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Meet the WPT Legends of Poker Final Table

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Here are the official chip counts for today's televised WPT Final Table of the WPT Legends of Poker, followed by the remaining prizepool:

Seat 1.  Harut Arutyunyan  -  3,030,000  (61 bb)
Seat 2.  Taylor McFarland  -  2,250,000  (45 bb)
Seat 3.  Jeremy Kottler  -  1,975,000  (40 bb)
Seat 4.  Tyler Kenney  -  2,555,000  (51 bb)
Seat 5.  Massoud Eskandari  -  5,975,000  (120 bb)
Seat 6.  Tyler Cornell  -  2,525,000  (51 bb)

1st:  $560,966
2nd:  $330,110
3rd:  $213,600
4th:  $145,640
5th:  $103,560
6th:  $83,075

And now, a closer look at the six final tablists who are looking to join the elite ranks of the WPT Champions Club. (Career live tournament results were compiled from The Hendon Mob's Poker Player Database.)



Harut Arutyunyan 1
Seat 1.  HARUT "HARRY" ARUTYUNYAN  -  3,030,000  (61 bb)

Harut “Harry” Arutyunyan only has a single live tournament cash to his credit — a 36th-place finish earlier this series in the $235 no-limit hold’em deepstack — but he has been playing poker for 11 years. While his tournament resume is thin, it’s about to be a lot more impressive as he adds this televised WPT Final Table.

Arutyunyan took the chip lead for a while in the middle of Day 2 of this tournament, and has been a force to be reckoned with ever since. He enters the final table second in chips, and hopes to finish higher than that.

Arutyunyan is a 31-year-old business born in Armenia and raised in California. A devoted family man, Arutyunyan says, “My family is everything to me,” and he’s happiest when he’s spending time with his wife and two young daughters.



Taylor McFarland
Seat 2.  TAYLOR McFARLAND  -  2,250,000  (45 bb)

While this is Taylor McFarland’s first WPT cash, he does have four WSOP cashes, including a seventh-place finish for nearly $60,000 in a $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event. If he finishes fourth or higher at this WPT Final Table, McFarland will more than double his current lifetime live tournament earnings of $120,694.

Most of McFarland’s success has come online. His most notable score came almost exactly one year before Black Friday, when he won the Full Tilt Million to earn more than $176,000.

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, the 27-year-old McFarland considers himself to be a semi-professional poker player, and he’s been playing since he was a teenager. While this is McFarland’s first WPT Final Table, we expect to see WPT Champions Club member Vivek Rajkumar in his section of the audience offering advice and support.



Jeremy Kottler
Seat 3.  JEREMY KOTTLER  -  1,975,000  (40 bb)

Jeremy Kottler has the most impressive tournament resume of the six final tablists, as this is his third straight season making a televised final table on the World Poker Tour — Kottler finished sixth at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Season XI (earning $187,845), and fourth at the WPT Borgata Poker Open in Season XII ($251,968).

Kottler has more than $1.2 million in career live tournament earnings, which includes five WPT cashes, 14 WSOP cashes, and three WSOP final tables. Kottler and his brother Zak almost became the first siblings to make a televised WPT Final Table together; when Kottler final tabled the WPT Borgata Poker Open a year ago, his brother Zak fell one table short, finishing 15th.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of Ohio State, this 34-year-old used to work in commercial real estate before he became what he describes as a semi-professional poker player. (He still does some consulting between poker tournaments.)



Tyler Kenney
Seat 4.  TYLER KENNEY  -  2,555,000  (51 bb)

Tyler Kenney brings plenty of poker experience to this WPT Final Table, with nearly $700,000 in career earnings in live tournaments in the past four years. While this is just Kenney’s third WPT cash, he also has seven WSOP cashes, and a WSOP final table.

This won’t be Kenney’s first time playing at a televised final table, as he finished third at the 2011 NAPT Mohegan Sun, earning $170,000. So nerves in front of the lights and cameras shouldn’t be a factor for him.

Kenney learned poker from his older brother that you may have heard of — Bryn Kenney, who has more than $3.6 million in live career earnings and is currently ranked 20th in the world by the Global Poker Index.

Kenney is a 25-year-old entrepreneur, born and raised in Long Beach, New York. Kenney and his girlfriend Jordana Fortaleza started their own fashion company, J.D. Luxe — “L.A.’s Premiere Mobile Boutique.” You can check it out at JDLuxeFashion.com.



Massoud Eskandari
Seat 5.  MASSOUD “MIKE” ESKANDARI  -  5,975,000  (120 bb)

There are different ways of measuring experience, but Massoud “Mike” Eskandari definitely qualifies as experienced. Eskandari simply plays poker, in tournaments of all sizes and buy-ins. This will be Eskandari’s 19th cash of 2014, and his 72nd since the start of 2012 — all of them coming in Southern California and Las Vegas.

Eskandari’s career earnings in live tournaments are $563,749, and he is already guaranteed the biggest payday of his career at this final table, even if he finishes sixth. But with a massive chip lead (120 big blinds to work with), Eskandari is hoping for much more than a sixth-place finish.

Eskandari was born in Tehran, Iran 54 years ago, and raised in California. Eskandari is a civil engineer and owns a retail store.

Season XI WPT Player of the Year Matt Salsberg tweeted that Eskandari is “literally the GOAT at the Bike.” (GOAT is an acronym for Greatest of All Time.) If anybody can be considered to have homefield advantage at this final table, it’s Eskandari.

His friends on the rail have been calling him “CBK,” which is short for Comeback Kid — with 13 players left on Day 4, Eskandari was the short stack with just nine big blinds. But that was then and this is now; Eskandari enters the final table as the massive chipleader.



Tyler Cornell 1
Seat 6.  TYLER CORNELL  -  2,525,000  (51 bb)

Tyler Cornell has a deep poker resume, but his most relevant result may be the fact that he has previously finished 11th in this event — twice (2010 and 2011).

Cornell has more than $530,000 in career live tournament earnings, with four previous WPT cashes, 13 WSOP cashes, and a WSOP final table. In 2013, he finished 68th in the WSOP Main Event, which is his biggest live score to date ($102,102). If he finishes fifth or higher here, he will surpass that mark.

Cornell has been even more successful online, earning more than $1.5 million, with a Sunday Million title to his credit.

Born and raised in Southern California, this 26-year-old poker player is poised to take his poker career to the next level, and winning a WPT title would certainly propel him in that direction.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Harut Arutyunyan, Taylor McFarland, Jeremy Kottler, Tyler Kenney, Massoud Eskandari, Tyler Cornell, Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
10:24 AM, 08/29/14

Jeremy Kottler Headlines Legends of Poker Final Table

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Jeremy Kottler 1
After an action-packed Day 4, the final table of the Legends of Poker Main Event is set. Headlining the action is Jeremy Kottler (pictured above), who is making his third final table appearance in as many seasons seeking his first WPT title.

Kottler had a busy day at the tables, getting involved in a ton of giant pots. He jumped to the top of the counts early in the action, eliminating Huy Lam in 16th place. Later, he took a big chunk of Tyler Kenney's stack in a big pot where he turned two pair to Kenney's top pair. The late stages of play were a little tough for Kottler though, as he doubled up Massoud Eskandari with pocket queens to Eskandari's pocket kings. He'll be the short stack when final table play begins, but he'll have experience on his side, as he is the only player who has played in front of the WPT cameras before.

Eskandari, on the other hand, will have plenty of chips to work at the final table. At one point today after losing a big pot to Kottler, Eskandari was down to just 190,000, but he didn't just rally, he ended the day as chip leader. It is a pretty fitting result for a guy whose friends call him CBK--Comeback Kid.

Joining them in the final table line-up are a pair of young poker pros by the name of Tyler, Tyler Cornell and Tyler Kenney. There is a third youngster with an online poker pedigree in the mix too, Taylor McFarland. Rounding out the final six is Bicycle Casino regular Harut Arutyunyan.

When Day 4 play began, there were 16 players left in the field, including two past Champions, Andy Frankenberger and Keven Stammen. Both of the winners had a chance at WPT history today, but came up a little short. Frankenberger, who won this event in Season X, was looking to become the first player to win the same WPT event twice. Stammen was looking for back-to-back titles and a chance at becoming the first reigning WPT World Champion to make a televised final table.

Neither were able to reach their goals though. Frankenberger exited in 10th place. Stammen was knocked down to just five big blinds at one point and managed to put together an impressive rally, but he missed out on the final table, finishing in eighth place.

The final table action gets underway on Friday at 4pm PT. We'll be on hand to bring you every single hand of final table action, so be sure to tune back in for up to the minute reports from the floor.

Here are the chip counts and seat assignments for the Legends of Poker final table:

Seat 1.  Harut Arutyunyan  -  3,670,000  (73 bb)
Seat 2.  Taylor McFarland  -  2,250,000  (45 bb)
Seat 3.  Jeremy Kottler  -  1,975,000  (40 bb)
Seat 4.  Tyler Kenney  -  2,555,000  (51 bb)
Seat 5.  Massoud Eskandari  -  5,975,000  (120 bb)
Seat 6.  Tyler Cornell  -  2,525,000  (51 bb)

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Jeremy Kottler, Massoud Eskandari, Taylor McFarland, Tyler Kenney, Tyler Cornell, Harut Arutyunyan, Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
09:39 PM, 08/28/14

WPT POY Salsberg Endorses Chipleader Massoud Eskandari

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Sorted In: Matt Salsberg, Massoud Eskandari, Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
09:28 PM, 08/28/14

Hand #92: Owen Crowe Out in 7th Place ($63,650)

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Owen Crowe
Hand #92  -  Taylor McFarland min-raises from the hijack to 100,000, Owen Crowe (pictured above) moves all in from the small blind for 970,000, and McFarland asks for an exact count before he goes into the tank for nearly three minutes.

McFarland eventually calls with AspadeQdiamond, and Crowe turns over AclubJclub. Crowe needs to improve to stay alive.

The board comes 6spade5club5diamond4heart7spade, and McFarland wins the pot with his queen kicker to eliminate Crowe from the tournament.

Taylor McFarland  -  2,250,000  (45 bb)
Owen Crowe  -  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($63,650)

The remaining six players are now verifying their chip counts and filling out their WPT bio sheets for tomorrow's televised WPT Final Table.

Official chip counts will be posted soon.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Owen Crowe, Taylor McFarland, Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
09:23 PM, 08/28/14

Hands #90-91: Final Seven Players

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #90  -  Harut Arutyunyan raises from the cutoff to 120,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #91  -  Tyler Cornell raises UTG+1 to 110,000, and Jeremy Kottler calls from the button. Both players check to the turn on a board of Adiamond4diamond4club2club, Cornell bets 125,000, and Kottler calls.

The river is the Qspade, and both players check. Cornell says, "Ten high," and Kottler shows 7club7diamond to win the pot with two pair, sevens and fours.

Jeremy Kottler  -  1,850,000  (37 bb)
Tyler Cornell  -  2,580,000  (51 bb)

Sorted In: Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
09:19 PM, 08/28/14

Hands #86-89: Final Seven Players

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #86  -  Owen Crowe raises from the button to 110,000, and Tyler Cornell calls from the big blind. The flop comes Aspade7spade6club, Cornell checks, Crowe bets 110,000, and Cornell calls. The turn is the 5club, and both players check.

The river is the Qdiamond, and they check again. Cornell shows Aheart4diamond to win the pot with a pair of aces, and Crowe mucks.

Tyler Cornell  -  2,905,000  (58 bb)
Owen Crowe  -  1,025,000  (20 bb)

Hand #87  -  Massoud Eskandari raises from the button to 125,000, and Tyler Cornell calls from the small blind. The flop comes 10diamond9club4spade, Cornell checks, Eskandari bets 225,000, and Cornell folds. Eskandari takes the pot.

Hand #88  -  Harut Arutyunyan raises from the small blind to 130,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #89  -  Massoud Eskandari raises from the hijack to 150,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Sorted In: Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
09:09 PM, 08/28/14

Hands #75-85: Final Seven Players

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #75  -  Tyler Cornell raises from the cutoff to 110,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #76  -  Harut Arutyunyan raises from the cutoff to 115,000, and Tyler Kenney calls from the big blind. The flop comes Qheart7diamond2diamond, Kenney checks, Arutyunyan bets 130,000, and Kenney folds. Arutyunyan takes the pot.

Hand #77  -  Massoud Eskandari raises under the gun to 125,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #78  -  Jeremy Kottler raises from the cutoff to 105,000, and Massoud Eskandari calls from the big blind. Both players check to the turn on a board of Qspade8diamond5diamond3spade, Eskandari bets 200,000, and Kottler calls.

The river card is the Jheart, Eskandari bets 200,000, and Kottler folds. Eskandari proudly shows KheartKspade as he takes the pot.

Hand #79  -  Tyler Kenney min-raises from middle position to 100,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #80  -  Owen Crowe raises from the cutoff to 110,000, and Massoud Eskandari calls from the button. The flop comes 10spade8diamond6spade, Crowe checks, Eskandari bets 150,000, and Crowe folds. Eskandari takes the pot.

Hand #81  -  Owen Crowe raises from middle position to 110,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #82  -  Everyone folds to Jeremy Kottler, giving him a walk in the big blind.

Hand #83  -  Tyler Cornell raises from middle position to 110,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #84  -  Everyone folds to Owen Crowe, giving him a walk in the big blind.

Hand #85  -  Harut Arutyunyan raises from middle position to 115,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Sorted In: Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
09:05 PM, 08/28/14

Hands #71-74: Final Seven Players

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #71  -  Jeremy Kottler raises from the cutoff to 105,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #72  -  Massoud Eskandari raises from the small blind to 150,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #73  -  Massoud Eskandari raises from the button to 125,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #74  -  Jeremy Kottler raises under the gun to 110,000 Harut Arutyunyan calls from the small blind, and Taylor McFarland calls from the big blind.

The flop comes 9club5club4heart, and action checks to Kottler, who bets 155,000. Arutyunyan calls, and McFarland folds. The turn card pairs the board with the 4club, and both players check.

The river card is the Kspade, Arutyunyan bets 210,000, and Kottler calls. Arutyunyan shows Kclub6club to win the pot with two pair, kings and fours, and Kottler mucks.

Harut Arutyunyan  -  3,450,000  (69 bb)
Jeremy Kottler  -  2,170,000  (43 bb)

Sorted In: Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
08:47 PM, 08/28/14

Hands #67-70: Final Seven Players

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #67  -  Tyler Kenney min-raises UTG+1 to 100,000, Owen Crowe moves all in from the hijack for 1,150,000, and Kenney folds. Crowe takes the pot.

Hand #68  -  Massoud Eskandari raises from the hijack to 125,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #69  -  Owen Crowe raises under the gun to 115,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #70  -  Jeremy Kottler raises from the button to 105,000, Tyler Kenney reraises from the small blind to 310,000, and Kottler folds. Kenney takes the pot.

Sorted In: Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
08:40 PM, 08/28/14

Hand #66: Chopped All-In Pot For Crowe and Cornell

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #66  -  Owen Crowe raises from the cutoff to 115,000, Tyler Cornell reraises from the small blind to 275,000, and Crowe moves all in for 1,125,000.

Cornell asks for an exact count before he calls with AheartJclub. Crowe turns over AdiamondKheart, and he needs it to hold to stay alive.

The board comes 7diamond6spade4spade5diamond8club, putting an eight-high straight on the board to chop the pot.

Tyler Cornell  -  2,740,000  (54 bb)
Owen Crowe  -  1,155,000  (23 bb)

Sorted In: Season XIII, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker
08:37 PM, 08/28/14
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