behind him were Ryan Goindoo, David Tuchman, David Daneshgar, and Steven Kelly.

In 2010, Touil reached his first and only WPT final table at the €10,000 Rendez-Vous a Paris, finishing fifth for $187,290. His largest career score came in 2012, when he finished sixth in the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event for $281,013.

Day 1c Top 10 Chip Counts

1Fabrice Touil272,400
2Ryan Goindoo269,000
3David Tuchman190,400
4David Daneshgar178,500
5Steven Kelly176,800
6Tyler Hemme170,500
7Lev Rofman170,200
8Mark Makaryan166,500
9Kijoon Nam165,500
10Scotty Nguyen159,400

Other notables who survived the day included Dan Heimiller, David “Doc” Sands, Brent Hanks, Paul Volpe, Dan O’Brien, Taylor Paur, Andy Frankenberger, and Sam Barnhart.

On his third bullet, 2013 World Series of Poker November Niner Ryan Riess was able to build up a nice sized stack. In Level 8, he and two opponents took a flop of {8-Spades}{4-Clubs}{3-Hearts}. Riess fired out 2,275, one player called, and the turn brought the {5-Diamonds}. Both players checked. The river was the {5-Hearts}, Riess fired out 6,350, his opponent called, and the November Niner raked in the pot with {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds} for kings and fives.

O’Brien doubled through Ray Qartomy during the penultimate level of the evening. O’Brien turned a wheel, then four-bet shoved over Qartomy, who tank-called with two jacks. Qartomy could only chop the pot with an ace on the river, but it was a blank, and O’Brien shipped the double.

Qartomy was later eliminated, along with Eric Baldwin, Jessica Dawley, Zo Karim, Tim West, Champions Club member Matt Waxman, defending Legends of Poker champion Josh Hale, and Ones to Watch Jeff Gross and Athanasios Polychronopolous.

Hale was eliminated during the last level of the night when he moved all in with two queens against an opponent’s ace-jack. The flop produced a jack, the turn brought a second one, and for kicks and giggles, the river was an ace.

Gross was eliminated by Sands during Level 6 after a preflop raising war. Gross found himself all in and at risk for 15,000 with ace-king against Sands’ pocket kings. The kings held up, and Gross hit the rail.

With 328 entrants during the third and final flight, the total field size was 669. The prize pool information will be released on Sunday. Day 2 action continues on Sunday as well, and be on the lookout for a recap of the day’s action on Monday.

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