Blinds: 400-800 Players Left: 32 Average: 56,000
Gal Yifrach - 142,000
Cate Hall - 98,000
Ray Qartomy - 61,000
Maxx Coleman - 60,000
Michael Rocco - 57,000
Adam Geyer - 45,000
Niall Ferrell - 45,000
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
It was a huge bet, as it represented the 750,000 and change that Cantu had behind. Cantu spent quite some time in the tank, at one point asking for a count on Cramer's stack, presumably to figure out how much Cramer was risking. After nearly four minutes in the tank, Cantu said "I call."
"Flush," Cramer said as he rolled over [6h][5h]. Cantu nodded his head, rechecked his hole cards, and helicoptered them into the muck. Cantu will take home $29,740, but the first place prize of $44,960, and the Remington Trophy, are going home with Tim Cramer, the Cali King!
It's been quite a few months for Cramer. Just two months ago, he took down the first ever So Cal Poker Championships, earning over $300,000 for his efforts there. Safe to say, he will be a dangerous player in the upcoming Main Event, a tournament that he has made it down to the final ten in two years in a row.
Posted by tayke2 at 10:37 PM
Brandon Cantu raised to 36,000 preflop, and Tim Cramer reraised to 100,000. Cantu moved all in, and Cramer couldn't call fast enough.
It was a dream scenario for Cramer, but it quickly looked like it might become a nightmare, as the flop came [Qc][5h][4h]. The [6c] on the turn gave Cantu even more outs, but the [2s] completed the board. Cramer doubles up to 1.5 million, and he now has the lead over Cantu, who has 1 million.
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This gets us to heads up play. Cantu holds 1.7 million, while Tim Cramer had 825,000.
Posted by tayke2 at 9:47 PM
After a flop of [9h][4s][3d], David Pham checked to Tim Cramer, who bet out 31,000. Pham went for a check raise to 91,000, and it was back on Cramer. He thought for about a minute before announcing all in, easily having Pham covered.
Pham immediately stood up, but didn't act right away. He counted out his chips, surveyed the table a bit, and then made the call.
Pham was in great shape for the double up, but Cramer got some help with the [5d] on the turn. He needed another five or a six now, but the [As] on the river was neither of those.
Pham doubles up to nearly 800,000, and we have a tight three handed battle now, with all three players close in chips.
Posted by tayke2 at 9:26 PM
Tim Cramer raised preflop to 36,000, and Brandon Cantu three-bet it to 107,000. Cramer called, and the flop came down [Kd][Qh][5s]. Cramer check called a bet of 130,000 from Cantu, and the [6s] hit the turn. Both players checked that card, and the [8s] completed the board.
Cramer counted out all of his 25,000 chips, left one behind, and fired 275,000, with about 150,000 left behind. Cantu thought for just a few moments before folding, and a big pot was sent to Cramer.
Cramer took another nice pot off of Cantu after that, and he is back in the chip lead with about a million in chips.
Posted by tayke2 at 9:21 PM
The $5,250 event drew 71 players, easily surpassing the posted guarantee to create a prizepool of $355,000. The final table of nine players will be in the money, all earning at least $12,430. First place will take home the Remington, along with a hefty first place prize of $124,240. Check below for a full breakdown of the payouts, and best of luck to the 47 remaining players.
Posted by tayke2 at 9:05 PM
After a flop of [Kc][6s][2s], David Pham gets his final 237,000 in against Brandon Cantu. Pham had [Ac][6h], and he was happy to see he was in fantastic shape, as Cantu had [Js][6c]. The [10d] hit the turn, the [5h] came on the river, and Pham secured the double up to 500,000, while Cantu still has a comfortable lead still with 1.4 million.
Posted by tayke2 at 8:57 PM
Tomorrow we have our final prelim event, and it is the last of our freerolls giving back to our players for all of their hard work this series. This is the Player of the Series Freeroll that will be giving out Main Event Seats to the top three finishers. In order to be eligible, you have to finish in the top 100 of the Player of the Series Standings. In addition, players will be allowed to have one $100 add-on that will add to a prizepool that will be distributed between places 4-10. That freeroll starts at 1 PM.
We also have what should be an action pack Day 2 finals of the $5,250 event starting up at 1 PM. It should be a fantastic day of poker, so make sure you come back here for all of the updates!
Posted by tayke2 at 8:46 PM
After Tim Cramer raised from the small blind, Brandon Cantu reraised to 50,000 in the big blind. Cramer then slid out a four bet of 150,000, and Cantu broke down his remaining chips. After about 45 seconds, Cantu moved all in, and Cramer quickly called to create the biggest pot of the tournament so far.
The flop of [10s][7s][3c] was a great sight for Cantu, as was the [5c] turn. The river was paint, but it was the [Jc], and Cantu survived the all in to double to 1.5 million and into the chip lead, while Cramer tumbles down to 620,000.
Posted by tayke2 at 8:41 PM
The Escalator event today drew a total of 102 players, creating a prizepool of $51,000. The final 13 players will finish in the money, with a min cash earning $1,280. First place will take home $15,550, and the Remington Trophy. Check below for a breakdown of the payouts, and good luck to the final 27!
Posted by tayke2 at 8:31 PM
Mason was thrown a lifeline when the flop came [Kd][8s][2s], giving Mason the nut flush draw. The turn and river were both black cards, but they were the [3c] and the [Kc].
After taking that pot, Cramer has taken a hefty chip lead in this three handed battle. He has 1.4 million while Brandon Cantu has 700,000, and David Pham rounds it out with 480,000.
Posted by tayke2 at 8:07 PM
Nguyen's bottom two pair were crushed by Cramer's set, and only a seven would do for Nguyen now. Instead, the [5d] hit the turn, and the [9h] hit the river. Cramer vaults up to 690,000 after that hand, and is right in contention with David Pham and Brandon Cantu for the chip lead.
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It's been the Allan Le show over at the PLO8 final table, as he has about 70% of the chips in play three handed. Leading up to now, we lost Naoya Kihara in 7th, Sterling Savill in 6th, and Rob Cowen in 5th.
As we walked up to get fresh counts, we saw Le knock out Alexander Orlov in fourth. After a flop of [10d][8h][6c], Orlov fired 12,000. Le called, and the [9s] hit the turn. Orlov moved all in, and Le quickly called.
A seven completed the board, putting a straight on the board, but Le still had the best hand. Here's how the final three stack up right now.
Allan Le - 715,000
Paul Vinci - 255,000
Tyler Patterson - 89,000
Posted by tayke2 at 6:54 PM
We are up to 54 players in the $5,250 tournament, which has already topped the 52 we had last year. We still have two hours of registration and re-entry left, so we fully expect to get over 60 in this event. Good luck players!
Posted by tayke2 at 6:35 PM
The board came down [10c][6s][7c][4h][Kh], and Schwartz wasn't able to catch up to Cramer, sending him to the rail in seventh.
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David Pham raised to 17,000 in early position, and he was called by Jake Schwartz and Tim Cramer. It folds around to Craig Mason, and he moved all in for about 150,000. Pham tank folded, and Schwartz also got out of the way, but Cramer snap called to the surprise of a few at the table.
The flop of [Qh][7d][3d] shot Mason out into the lead, and Cramer wouldn't hit a miracle jack after that. Mason is up to over 350,000 after that pot, while Cramer drops to 275,000.
Posted by tayke2 at 6:26 PM
The flop of [9h][6c][6h] left Graner drawing thin, and the [As] on the turn ended the hand. Graner hits the payout desk, while Nguyen stay alive in his quest for his second Remington of the series.
Posted by tayke2 at 5:49 PM
After a raise from Thu Nguyen in early position, Stephen Graner moved all in for about 75,000. Nguyen thought about it for a while, as it was for most of his chips, but eventually, he made the call.
The board would run down [10s][8h][4s][Jd][3d], and Graner's kings held for the double. However, he sent a decent chunk of that pot back over to Nguyen on the next hand, when Nguyen doubled up with Ace-Nine vs. the King-Queen of Graner.
When the dust settled, Nguyen has about 130,000, while Graner has 120,000.
Posted by tayke2 at 5:35 PM
We have a few photos for you guys from our huge buy-in $200,000 Guaranteed Event. The two-time defending champion Kevin Song is back hoping to make it a three peat in this event. We also spotted pros Taylor Paur and Christian Harder both making their 2017 LAPC debuts. Check out those photos below, along with a few others.
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|Seat 1: Harry Arutyunyan - 85,000|
|Seat 2: Stephen Graner - 127,000|
|Seat 3: Tim Cramer - 410,000|
|Seat 4: Thu Nguyen - 128,000|
|Seat 5: Will Fialla - 150,000|
|Seat 6: Craig Mason - 295,000|
|Seat 7: Armen Cadoyan - 99,000|
|Seat 8: Brandon Cantu - 580,000|
|Seat 9: David Pham - 520,000|
|Seat 10: Jake Schwarz - 135,000|
Posted by tayke2 at 5:16 PM
Hong Li was kncoked out in 12th place, and we just lost Tim Lyons in 11th to get us down to one table. Lyons shoved with ace-kin on a flop of [9d][6h][4c], and Brandon Cantu called with [8h][6d]. The sixes would hold on the [Qc] turn and [10c] river, and Cantu takes the pot to strengthen his chip lead.
The final ten are redrawing for seats now. We will have photos and updated chip stacks coming shortly.
Posted by tayke2 at 4:47 PM
It was a battle of the Tims between Tim Cramer and Tim Lyons that saw Cramer pick off a river bluff to double. Lyons opened preflop, Cramer flatted, and the flop came down [Qc][Js][3h]. Lyons fired 23,000, Cramer called, and the [5s] hit the turn. Both players checked that card, and the [8s] came on the river.
Lyons didn't take very long to slide a tower of 5k chips into the middle, enough to set Cramer and his stack of just over 100,000 all in. Cramer looked quite surprised by the bet, as he counted out his chips. Eventually, he spiked them into the middle, and Lyons tapped the table, showing [Ac][Ks] for ace high. Cramer rolled over [Ac][Jc] for second pair, and it was good enough to scoop the pot, doubling him to 250,000, while Lyons tumbles down to 140,000.
Posted by tayke2 at 4:21 PM
It's time to up the ante here at the LAPC, as we have just kicked off our biggest prelim event yet, the $5,250 buy-in $250,000 Guaranteed Event. Amazingly, Kevin Song has taken down this event in back-to-back years.
Last year's final table included David Pham (2nd), Turbo Nguyen (4th), Stephen Chidwick (5th), and Tony Gregg (6th). We currently have 18 players in the field, but that number will steadily be growing until 8:30 PM. Good luck players!
Posted by tayke2 at 4:06 PM
Erich Karle and Stephen Graner were heads up on the turn of a board reading [Qc][6c][4s][8h], and it was Graner who was being put to the test when he arrived. Graner was contemplating an all in from Karle, a bet that was for most of his stack.
Graner tanked for over two minutes, and during his tank, there was a double up at the other table. Graner confirmed the result of that all in, as we are on a pay jump, and then said "ok I call."
Graner's top pair was well out in front, and Karle was hoping for a king and a king only. An ace came instead, giving Graner a virtual double up while also knocking us down to 12 players.
Posted by tayke2 at 3:39 PM
Most of our attention will be on the $100,000 Guaranteed Day 2 restart, but we will be keeping an eye on the other final table in the $1,100 PLO8 event. Check out who is playing at that final table below, and stay tuned for updates as the day moves on.
|Seat 2: Paul Vinci - 248,500 (chip leader)|
|Seat 3: Alexander Orlov - 83,500|
|Seat 4: Naoya Kihara - 166,500|
|Seat 5: Rob Cowen - 60,000|
|Seat 6: Sterling Savill - 112,000|
|Seat 7: Allan Le - 117,500|
|Seat 8: Tyler Patterson - 222,500|
Posted by tayke2 at 3:10 PM
Michael Ung busted in 15th, and not long after that, we lost Carol Fuchs in 14th. The biggest winner of the day so far is David Pham. He started the day with 71,000, and now, he is up to over 325,000. We will get exact chip counts from all those still in shortly.
Posted by tayke2 at 3:00 PM
Last night, Phil Hellmuth added another tournament title to his incredible poker resume, and in doing so, he defeated his good friend Mike Matusow heads-up. We interviewed Hellmuth after his win, and while normally we write a story around the winner's quotes, Hellmuth gave us over nine minutes of incredible content. So we thought it would be better to share the interview in it's entirety with you guys.
Enjoy the interview, and don't forget that the $10,000 LA Poker Classic Main Event starts on Saturday!
You just took down the $1,100 OE Event and you beat your good friend Mike Matusow heads up. That's got to feel pretty special right?
Mike and I had a blast and he said we were going to end up heads up. He was pretty short at one point I didn't have a ton of chips and he said we're gonna get heads up. Once he gets chips he's so tough. At Omaha 8 Stud 8 he's such a good player at especially these games. He and I, I felt like it would be a good battle.
You've had a pretty good LAPC so far this is your second time heads-up. You fell a little short in the 2-7, did coming up short there give you some more motivation for this battle?
I was looking at this trophy thinking I just finished second last week so I'm probably winning this one. There's something about me when I have the trophy in my hands and I lose then I come back to another final table I think I'm extra motivated. I was never short today I got down to maybe 60-70,000 at my lowest. I had some good cards obviously. It feels good I think the 2-7 I made a mistake I was playing the guy heads up and I came here to practice. So I signed up for the HORSE tournament and was expecting it wouldn't distract me. I never sign up for two events, but I went over and doubled up and I knew I was anteing off.
I was disappointed, and it's not that I didn't win the trophy but I would have preferred to have a long drawn out battle with him. I'm down here to learn games better pick up stuff talking to Mike Matusow and Miami John who are two of the best O8 players in the world especially in tournaments. Just to be able to discuss hands with them is super educational. John had some great insights, and Mike is the best in this game in this. For me, learning what hands to play is huge.
How important do you think it is for people, for example, Taylor Paur came down here two years ago and played all of the mixed games and last year, Marco Johnson was here playing $300 buy-in events. How important is it to practice here for the World Series?
Super important. The last time I practiced was 2012 at the Commerce I came here I played 10 days here. I played a lot of No-Limit, played some tournaments, and then I won two bracelets. So to me, I have to find a way to do this. Especially Brandon Cantu, he is my studying partner, and Mike is part of our league, we've been talking strategy for a long time. We've been looking for an opportunity to discuss hands. Finally I realized the LAPC is the perfect place so I told my wife sorry I have to leave four or five days early. I'm gonna go and focus on poker and figure out what to do in all of these games. The back and forth of I like this play, it prepares me to be ready. When I work like this, it sticks with me for 6-8 months, and so I'm putting in all the work to be my best at the Series.
Your attitude has seemed better. Less talking, and it doesn't seem like things are getting to you.
It's interesting with the ego stuff. I'm writing about this in my autobiography somebody asked me this question. The guy who asked me helped out Elon Musk, David Sachs, all of these ballers, and he asked me one question, his name is Antonio Gracias. He asked me "Phil how many bracelets would you have without your wife?" And he asked me in December of 2015 and I realized it's not just me. If you think that it's just you your ego will always be affected. But when you realize it's you and someone else. I see Jordan Spieth do that on tour, saying "we did this we did that." I was laughing about it and I shed a lot of ego because I realized it's not just me. I've had the best 2-3 months of my life financially but here I am grinding in these $500-1,000 tournaments trying my hardest. And it feels good to me it feels right.
Last questions: 14 bracelets, alot of titles, 100's of tournaments and final tables, but you don't have a WPT win. What would that mean to you?
The fact that I haven't won a WPT kills me. You saw it at the Bay 101 a few years ago I get it in Queens vs Andy Seth's Ace-Jack and we were both shocked to see an ace on the river. The LAPC where I had Ace-King of diamonds vs. Phil Ivey's Aces. I didn't even get a sweat it came 10-10-3 and it was over. Ivey went on to win the tournament. I lost a big coin flip to finish 7th at Tunica. I finished 7th at the Bike. I even finished 7th in the $25,000 Championship that was one of the most depressing days of my life. I've been 7th in a bunch of WPTs.
Writing my book I went to Hendon Mob and I freaked out I don't think about my accomplishments but I saw from the beginning of the millennium to the end of 2003 I had 51 final tables and I thought that such a random period I didn't win a bracelet in a period of seven years and I only focused on that. Then I thought wow on the east coast I chopped a big one, and another one. At the Rio we were playing the Carnivale of Poker I won two or three of those. I won 3-4 hall of fames and I look at the list and I think wow I won 30-40 major tournaments it's crazy and I didn't know that. It gives me hope that I can win a WPT and the thing is I've played one from June until today I've played one WPT. I need to get in reps.
Posted by tayke2 at 2:48 PM
- LAPC Event #53 No-Limit Hold'em
- 2/22/16 - 4 PM
- $5,250 Buy-in
- $200,000 Guaranteed
- 25,000 Starting Stack
- Levels 1-12 - 40 Minutes
- All Remaining Levels 60 Minutes
- Late Register until 8:30pm
- Two Day Event
- One Re-entry Allowed
- Day 2 Thursday, February 23rd at 1PM
Posted by tayke2 at 1:05 PM
It's time once again to bring out the always popular Escalator structured event. The buy-in today is $570, and here is how the structure works. The first level will be five minutes long. The second level will be ten minutes long. The levels will continue to increase by five minutes throughout the tournament, all the way until the end. Last year, we had levels of two hours and longer at the final table, which was one by Adam Volen.
Registration for this event will be open until 5:15 PM. Good luck everyone!
Posted by tayke2 at 1:00 PM
- LAPC Event #52 Escalator Format
- 2/21/17 - 1 PM
- $570 Buy-in
- 12,500 Starting Stack
- First Level 5 Minutes Long
- Levels Increase by 5 Minutes After That
- Late Register until 5:15pm
- Two Day Event
- One Re-entry Allowed
- Day 2 Thursday, February 23th at 2PM
Posted by tayke2 at 10:00 AM
|LAPC EVENT #51|
|$1,100 PLO 8 OR BETTER|
|Entries: 70||Prizepool: $70,0000|
|Place||Last Name||First Name||City||State||Chips||Table||Seat|
Posted by Justin Hammer at 4:09 AM
|LAPC EVENT #50|
|$1,100 NO LIMIT HOLD'EM|
|Entries: 171||Prizepool: $171,000|
|Place||Last Name||First Name||City||State||Chips||Table||Seat|
Posted by Justin Hammer at 2:25 AM
|LAPC EVENT #49|
|Entries: 72||Prize Pool: $72,000|
Posted by Justin Hammer at 2:18 AM
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Hellmuth: [8c][7c] / [5s][Qh][7s][7h] / [6s]
Matusow: [Ah][8s] / [3h][10d][3d][5h] / [Kh]
Mike Matusow is all in on third street against Phil Hellmuth, and both players show three to a low. Matusow pairs up on fourth street, but it was all Hellmuth from there. He got running sevens to make trips, and by seventh, Matusow could only chop for a low. He got a king instead, giving the final hand to Hellmuth.
Matusow will have to settle for $14,400, while the Remington Trophy, and first place prize of $25,200 goes to Hellmuth! Be sure to come back tomorrow for a great eight minute interview with our winner. Congratulations again Phil!
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Hellmuth: [x][x] / [4d][10h][2c][8c] / [x]
Matusow: [x][x] / [3h][9s][5d][Ah] / [x]
Mike Matusow brings in, and Phil Hellmuth raises it. Matusow calls, and calls another bet on fourth street. Both players check fifth street, and on sixth, Matusow bets out. Hellmuth beats Matusow into the pot, and on seventh, Matusow fires out again.
Hellmuth takes some time sweating his last card before he raised it up. Matusow immediately stood up and said "are you f***ing kidding me?!" He thinks for about a minute before folding, leaving himself with just 60,000 in chips.
Posted by tayke2 at 10:28 PM
Commerce Tournament Director Justin Hammer is manning the camera on a live stream for our battle between Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matusow. You can watch the heads up battle here!
Posted by tayke2 at 9:49 PM
Blinds: 800-1,600 Players Left: 40 Average: 64,000
Brandon Cantu - 180,000
Erich Karle - 170,000
Tim Cramer - 126,000
Harry Arutyunyan - 120,000
Thu Nguyen - 110,000
David Pham - 88,000
Jake Schwartz - 60,000
Mike Shariati - 45,000
Posted by tayke2 at 9:38 PM
Phil Hellmuth just knocked out George Rechnitzer in third place, giving us the heads-up match we were all hoping for. Hellmuth has a nice chip lead on Matusow right now, holding 750,000 to the 360,000 of Matusow. The limits are currently 15,000-30,000. Stay tuned to find out who emerges victorious!
Posted by tayke2 at 9:14 PM
At the request of Mike Matusow, we are currently Periscoping the final three of the $1,100 OE Event. Matusow and good friend Phil Hellmuth are going at it in some playful and not so playful banter. Check out the live stream below.
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"It's been a long time coming. I've put 10 years into this blood, sweat, and tears. It feels good. I knew I'd get there but sometimes the journey makes it a better learning process if you don't get the success right away. It's a very proud moment."
Before yesterday, Vilchez's biggest live cash was good for just over $11,000. Vilchez said that he has had several deep runs that didn't end up panning out for him. However, thanks to some recent changes in his game, he was able to get it done yesterday.
"I've really been working on my game and I've added a lot of patience to it. Maybe a year or two ago I was more high variance and didn't play my ranges well. This structure allows you to fold in some spots where you would normally feel like you have to get it in. The structure is amazing I don't know how you guys pulled off 1.8 million prizepool. 90 minute levels at the final table. You can't beat that."
Vilchez was quick to admit that he caught a lot of run good to get to the end. He told us about a spot early on in Day 2 where he had to get really lucky to survive.
"Actually yesterday I got ace king in vs. aces and ran out a four flush. At that moment it just felt right. I had a pretty steady climb had about a million for five or six levels. Then went from 500,000 to four million and then we get down to the final ten and I lost half my stack in two hands back to back. The structure helped me so much and I had alot of big hands today. I ran really well I've never run so well in my life."
Despite the massive score, it looks like Vilchez will be being smart with his new found fortune. When asked about his plans for the Main Event, Vilchez said he doesn't intend to buy in for the full amount.
"I don't think I'm gonna buy in directly to the Main Event. I might sell some action or hopefully satellite in. Traditionally I would buy in directly but I think I need to be smarter about it."
Congratulations to Vilchez, along with Billy Baxter, Aditya Pratesyo, and Daniel Barriocanal, who were the other three players involved in the chop.
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Congratulations to all four players!
Posted by tayke2 at 7:51 PM
While we were figuring out a chop in the Senior's Championship, John Ruggieri was knocked out in sixth place over at the OE Event. He will take home $3,780 for his efforts. That leaves us with just five players. Phil Hellmuth still has a hefty chip lead over the field.
Posted by tayke2 at 7:39 PM
Today's $1,100 buy-in $100,000 Guaranteed Event drew a total of 171 players, making for a prize pool of $171,000. The final 22 spots will get paid tonight, with first place earning just under $45,000 and the Remington trophy. Check out the full payouts below, and good luck to the remaining 64 players!
Posted by tayke2 at 7:30 PM
That left Rice with less than ten bigs, and he would bust not long after that.
Posted by tayke2 at 7:18 PM
Tomorrow is the first of a few massive buy-in events we have on the schedule, as we get ready to wrap up another LAPC here at the Commerce Casino. The $5,250 buy-in $200,000 Guaranteed Event will be starting up at 4 PM. Players will start with 25,000 in chips, and registration will be open until 8:30 PM. This is a two day event, with the finals starting up at 1 PM on Thursday.
Before that event, we have our always fun Escalator Event at 1 PM. With that structure, the first level will be 5 minutes long. The second level will be 10 minutes, the third 15, and so on, all the way until the end. Last year, we had levels of over two hours at the final table, leaving for a ton of deep stacked play when the money matters the most! Registration for that event will close at 5:15 PM.
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