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2013 WPT Legends of Poker Day 3: Karschamroon in Command; Laak Eyes Second Title

2013 WPT Legends of Poker Day 3: Karschamroon in Command; Laak Eyes Second Title 0001

A field of 716 has been trimmed down to 15 at the 2013 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event. After dominating the seven 90-minute levels on Day 3, Patrick Karschamroon (pictured) will take a commanding lead into the penultimate day, holding double the stack of his next closest competitor. The eventual winner of the event will take home $613,355 when the tournament comes to a close on Wednesday.

End-of-Day 3 Chip Counts

1Patrick Karschamroon4,155,000
2John Gordon2,190,000
3Dan Heimiller2,155,000
4Ryan Goindoo2,025,000
5Shahen Martirosian1,370,000
6Phil Laak1,345,000
7Stephen Graner1,275,000
8Alex Masek1,140,000
9Jordan Cristos1,100,000
10Cherng Hua990,000
11Garrett Greer955,000
12Brian Gorman760,000
13Sam Barnhart675,000
14Richard Munro670,000
15Ron Jenkins655,000

Day 3 began with 71 players all in the money, and several big names were still in contention. Among them was Phil Laak, who began the day third in chips, and he was able to continue building his stack to move on to Day 4. Laak was quiet for most of the day, but he did manage to eliminate Lloyd Mandel in 42nd place when his {A-Hearts}{2-Clubs} held up against {Q-Spades}{J-Hearts} after all the chips went in on a {10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{7-Hearts} flop. Laak will enter Day 4 in the middle of the pack with the hopes of earning his second title on the World Poker Tour.

Karschamroon took the chip lead midway through the day and surpassed the 2 million-chip mark after eliminating Henrik Antanesian and Darlene Lee on the same hand. According to the WPT Live Updates, Antanesian moved in for his last 20,000 (blinds 6,000/12,000/2,000) from early position, and Lee three-bet to 100,000 from the button. Karschamroon then four-bet to 340,000 from the big blind, and Lee went into the tank for several minutes before deciding to call all in.

Antanesian: {9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Lee: {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}
Karschamroon: {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}

Karschamroon was a huge favorite, and the {A-Hearts}{K-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop gave him a stranglehold on the hand. Neither the {Q-Diamonds} turn nor the {2-Diamonds} river changed a thing, and Karschamroon secured the double knockout.

Karschamroon then won a big pot against Day 2 chip leader Dan Heimiller to push him past 3 million in chips. Karschamroon raised to 26,000 from early position and Heimiller called from the hijack. On the {K-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} flop, Karschamroon bet 36,000, Heimiller raised to 101,000, and Karschamroon called. Both players checked the {7-Spades} turn, and the dealer tabled the {8-Hearts} river. Karschamroon led out for 175,000 and then called after Heimiller raised to 400,000. Heimiller mucked instantly, and Karschamroon took down a pot worth more than 1 million without showing his hand.

Heimiller still managed to survive the day, finishing third in chips with more than 2 million. Joining him on Day 4 will be fellow WSOP bracelet winner Sam Barnhart and six-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Alex Masek.

Among the less fortunate who exited on Day 3 were Joe Serock (71st -$7,050), Faraz Jaka (62nd - $8,095), Ali Eslami (56th - $8,095), Jesse Yaginuma (38th - $10,210), David Daneshgar (35th - $12,155), Zo Karim (33rd - $12,155), Greg Mueller (20th - $14,340) and Matt Berkey (18th - $16,530).

Day 4 will begin at 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, and the plan is to play down to the final six. Stay tuned to as we bring you daily reports from the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.

*Data courtesy of

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