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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Leong Looking To Defend His Crown

Event 1 (Day 1)
Level 4 (100/200)
Total Entries: 220
Chris Leong (New York, NY)
One of the more interesting storylines to watch throughout tournament series is how defending champions of big events fair the following year, as they always look to defend their title, with few actually accomplishing that goal. 

While some events throughout this series might have defending champions that are of the "one hit wonder" variety, the opening $100,000 GTD Event 1 of the Foxwoods Card Player Poker Tour has a defending champion that has proven himself on nearly every stage in poker. 

Chris Leong (New York, NY) returns to Foxwoods for the first time since the Foxwoods Mega Stack Challenge held in December, where he Final Tabled two events earning just under $10,000 for those deep runs, looking to defend his Event 1 victory from last year's CPPT opening event. 

That win would be Leong's third major tournament victory of his career after he won back-to-back WSOP Circuit Rings in the same series held in the spring of 2013 at Caesars Atlantic City. 

The CPPT title would earn him just over $40,000, just shy of his highest career cash, $48,000, that came from his first WSOPC win. 

Leong has just over $200,000 in live tournament earnings to his name and a look at his recent tournament scores from last year indicate that Leong certainly feels comfortable playing here, with close to a dozen rate scores coming at Foxwoods in 2014 alone. 

Leong will have his work cut out for him to repeat as CPPT champion here in Event 1, as this already looks like a tough field with Foxwoods regulars Ralph Macri, Ryan Eriquezzo and Raj Patel taking their seats prior to the last break. 

But, Leong has not only the poker resume, but also the Foxwoods resume to make himself a serious contender to not only take down the Event 1 title again, but make numerous deep runs throughout the entire Card Player Poker Tour.