Wednesday, August 22, 2018

WPT500 Los Angeles Days 1G and 1H End with Alexander Beleson and Aram Bedrosian Leading

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WPT500 Los Angeles Days 1G and 1H End with Alexander Beleson and Aram Bedrosian Leading

Two more starting flights of the WPT500 Los Angeles are in the books now. Days 1G and 1H were played at the host facility, The Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California to see the event’s overall field grow to 955 entries from a field of 764 contestants that was recorded after the two previous starting flights.

Day 1G drew 144 entrants. It kicked off at 11:30 am at the host venue and continued all the way through Level 21. Only seven players made it through the end. They will be led by Alexander Beleson into Day 2, which is set to be played on Sunday, August 26. Beleson accumulated a stack of 1.114 million to put into his bag at the end of the day. The player is thus ranking second in the temporary leaderboard of all starting flights played so far.

He is only topped by Peter Hengsakul, the Day 1A chip leader whose stack of 1.151 million is yet to be bested. Hengsakul is looking to improve his third-place finish from the previous WPT500 Los Angeles, so it is no surprise that he fought fiercely throughout his starting flight.

How Day 1H Unfolded

Day 1H Turbo began at 5 pm at the host venue. Action unfolded over 21 levels. There were 47 players to register into the event through that starting field, but there were only two of them to make it through the very end of the ordeal.

Aram Bedrosian ended the day as the chip leader with 728,000 chips in his bag and a massive advantage over the other survivor, Serj Markarian. The latter player collected 212,000 at the end of the Day 1H starting flight.

As mentioned above, the $570 buy-in WPT500 Los Angeles tournament has attracted a field of 955 entries to far. And that original field has been cut to just 48 hopefuls who will advance into Day 2 on Sunday.

Eight more starting flights are to be played as part of the event’s schedule with the last two of these slated for Saturday, August 25. Each of the next four days, today included, will feature two starting flights, one beginning at 11:30 am local time, the other at 5 pm local time. The second flight of the day would be of turbo format for heated live poker action.

The previous WPT500 Los Angeles event took place in May 2017. The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens played host to the tournament back then. There were 3,266 entrants to register to create a prize pool of $1.633 million. The top 263 players received a share of the money and it was Dong Le who emerged as the victor to claim the title and the first-place prize of $224,500. As mentioned above, the overall chip leader in the ongoing WPT500 Los Angeles, Peter Hengsakul, finished third in last year’s edition of the tournament to collect $100,000 in prize money.

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