Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante
On this episode of the Jess and BJ Show, Jessica Welman and BJ Nemeth start a reality show in space, bet the Bookie's Over/Under on Squeaky's Day 2 finish, recap Day 1B of the Legends of Poker, and answer the question, "Who is your favorite cheater?"
Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante
By BJ Nemeth
For the first time in WPT history, players could enter a tournament twice. More than 60% of the players who busted on Day 1A took advantage of the re-entry format to try again on Day 1B.
With 435 entrants on Day 1B, the total field size reached 757, creating a prizepool of $2.57 million. First place is worth $758,085, and the final 81 players will finish in the money.
Here's a look back at some of the highlights from Day 1B:
Before she was ever a Royal Flush Girl, Melyssa Grace was into auto racing. A friend of hers brought a Bugatti Veyron (worth well over $1 million) to the Bicycle Casino so she could show it off for the WPT cameras.
Bicycle Casino Tournament Director Mo Fathipour (far right) announces "Shuffle up and deal" in front of the Royal Flush Girls Social Bar. Fathipour is joined by (from left to right) Mica Javier, Kimberly Lansing, Mike Sexton, Vince Van Patten, Melyssa Grace, and Melissa Fisher.
Defending WPT Legends of Poker champion Andy Frankenberger was eliminated on Day 1A, but he had something that no other WPT winner ever had -- a second chance to defend his title. Frankenberger is pictured here at the casino cage picking up his registration receipt.
While Frankenberger was on a roll for most of the day, his title defense came to an end late. In the previous nine seasons of the World Poker Tour, no player has ever successfully defended their title.
Actress Jennifer Elise Cox, most famous for playing Jan Brady in the mid-1990s "Brady Bunch" parody films, was one of the players in action on Day 1B. Cox has played quite a few charity poker tournaments, and survived to Day 2 with an average chip stack.
WPT cameraman Steve Lundberg records interior footage as Royal Flush Girl Melyssa Grace shows off the Bugatti Veyron. The close-ups had to be recorded with the car parked, because when it was moving, it was really moving. The g-forces were too strong for Lundberg to get a steady shot.
With great power comes great responsibility, so Melyssa Grace checks her rear view mirror before she drives off. The Bugatti Veyron is the fastest street-legal car in the world, and this 1,001-horsepower model is capable of reaching speeds above 250 mph.
Owen Crowe (center) had a below-average stack when he was moved between Allen Kessler (left) and Matt Affleck -- both of whom were among the chipleaders with about 100,000 in chips.
Amanda Musumeci was short-stacked for much of the day, but that didn't stop her from having a good time with the other players at her table. Musumeci finished 11th at WPT Indiana last season, and was one of the last women standing in the WSOP Main Event this summer. Unfortunately, Musumeci was eliminated on Day 1B.
Albert Lovato qualified for this event through ClubWPT.com, and even though he busted in the middle of the day, he said he had a great time and vowed to qualify again.
ClubWPT.com qualifier Troy Syrjanen (left) enjoyed his day off after surviving Day 1A with about 40,000 in chips. Syrjanen returned to the Bicycle Casino to play a game of pickup basketball at the RFG Social Bar against Royal Flush Girl Melanie Iglesias.
Basketball? Well, not exactly. They were playing the X-Box Kinect that is set up at the RFG Social Bar. This bar may not serve any drinks, but it's a great place to relax and socialize in the tournament area.
Christina Lindley (right) eliminated former WPT winner Cornel Cimpan in the middle of the day, and his open seat was filled by Kyle Wilson (left). Lindley is friends with Wilson, but that didn't stop her from eliminating him too. Lindley finished the day with 103,600 in chips.
Justin Henry took the chip lead around the dinner break with about 145,000. Henry is an actor, and as an eight-year-old child he received critical acclaim for his performance in "Kramer vs. Kramer," becoming the youngest actor to ever be nominated for an Academy Award.
Ali Eslami (far left) was all in preflop, and can only sit and watch as Matt Affleck (center right) and Taylor Kriegenbergh (foreground right) battle over a side pot after a flop of 1065.
Kriegenbergh bet the flop, and Affleck tanked for a while before he folded, giving Kriegenbergh the side pot of 25,000.
As for Eslami, he flopped top set with 1010, which easily held up against Kriegenbergh's 99 to earn him the main pot worth 32,400 -- a triple-up for Ali Eslami.
The Royal Flush Girls hang out at the RFG Social Bar on and off throughout each tournament day. From left to right, Mica Javier, Melissa Fisher, Melyssa Grace, and Sunisa Kim.
J.C. Tran, who already has a WPT title on his impressive poker resume, emerged as the chipleader late in the day with more than 200,000 in chips. Tran would finish strong with 265,000, good for the overall chip lead going into Day 2.
WPT Live Updates hostess Jess Welman interviews Owen Crowe at the end of Day 1B, naming him the ClubWPT.com Player of the Day.
Here's a look at the top 10 chip counts:
1. J.C. Tran - 265,000
2. Matt Berkey - 248,500
3. Soi Nguyen - 215,200
4. Dan Heimiller - 201,000
5. Hung Tran - 189,600
6. Cody Slaubaugh - 188,200
7. Tyler Cornell - 179,200
8. Gary Miles - 177,300
9. Ken Lawson - 174,100
10. Jordan Cristos - 173,600
Day 2 begins Saturday at 1:00 pm PT. Return to WPT.com for live coverage throughout the day.
Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 anteSorted In: Featured Blog, Jessica Welman, Owen Crowe, The Bicycle Casino, Legends of Poker, Season X