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Steven Begleiter Leads After WPT Legends of Poker Day 2

Poker News - August 24th, 2009 - Written by Bruce

After Day 2 of the WPT Legends of Poker was completed, November Nine member Steven Begleiter was once again the tournament chip leader. Begleiter came into Day 2 play with the chip lead and never relinquished the top spot, seemingly picking up chips with ease. He has thoroughly dominated the first two days of play, amassing a huge chip stack of 426,100 chips. Begleiter is one of the nine final table members of the 2009 WSOP Main Event, which will resume play on November 7th. He has been the tournament chip leader for the past few days, using an aggressive strategy to acquire a big chip lead. He entered Day 2 with more than twice as many chips as his closest competitor, with a chip stack of 235,000 compared to the second place stack of 93,900 chips. Begleiter will look to continue his momentum when Day 3 gets underway on Monday.

Well known poker pro Prahlad Friedman currently has the second largest chip stack with 382,700 chips. Freidman got off to a fast start in Day 2 when he flopped quad queens to best the pocket aces of his opponent. Friedman continued to amass chips as the day continued, putting him in great position as the remaining players look to make a run at the final table. Another familiar face is among the chip leaders, with Bryon Devonshire currently sitting in fifth place with a stack of 230,200 chips. Chip leader Steven Begleiter is not the only November Nine member still alive this week, as Kevin Schaffel will enter Day 3 with an above average chip stack of 152,000 chips. Begleiter will begin the WSOP Main Event final table in third place, while Schaffel will enter with the sixth largest chip stack. Other notable players still remaining after yesterday's Day 2 are Daniel Negreanu, Adam Levy, Greg Mueller, Jonathan Little, and Scotty Nguyen.

When the WPT Legends of Poker got underway on Saturday, 279 players ponied up the $10,000 entry fee creating a huge prize pool. The attendance dropped by nearly 100 players from the year before, but the winner this year will still take home over $1,000,000. Yesterday's Day 2 saw 183 players get trimmed down to 73 players in five levels of play. The top 27 finishers will make the money this week. Monday's Day 3 should be filled with excitement as the remaining players hope to avoid going home empty handed.

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