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Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Bubble has Burst!

After a few hands of hand-for-hand play, we lost a player when his Ace-King couldn't catch up to his opponent's pocket jacks. That leaves the remaining 34 players at least $1,000 richer. They will be playing four more levels tonight before the night wraps up.

Stay tuned for a full list of chip counts at the end of the night, and be sure to come back tomorrow for all of your updates, including live eliminations from the final table!

The Money Bubble Looms in Event #2

We are down to just 40 players in today's $150,000 Guaranteed Event, but only 34 of them will be making the money tonight. The blinds are 1,000-2,000 right now, and with an average stack of 84,000, it looks like it will still be a while before the bubble bursts. We are playing until Level 20 tonight before players bag, tag, and get some sleep before the 1 PM restart tomorrow afternoon.

OVERLAY ALERT in the $1,100 Main Event Satellite

We are looking at a potential second overlay here today, as we only have 13 players registered in the $1,100 Main Event Satellite. We are guaranteeing two $10,000 seats, meaning we need to get seven more players to dodge that overlay. Registration is open for 30 minutes longer, so you still have time to come on up to the tournament room and take a shot at turning $1,100 to $1 million in a few weeks!

Some Chip Counts From the $150,000 Guaranteed Event

Blinds: 600-1,200 Average: 53,000

Victor Kruglov - 95,000
Duoy Duong - 68,000
Ylon Schwartz - 60,000
Andy Stracuzzi - 49,000
Adam Levy - 41,000
Sean Yu - 32,000
Phong "Turbo" Nguyen  - 17,000

What's Coming Up: Sunday, January 15th

The first Sunday of the 2017 LAPC will feature a regular tournament here at the Commerce Casino, a $350 buy-in $100,000 Guaranteed bounty event. For every player you knock out, one of the floor people will immediately hand you a $100 chip. Registration for this event will be open until 4:30 PM, and everyone will be allowed one re-entry. This is a one day event with 30-minute levels throughout.

In addition to this event, we will also have the Day 2 restart of today's $150,000 Guaranteed Event starting up at 1 PM. It should be a fun day, so don't miss out on the action!

Cards in the Air: $1,100 Main Event Satellite

Every Saturday night for the next few weeks, we will be running $1,100 Main Event Satellites for the $10,000 buy-in Event at the end of the series. These satellites will be guaranteeing at least two seats to that prestigious event, and the first of those satellites just kicked off. Players will start with 10,000 in chips, and registration and re-entry will be available until 9:15 PM tonight.

Click here for a full structure, and make sure you don't miss out on this chance to get a discounted seat to our illustrious WPT Main Event!

By the Numbers: $150,000 Guaranteed Event

The second event of the LA Poker Classic drew a total of 269 players, missing the posted guaranteed by $15,500. The Commerce Casino will be kicking in that extra money to cover the prizepool. The final 34 players will be making the money tonight, all of them earning at least $1,030. The first place finisher will earn $33,850, and take home the second Remington of the series. Check out the full payouts below, and stay tuned for some notable chip stacks later on in the evening.

1. $33,850
2. $23,840
3. $15,330
4. $9,350
5. $7,220
6. $5,990
7. $5,030
8. $4,200
9. $3,390
10-12. $2,850
13-15. $2,440
16-18. $2,040
19-21. $1,690
22-24. $1,350
25-27. $1,160
28-34. $1,030

Interview with Event #1 Winner Jeffery "Lee" Peterson



We had a chance to catch up with the winner of our first event here at the LAPC, Jeffery "Lee" Peterson. Peterson played regularly in LA before taking a lengthy break from 2010-2015. He came back to the LAPC last year, before taking another break for this event.

"I played last year's tournaments won my way into the $10k Main Event that was the last I played. I got burned out so I came back to this event just for a quick tune up. And yeah, I think I played it right."

Play it right he did. Peterson was able to outlast over 1,000 players to take down this opening title. The tournament incorporated a fast structure with 20 minute levels yesterday, so Peterson knew he would have to play well and minimize his mistakes to go deep.

"For me because it was a tune up event I was trying to make minimal mistakes. I know there are alot of hands where people throw hands away where they say why did I do that. For me, there were two hands where I thought why did I give all those chips away. I took a few beats where I was right, but I just held my head up high and moved on."

Peterson was on the right side of a big mistake from one of his opponents with two tables left. In a battle of the blinds, Peterson held [Kd][6d], and smashed the flop of [10x][6x][6x]. According to Peterson, there was a big bet on the flop, and after Peterson shoved the turn, his opponent snap called. Fearing the worst, he was relieved to see his opponent show...8-7 off. His opponent said he thought he had a six, and Peterson held to take a big lead going into the final table.

After just one elimination, the final nine agreed to do a chip chop that saw Peterson take home $16,995. This marks the third biggest cash of his career, and the biggest for him since 2010. Peterson is a part time player, but he said that this win ensures that he will be playing a few more events here this series.

"I'm a business owner I play for entertainment. I've played a lot of LAPC's in the past I will definitely play a few more events this year."

Congratulations again to Jeffery "Lee Peterson on his big victory. Will you be the next Remington winner to be featured here on the blog? Come down and give it a shot!

The Final Nine Agree to a Chop: Jeffery "Lee" Peterson is the Winner!

The final nine players took a look at the chip counts, and after a few minutes of convincing a couple of players, a deal was struck. Jeffery "Lee" Peterson was the chip leader at the time, and he will be taking home just under $17,000 for his efforts. Check below for a full breakdown of the chop, and stay tuned for an interview with Jeff coming up shortly.

1. Jeffery "Lee" Peterson - $16,995
2. Isack Cohen - $13,760
3. Daniel Treptow - $11,945
4. Azad Arazm - $11,480
5. Russell Krause - $10,045
6. Alex Sanney - $9,640
7. Usmaan Mela - $6,985
8. Hee Lee - $5,800
9. John Rosario - $5,270

Kimya Williams Eliminated in 10th Place ($2,130)


Pocket fives were not kind to Kimya Williams at this final table. First he lost a hand to Hee Lee, and then he busted to Azad Arazm.  William would shove with [5h][5s] on the button, and Azad Arazm called in the big blind with [As][8c].

The flop of [Qh][7c][2h] kept Williams out in front, but the [8s] on the turn flipped things. Williams could only survive with a five now, but the [Qs] completed the board, giving Arazm the pot, and getting us down to nine.

Azad Arazm - 1,425,000
Kimya Williams - OUT

Daniel Treptow Triples Up

On the very next hand, Daniel Treptow would get his final 200,000 in holding pocket jacks. He would get two callers, and the jacks would hold on the runout of [Kc][Qh][2d][Qs][10s], as his opponents had pocket threes and Ace-Ten.

Daniel Treptow - 680,000

John Rosario Doubles Up Through Daniel Treptow

In a battle of the blinds, Daniel Treptow moves all in from the small blind, having John Rosario covers. Rosario calls with [Ac][Jc], and he is in great shape against the [Ad][9s] of Treptow. The board runs down [Ah][Kc][5c][6h][4c], and Rosario picks up an unnecessary flush on the river to double his short stack.

John Rosario - 450,000
Daniel Treptow - 200,000

Hee Lee Doubles Through Kimya Williams

On the first hand of the final table, Hee Lee got her short stack in holding [Ad][10d], and she was flipping against the [5s][5h] of Kimya Williams. Lee shot out to the lead on the flop of [As][8c][3d], and the board finished out [2h] and [6c], giving Lee the double up.

Hee Lee - 550,000
Kimya Williams - 500,000

Event #1 Final Table Photos and Chip Counts


Seat 1: Alex Sanney - 1.2 million

Seat 2: Usmaan Mela - 760,000 (not pictured)

Seat 3: Hee Lee - 280,000

Seat 4: Isack Cohen - 1.5 million

Seat 5: Jeff Peterson - 2.3 million (chip leader)

Seat 6: Daniel Treptow - 700,000

Seat 7: John Rosario - 250,000 (short stack) 

Seat 8: Kimya Williams - 740,000 

Seat 9: Russell Krause - 1.4 million

Seat 10: Azad Arazm - 1.63 million

More Photos From Event #2

We spotted a few more local regulars here in the $150,000 Guaranteed Event. Thu Nguyen is hoping to get another Remington for his collection after winning the $570 heads-up event last year. We also found Adam Weinraub, who took down the Playboy Event here a couple of years ago for over $100,000. Check out those photos, and a few more below, and remember that we are still looking at an overlay of about $20,000 in this event!

Thu Nguyen

Kevin Gimble

Adam Weinraub

Duy Duong

Hollywood Stars @kirkacevedo and @RealJamesWoods Are Here!

James Woods is a regular here at the Commerce Casino, even winning a Remington at last year's LA Poker Classic. Well he is back here today looking to add to his trophy collection in the $150,000 Guaranteed Event. We also spotted Kirk Acevedo, known for his work in Oz, The Walking Dead, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Check out their photos below, along with a few other regulars here at Commerce.

James Woods 
Kirk Acevedo

Rick Castro

Ben Chung

Victor Kruglov



Event #2 up to 200 Players

The second event of the 2017 LAPC is up to 200 players exactly, meaning we have $100,000 in the prizepool. We still need 100 more players to come out by 4 PM, so we could be looking at our first overlay of the series. Come on down and join us for a shot at some free money!

Quickly Down to the Final 50 in Event #1

We have quickly lost nearly have half of the returning field in this opening event, as just 50 of the returning 80 players are still alive. We also have the $570 buy-in $150,000 Guaranteed Event running right now as well, with registration open until 4 PM.

The Big Stacks to Start Day 2 of Event #1



Azad Arazm - 403,000

Robert Ewing - 389,000

Nick Beauchamp - 373,000

Juan Solis - 339,000

Rafael Lopez - 328,000

Cards in the Air: Day 2 of the $100,000 Guaranteed Opening Event

Yesterday saw a field of over 1,000 whittled down to just the final 80 players. Those players have come back to the Commerce Casino this afternoon, and in a few short hours, we will know who the first Remington winner of 2017 will be. The player in the poll position right now is Azad Arazm with 403,000 in chips.

All levels today will be 30 minutes long, and we will play down to a winner. That winner will take home the trophy, along with a first place prize of $27,390. We will be here until the end for all of your updates, so don't go anywhere!

Cards in the Air: Event #2 $150,000 Guaranteed

We got off to a great start last night in the 2017 LAPC, with over 1,000 players showing up for the opening event of the series. We continue the big guarantees today with the $570 buy-in $150,000 Guaranteed Event. Registration for this tournament will be open until 4 PM today, and all players will be allowed to re-enter once in that time frame. This is a two day event, with the finals starting up at 1 PM tomorrow.

We also have the finals of the $100,000 Guaranteed Event starting up in an hour. It will be an action packed day of poker here at the Commerce Casino, so don't go anywhere!

LAPC Event #2: $150,000 Guaranteed

  • LAPC Event #2 
  • $150,000 Guaranteed
  • 1/14/17 - 12pm 
  • $570 Buy-in
  • 12,500 Starting Stack 
  • Levels 1-7 30 Minutes 
  • Levels 8-Final Table 40 Minutes
  • Final Table Levels 60 Minutes
  • Late Register until 4:00pm 
  • One Re-Entry Allowed
  • Two Day Event
  • Day 2 Sunday Jan 15th at 1 PM 

LAPC Event #1 $175 No Limit Hold'em $100k Guarantee Results and Chip Counts

Play came to a stop after Level 21 with 80 players of the original 1079 remaining. They'll return at 1pm and play until a winner who will receive over $27,000, and the first Remington of the 2017 LAPC. Here's a list of the remaining players and their chip counts, as well as the payout results.


LAPC EVENT #1
$175 NO LIMIT HOLD'EM KICKOFF EVENT
$100,000 GUARANTEE
Entries: 1079 Prizepool: $161,850
Place Last Name First Name City State Chips Table Table
1 Arazm Azad Woodland Hills CA 403,000 39 3
2 Ewing Robert Colton CA 389,000 38 1
3 Beauchamp Nick Hacienda Heights CA 373,000 37 5
4 Solis Juan Santa Clarita CA 339,000 38 2
5 Lopez Rafael Chino CA 328,000 36 9
6 Rasmossen Eric Sherman Oaks CA 272,000 43 2
7 Liu Yong Arcadia CA 268,000 43 5
8 Tran Phuong Monterey Park CA 242,000 45 9
9 Jackson Robin Laguna Niguel CA 242,000 46 7
10 Fike Dustin Eastvale CA 242,000 40 9
11 Darrett Cedric Beverly Hills CA 236,000 37 1
12 Frazier Henry Hayward CA 235,000 46 3
13 Treptow Daniel Thousand Oads CA 234,000 36 2
14 Rice Kevin New York NY 233,000 39 4
15 Peterson Jeffery Corona CA 228,000 43 8
16 Carl  David Glendale CA 221,000 43 1
17 Mela Usmaan Irvine CA 210,000 36 8
18 Marrow Dan Northridge CA 204,000 45 8
19 Fiss Albert Van Nuys CA 177,000 46 4
20 Thomas John Santa Clarita CA 171,000 37 3
21 Saxe Ron Burbank CA 166,000 38 5
22 Lin Thu Naing Monrovia CA 163,000 40 7
23 Kazezian Vartan Pasadena CA 161,000 38 6
24 Krause Russ Whittier CA 155,000 37 2
25 Cheng Jeremy Vancouver Canada 153,000 40 3
26 Polodian Sevag Reseda CA 150,000 36 4
27 Naope Kynyada Winnetka CA 150,000 44 7
28 Sanchez Greg Los Angeles CA 149,000 39 6
29 Sartazian Hagop Westlake Villiage CA 148,000 38 4
30 Lee Hee Los Angeles CA 144,000 44 8
31 Montemayor Christina Houston TX 144,000 45 1
32 Benohod Anas North Hollywood CA 142,000 45 7
33 Zapata Juventino Montebello CA 141,000 40 1
34 Rosario John Lancaster CA 140,000 37 7
35 Lui Rachel Fullerton CA 139,000 36 3
36 Sanney Alex San Diego CA 132,000 40 4
37 Yoo Tai Chino Hills CA 128,000 45 3
38 Adams Andre La Mirada CA 127,000 38 7
39 Vollerthum Evan West Hills CA 126,000 43 6
40 Babahekian Laurence Long Beach CA 122,000 45 2
41 Blakey Kevin Claremont CA 120,000 45 6
42 Henry Dawn Glendale CA 112,000 37 9
43 Hopkins Joshua Los Angeles CA 109,000 43 4
44 Meng Tam Chi Moreno Valley CA 101,000 37 4
45 Melgar Rudy Southgate CA 101,000 38 9
46 Roguel Mark Chula Vista CA 96,000 39 9
47 Myers Alex Downey CA 96,000 44 1
48 Ogeare Seymour Kingston Jamaica 92,000 40 5
49 Williams Darrell Los Angeles CA 90,000 44 4
50 Wickham Jeffery Riverside CA 89,000 43 9
51 Sabag Marcel Tarzana CA 80,000 38 8
52 Gislen Jon-Michael Corona Del Mar CA 77,000 46 5
53 Hollomon  Bart Los Alimitos CA 76,000 39 7
54 Enlow Walter Corona CA 76,000 37 8
55 Thomson Yvonne Culver City CA 75,000 44 6
56 Shalom Einav Los Angeles CA 72,000 39 8
57 Campos Lazaro Los Angeles CA 72,000 40 8
58 Cohen Isack West Hills CA 72,000 40 6
59 Jaime Ricardo Monterey Park CA 70,000 40 2
60 Aboul Hosn Nader Santa Clarita CA 70,000 39 5
61 Born Brian Northridge CA 68,000 37 6
62 Velasquez Carlos Los Angeles CA 66,000 38 3
63 Emling Michael Glendale CA 66,000 43 3
64 Sassanian Steven Woodhills CA 58,000 45 5
65 Pogoda Mitchell Seal Beach CA 58,000 46 1
66 Chau Raymond Pasadena CA 58,000 44 2
67 Cahill Michael West Hollywood CA 54,000 46 8
68 Olivares Javier Camarillo CA 54,000 44 9
69 Oliver Joel Mission Valley CA 52,000 45 4
70 Leinik Wan Sylmor CA 52,000 39 1
71 Martinez Michael Santa Clarita CA 51,000 36 5
72 Gonzalez Albert Los Angeles CA 46,000 46 6
73 Young Nathan Irvine CA 44,000 36 1
74 Tran Tran Anh Westmister CA 36,000 36 7
75 Pourhabib Masoud Los Angeles CA 32,000 44 3
76 Miller Cameron Hesperia CA 29,000 44 5
77 Alvarado Cesar Los Angeles CA 27,000 39 2
78 Thomas Amber Los Angeles CA 20,000 46 2
79 Buckholtz Ryan Los Angeles CA 9,000 43 7
80 Trinidad Andres Whittier CA 1 36 6
Finish Last First City State Prize
81 Arutyunyan Arutyun Glendale CA $420
82 Thurber Laurette Murrieta CA $390
83 Preston Scott Playa Del Rey CA $390
84 Newtson Timothy Fullerton CA $390
85 Hooshmand Ahmad Simi Valley CA $390
86 Hodeda Isaac Sherman Oaks CA $390
87 Saleba Wioletta Los Angeles CA $390
88 Caruso Stephen Las Vegas NV $390
89 Asar Ali Corona CA $390
90 Abkarian Michael Pasadena CA $390
91 Kim John Mt Arlington NJ $360
92 Peterson Derald Los Angeles CA $360
93 Saleba Paul Los Angeles CA $360
94 Lazarun Randy Corona CA $360
95 Jun Mark Pasadena CA $360
96 Diep Wayne West Covina CA $360
97 Capener Michael Grand Forks ND $360
98 Jones Mona Upland CA $360
99 Kanafani Tarik Los Angeles CA $360
100 Quercio Anthony Victorville CA $330
101 Baltazar Francisco Sanpedro CA $330
102 Stanczak Timothy Carlsbad CA $330
103 Arnaldes Eli Chatsworth CA $330
104 Fisher Kiambu Van Nuys CA $330
105 Kitagawa Evan N Hollywood CA $330
106 Jakyma Timothy Bakersfield CA $330
107 Gonzalez Raul Ontario CA $330
108 Mutashobya George Dallas TX $330
109 Huang Chunchieh Rowland Heights CA $300
110 Pu James Baldwin Park CA $300
111 Kim Anthony Irvine CA $300
112 Mcavoy John Tempe AZ $300
113 Herrick Zachary Chino Hills CA $300
114 Castro Richard Chino Hills CA $300
115 Celestino Roy Santa Ana CA $300
116 Hong Sydney Santa Ana CA $300
117 Halfon Mark Thousand Oaks CA $300
118 Badakhasian Andrew Torrance CA $270
119 Kim Luke Norwalk CA $270
120 Wang Qing Flushing NY $270
121 Connell David Upland CA $270
122 Santillan Gonsalo Fontana CA $270
123 Collantes Katherine N Hollywood CA $270
124 Kovacs Gyorgy Placentia CA $270
125 Jones Casey Hesperia CA $270
126 Lahouti Allen Reseda CA $270
127 Almazan Adrian Los Angeles CA $230
128 Ramirez Tommy Rancho Cucamonga CA $230
129 Homsi Al Northridge CA $230
130 Khachodour Leon Santa Barbara CA $230
131 Galer Steve Albany OR $230
132 Samson Wesley Chula Vista CA $230
133 Martin Hector Merced CA $230
134 Crosswell Ronald Hanford CA $230
135 Khoigani Vanik Glendale CA $230
Day 2 returns Saturday 1/14 at 1:00pm