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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Some Chip Counts in the $5,250 Event

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

Congratulations to Tim Cramer, Winner of the $100,000 Guaranteed Event!

After a flop of [Kh][9h][3h], Brandon Cantu fired out 43,000. Tim Cramer raised it up to 135,000, and Cantu called. The [3s] came on the turn, and Cantu checked this time. Cramer bet 185,000, and Cantu called. The river brought the [2s], and Cantu checked again. Cramer eyeballed his stack, Cantu's stack, and after about 30 seconds of thinking, he announced all in.

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.

Cramer Doubles Through Cantu

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.

Cramer: [Ac][Ad]
Cantu: [Ah][6h]

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.

Congratulations to Allan Le, Winner of the $1,100 PLO8 Event!

Allan Le began heads-up play with Paul Vinci with a huge chip lead, but Vinci was able to score a big double up to turn the tide. However, Le slowly grinded his way back, and after a battle of over two hours, the title was his. For his efforts, Le will take home $24,480, and one of the last Remington Trophies before the Main Event starts. Congrats Allan!

David Pham Eliminated in 3rd Place ($17,540)

On a completed board of [9d][4d][2h][7s][Ah], David Pham fired out 145,000. Cantu asked Pham how much he had left, and when he got a look at his stack, he dropped a stack of 25,000 chips in the middle, enough to set Pham all in. Pham called it off, and Cantu said "aces up," showing [Ad][4s]. Pham shook his head and tabled [10d][9h] as he headed to the payout desk.

This gets us to heads up play. Cantu holds 1.7 million, while Tim Cramer had 825,000.

Pham Doubles Through Cramer

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: [9d][6c]
Cramer: [7h][5h]

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.

Big River Bet Gets it Done for Cramer

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.

By the Numbers: $5,250 No-Limit Hold'em

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.

1. $124,240
2. $71,000
3. $43,490
4. $31,060
5. $23,960
6. $18,640
7. $15,980
8. $14,200
9. $12,430

Pham Doubles Through Cantu

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.

What's Coming Up: The Player of the Series Freeroll

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!

Cantu Doubles Through Cramer in Massive Flip

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.

Cramer: [Ac][Qd]
Cantu: [6d][6h]

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.

By the Numbers: $570 Escalator Event

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!

1. $15,550
2. $9,560
3. $5,870
4. $3,830
5. $2,980
6. $2,380
7. $2,030
8. $1,760
9. $1,560
10-12. $1,400
13. $1,280

Craig Mason Eliminated in 4th Place ($10,670)

Tim Cramer raised it up to 23,000 on the button, and Craig Mason three-bet it to 65,000 in the small blind. Brandon Cantu folded his big blind, and it was back to Cramer now. He pulled back his original raise, and stacked up a four bet to 130,000. Mason thought for about 30 seconds before shoving, and Cramer snap called.

Cramer: [Qh][Qc]
Mason: [As][10s]

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.

Thu Nguyen Eliminated in 5th Place ($8,230)

Thu Nguyen and Tim Cramer were heads up on a flop of [Qh][7h][6s]. The two players, who were very close in chips, got into a huge altercation that saw all the chips go in, and when the hands were flipped, it was obvious why.

Cramer: [6h][6c]
Nguyen: [7d][6d]

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.

Armen Cadoyan Eliminated in 6th Place ($6,820)

Armen Cadoyan put his tournament on the line with [Qh][Jh], and he was up against the [Ad][6d] of Craig Mason. The flop brought plenty of action, coming down [Ah][9h][8d]. Mason had top pair, but Cadoyan had flush and straight outs now. The [Jd] on the turn gave Cadoyan even more outs, but a third ace came instead, giving Mason the victory.

Updates From the PLO8 Final Table

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.

Le: [7h][5c][4s][3c]
Orlov: [Ad][Kd][10s][5h]

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

Fresh Counts From Our Final Six

Blinds: 4,000-8,000 Average: 427,000

David Pham - 695,000
Brandon Cantu - 680,000
Tim Cramer - 375,000
Craig Mason - 322,000
Thu Nguyen - 275,000
Armen Cadoyan - 115,000

This Year's $5,250 Event Bigger Than Last Year's

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!

Jake Schwartz Eliminated in 7th Place ($5,900)

Action folded to Jake Schwartz in the small blind, and he moved all in. Tim Cramer peeked down at his cards in the big blind, and quickly called to put him at risk.

Schwartz: [As][3c]
Cramer: [Qc][Qh]

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.

Will Failla Eliminated in 8th Place ($5,160)

Will Failla moved his short stack all in preflop, and a few spots over, Armen Cadoyan shoved all in over the top. Failla had [Ah][10s], and he had some catching up to do, as Cadoyan held [Ac][Qh]. The flop of [6s][3s][3d] brought Failla some chop outs, and the [5s] on the turn gave him a flush draw. But Cadoyan paired up on the [Qc] river, giving him the knockout, and sending us to our final seven.

Mason Doubles Through Cramer

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.

Cramer: [Jh][Jc]
Mason: [As][Qc]

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.

Stephen Graner Eliminated in 9th Place ($4,490)

Stephen Graner moved all in from middle position, and two seats over, Thu Nguyen moved all in for just a bit more. Everyone else folded, and the cards were flipped.

Graner: [Kc][Qc]
Nguyen: [Ad][Kh]

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.

Graner and Nguyen Trade Doubles Up

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.

Graner: [Ks][Kc]
Nguyen: [6c][6s]

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.

Some Snapshots From the $5,250 Event

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.

Kevin Song

Niall Farrell

Taylor Paur

Ari Engel

Adam Geyer

Christian Harder

Harry Arutyunyan Eliminated in 10th Place ($3,830)

Harry Arutyunyan and Jake Schwartz tangled in a pot that saw all of Arutyunyan's chips get in the middle preflop. He was holding [9d][9h], while Schwartz had [Ah][Qs]. Arutyunyan faded the flop of [Kd][Jd][4s], but the [Ac] on the turn changed everything. Schwartz made an unnecessary two pair on the river [Qc], and he sends the former WPT Champion to the rail.

Final Table Photos and Stacks From The $100,000 Guaranteed

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

Tim Lyons Busts to Get Us to Ten

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.

Cramer Makes Good Call to Double

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.

Cards in the Air: $5,250 No-Limit Hold'em

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!

Bart Hanson First Out in the PLO8 Event

Bart Hanson started the day as the short stack at the PLO8 final table, and he wasn't able to mount a comeback, as he was the first player to hit the payout desk. He takes home $2,800 for his efforts.

Erich Karle Eliminated in 13th Place ($3,240)

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: [Qs][3s]
Karle: [Ks][10d]

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.

Photos From the PLO8 Final Table

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 1: Bart Hanson - 44,500 (not pictured)

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

Michael Ung and Carol Fuchs Next Out

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.

Interview with Phil Hellmuth, Winner of the $1,100 OE Event

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.

Mike Shariati Busted by David Pham

The third player to bust today is the reigning WPT Player of the Year, Mike Shariati. He was busted by David "The Dragon" Pham, who had pocket queens on the hand. Pham is up to 140,000 after that hand, which leaves us with 15 players.

Two Down Early in the $1,100 Restart

It didn't take long for our two short stacks, Skender Alicka and Tom Brocato, to bust out, leaving us with just 16 players. With one more elimination, everyone left will have $3,240 locked up.

LAPC Event #53 $5,250 No-Limit Hold'em $200,000 Guaranteed

  • 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

Cards in the Air: $570 Escalator Event

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!

LAPC Event #52 $570 No-Limit Hold'em Escalator Event

  • 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

Event 51 $1,100 PLO 8 or Better Day 1 Chip Counts

$1,100 PLO 8 OR BETTER
Entries: 70 Prizepool: $70,0000

Place Last Name First Name City State Chips Table Seat
1 Vinci Paul Whittier CA 248,500 36 2
2 Patterson Tyler Scottsdale AZ 222,500 36 8
3 Kihara Naoya Tokyo Japan 166,500 36 4
4 Le Allan Huntington Beach CA 117,500 36 7
5 Savill Sterling Tampa FL 112,000 36 6
6 Orlov Alexander Russia 83,500 36 3
7 Cowen Rob UK 60,000 36 5
8 Hanon Bart Las Vegas NV 44,500 36 1
1st $24,480
2nd $14,000
3rd $8,580
4th $6,130
5th $4,730
6th $3,680
7th $3,150
8th $2,800
9th $2,400

Event 50 $1,100 No Limit Hold'em $100k Guarantee Chip Counts

Entries: 171 Prizepool: $171,000

Place Last Name First Name City State Chips Table Seat
1 Cantu Brandon Las Vegas  NV 442,500 15 2
2 Arutyunyan Harry Los Angeles CA 301,000 15 6
3 Karle Eich Redondo Beach CA 273,500 22 1
4 Li Hong Los Angeles CA 270,500 15 4
5 Graner Stephen Makawao HI 234,500 22 7
6 Cadoyan Armen Studio City CA 142,000 22 6
7 Failla Will Smithtown NY 127,500 15 9
8 Lyons Tim Anchorage AK 122,500 15 1
9 Ung Michael Montclair CA 85,000 22 4
10 Mason Craig Astoria NY 81,500 15 5
11 Shariati Mike Irvine CA 75,500 22 9
12 Nguyen Thu Fountain Valley CA 71,500 22 2
13 Pham David Westminster CA 71,000 22 5
14 Cramer Tim Huntington Beach CA 69,500 15 3
15 Fuchs Carol Los Angeles CA 69,500 22 8
16 Schwartz Jake Los Angeles CA 68,000 15 7
17 Alicka Skender Hughesville MD 36,000 22 3
18 Brocato Tom Vancouver BC 24,000 15 8
Finish Last First City State Prize
19 Bitton Doron Van Nuys CA $2,180
20 Phan Luan Los Angeles CA $2,180
21 James Mesha Gardena CA $2,180
22 Reilly Timothy Boston MA $1,670

Event 49 $1,100 Omaha 8/Stud 8 or Better Final Results

Entries: 72 Prize Pool: $72,000

Last First City State Prize
1 Hellmuth Phil Palo Alto CA $25,200
2 Matusow Mike Henderson NV $14,400
3 Rechnitzer George Los Angles CA $8,820
4 Douglas James Redondo Beach CA $6,300
5 Fathipour Mo Woodland Hills CA $4,860
6 Ruggieri John San Diego CA $3,780
7 Morozovs Mihails Rtgo Latvia $3,240
8 Hong Eugene Chula Vista CA $2,880
9 Cernuto John Las Vegas NV $2,520

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Congratulations to Phil Hellmuth, Winner of the $1,100 OE Event!

Stud 8 

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!

Hellmuth Cripples Matusow

Stud 8 

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.

Live Stream Between Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matusow

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!

Exact Counts For Hellmuth and Matusow

The two poker legends are taking a short break while we rack their chips and move them to our main table. Phil Hellmuth has extended his lead slightly, holding 798,000 to the 281,000 of Mike Matusow. Play will resume again shortly.

Some Chippies in the $100,000 Guaranteed Event

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

Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matusow Heads Up for the OE Title

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!

Streaming the OE Final Table on Periscope

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.

Player Profile: Jesse Vilchez, Winner of the Million Guaranteed Event

Last night, Jesse Vilchez emerged victorious in the biggest event of the 2017 LAPC so far, the Million Guaranteed Event. Play stopped on Sunday night at around 3:30 AM with ten players left, and they returned yesterday to play to a winner. The final four agreed to an ICM chop that saw Vilchez earn nearly $190,000, by far the biggest live victory of his career.

"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.

Final Four Chip Counts on Break of the OE

Limits: 15,000-30,000

Phil Hellmuth - 515,000
Mike Matusow - 375,000
George Rechnitzer - 100,000
James Douglas - 50,000

Mo Fathipour Eliminated in 5th Place ($4,860)

Mo Fathipour just saw his tournament come to an end at the hands of Phil Hellmuth in a Stud 8 hand. Right now, Hellmuth and his good friend Mike Matusow are one two in chips, and look like they could be on a collision course for what would be a highly entertaining heads up match!

Steve Silverstein Wins the Senior Championship After a Four Way Chop

The final four players agreed to split the remaining prizepool evenly, with chip leader Steve Silverstein earning just a little more so that he can be declared the outright winner. Ken Aldridge, Chris Westergard, and Franklin Margolls will all take home $13,860, while Silverstein will earn $14,000 and the Remington Trophy.

Congratulations to all four players!

John Ruggieri Out in Sixth Place in the OE

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.

By the Numbers: $100,000 Guaranteed Event

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!

1. $44,960
2. $29,740
3. $17,540
4. $10,670
5. $8,230
6. $6,820
7. $5,900
8. $5,160
9. $4,490
10-12. $3,830
13-15. $3,240
16-18. $2,690
19-21. $2,180
22. $1,670

Sean Rice Eliminated in 5th Place ($8,325)

Sean Rice took a tough beat that saw him lose most of his chips to Ken Aldridge. Aldridge moved all in holding [Ac][7s], and Rice put him at risk in the big blind with Ace-Jack. The flop would bring two clubs, and the turn and river would also bring clubs to give Aldridge a flush.

That left Rice with less than ten bigs, and he would bust not long after that.

What's Coming Up: The $5,250 No-Limit Hold'em Event

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.

Fresh Counts From the OE Event

Limits: 8,000-16,000 Average: 180,000

Phil Hellmuth - 405,000
Mike Matusow - 175,000
James Douglas - 165,000
George Rechnitzer - 130,000
John Ruggieri - 80,000
Mo Fathipour - 65,000

Rayna David Eliminated in 6th Place ($7,825)

Rayna David is the next causality from the Senior's Championship final table. She took home just under $8,000 for her efforts. Chris Westergard is the chip leader at the moment, while Ken Aldridge is the short stack now after he just doubled up Franklin Margolls.