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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Some Notable Counts From Flight 1B

Blinds: 300-600 Average: 23,000 Players Left: 81

Erich Karle - 36,000
Cord Garcia - 25,000
Andreas Dassopoulos - 21,000
Michael Ung - 17,000
Peter Hengsakul - 12,500
Aaron Kweskin - 12,000

Just Five Tables Left in the HORSE Event

Blinds: 1,000-2,000 Limits: 2,000-4,000 Players Left: 40

Craig Chait - 82,000
Lynda Tran - 48,000
Dan Heimiller - 42,000
Frankie O'Dell - 40,000
Tony Ma - 36,000
Ylon Schwartz - 31,000
Hermilo Vargas - 28,000
Lawrence Ma - 26,000

By the Numbers: Flight 1B of Event #16

The second flight of the $300,000 Guaranteed drew 189 players, slightly more than yesterday's opening flight. The top 15 players will be moving on to Sunday's finals, while the rest of the players in the money tonight will have to settle for $550.

Your next shots at qualifying for this event will be tomorrow at 1 and 5 PM!

1-15. Day 2
16-24. $550

Player Profile: James Athanas, Winner of the $350 Limit Hold'em Event

Don't call it a comeback.

James Athanas's first career tournament cash was logged in 1985. From that point until 2009, Athanas amassed over $600,000 in tournament earnings, including a bracelet in 2000 in a Pot-Limit Hold'em Event and a second place in another bracelet event. And then, after the 2009 LA Poker Classic, Athanas disappeared from the poker world.

"I almost went bankrupt because of the real estate business . I had to focus on that and not poker."

Athanas hadn't played another poker tournament since 2009...until yesterday, when he registered for the $350 Limit Hold'em Event. Athanas battled it out with a field of 100 players, and emerged victorious, taking over $9,100 in his triumphant return to poker. When asked why he chose this event to make his return, Athanas offered up a simple answer.

"I've been playing a lot of limit cash games recently and it's kind of become my forte. So I just decided to come in and take a shot."

Athanas had a tough final table to deal with. Seasoned veteran Al Barbieri made it to the end before bowing out in fifth place, and Tommy San, who finished runner-up, has over $500,000 in tournament earnings. Athanas said that despite the experienced final table, he just wanted to keep playing his game throughout.

"I think we decided when we were four handed that no one really wanted to chop. Once we decided to play to win all of my focus was on that. I thought it would get to me and Tommy in the end he's a good player. He got a couple bad breaks against me. I got a couple bad beats again him."

Despite the incredible return to the tournament scene, it appears as though this will be a one time thing more than a change to full tournament play again.

"Even with this result I'm not really too focused on tournaments at this point. I've got lots of personal stuff going on."

Regardless, it is an incredible story, and we want to congratulate James Athanas on his incredible accomplishment. Stay tuned to find out who takes the next Remington Trophy tomorrow in the $350 HORSE Event!

What's Coming Up: Friday, January 27th

Tomorrow we shift all of our focus to the $300,000 Guaranteed Event. We will be having two flights tomorrow, starting at 1 and 5 PM, with a buy-in of $350. Registration will be open through the end of the first break, and the top 8% will be moving on to the finals on Sunday.

By the Numbers: $350 HORSE Event

Today's HORSE Event drew a total of 146 players, creating a prizepool of $43,800. The final 18 players will finish in the money tonight, and the first place prize will be worth $12,655. The full breakdown of the payouts can be viewed below. Stay tuned for some chip counts from this event later tonight. Good luck players!

1. $12,665
2. $7,570
3. $4,410
4. $2,665
5. $2,045
6. $1,700
7. $1,480
8. $1,335
9. $1,180
10-12. $1,030
13-15. $900
16-18. $770

A Few Photos From Flight 1B

The second flight of the $300,000 Guaranteed Event has drawn just under 150 players, and you can see a few of those below. We have a pair of WSOP bracelet winners in the field today: Cord Garcia and Safiya Umerova. We also spotted Andreas Dassopoulos, who just a few days ago took down the $250,000 Guaranteed Event, taking home over $62,000.

Andreas Dassopoulos

Brian Gorman

Eugene Tito

Safiya Umerova

Cord Garcia

Tommy San Eliminated in 2nd Place ($5,630), James Athanas is the Champion!

James Athanas, Event #15 Winner! 

Tommy San was short again when he almost got all his chips in on a [6d][5d][2c] flop. James Athanas called him, and the rest of it went in on the [6c] turn. San had [9d][7d] for a big draw, while Athanas had [8h][5h] for two pair. The [4c] on the river was a brick for San, and Athanas took down the final pot of the event.

San takes home $5,630 for his efforts, but the night belongs to Athanas, who scores $9,120 for his efforts. This is his first tournament cash since 2009. Congratulations to James Athanas on his big victory!

San Doubles on First Hand of Heads Up

After a flop of [8d][4d][4c], Tommy San led out. James Athanas called, and the [Js] hit the turn. San bet again, and Athanas announced raise. San had just a few chips more, and he quickly committed them. 

San: [6h][4s] 
Athanas: [Qs][Jh]

The [Kh] on the river made San do a double take, as at first he thought it was a jack. San doubled up, but on the next hand, he would lose most of it back, leaving himself with about 150,000 again. 

Carlos Rodriguez Eliminated in 3rd Place ($3,450)

Carlos Rodriguez was crippled in a hand where he missed an open ended straight draw with two over cards, and he was all in on the next hand. Both opponents called, and the flop came down [Kc][10h][8h]. James Athanas check called a bet from San, and both players would check as the board finished out [2h] and [6h].

Rodriguez showed [As][Jh] for a rivered flush, but it was no good, as Athanas had [Qh][Js] for a better flush. San could only bemoan his bad luck, as he flashed [10s][10d] for a set that was no good.

This get us to heads up play. James Athanas has 800,000, while Tommy San is left with just 200,000.

Tommy San Crippled, Then Triple Up

Tommy San lost a big pot when James Athanas rivered a pair of nines on him, dropping him down to just 40,000 in chips. San would double up on the next hand, and he just spiked a river of his own to score a triple up, vaulting him back up to 130,000. Carlos Rodriguez has just a few chips more, while Athanas is patiently waiting out the two small stacks.

Slow Going Three Handed

There hasn't been much to report in the Limit Hold'em Final Table. James Athanas still holds a big lead with around 600,000, while Tommy San and Carlos Rodriguez seem to be trading chips back and forth. The limits just went up to 25,000-50,000, so we should see a bustout fairly soon.

Tom Oliver Eliminated in 4th Place ($2,250)

Tom Oliver had just been crippled on the previous hand when he moved all in preflop. He was called by Tommy San and Carlos Rodriguez. The flop of [7d][5c][3s] saw San fire out a bet. Rodriguez called, and both players checked the [Jd] turn. The river was the [3d], and San fired again.

Rodriguez thought for a bit before folding, and San flipped over [Ks][3c] for rivered trips. Oliver mucked his hand, and San scoops the pot.

San and Rodrigez both have about 200,000 in chips, while James Athanas has taken a big lead with 600,000.

Cards in the Air: $300,000 Guaranteed Flight 1B

The second flight of the $300,000 Guaranteed Event has just kicked off here at the Commerce Casino! Yesterday saw Richard Mestas finish at the top of the opening flight with 327,000 in chips. Keith Kozar and Jarod Einsohn also qualified, while Brian Gorman bubbled the Day 2 mark.

Registration for today's flight will be open until 7:15 PM tonight, and the final 8% of players will be moving on to the finals. Good luck everyone!

Tommy San Double Again

James Athanas and Tommy San see a flop of [Js][8h][6s]. Athanas checked to San, who fired out. Athanas check raised, and San quickly three-bet it. Athanas called, and the [5h] came on the turn. He checked to San, who bet out his final 30,000 chips,. Athanas called, and saw he was in trouble.

San: [Qd][Qs]
Athanas: [6h][4d]

The [10c] on the river kept San in the lead, who said "Staying alive boys," as he stacked his new chips.

Tommy san - 180,000
James Athanas - 125,000

Updated Limit Hold'em Counts on Break

Limits: 15,000-30,000

Tom Oliver - 350,000
Carlos Rodriguez - 270,000
James Athanas - 180,000
Tommy San - 160,000

Tommy San Survives His All In

Tommy San was the chip leader coming into this final table, but a string of hands quickly saw him tumble to the short stack. After James Athanas raised, San reraised. Carlos Rodriguez called, as did Athanas, and the flop came down [10d][9s][2h]. San fired out, leaving just 2,000 behind. Both players called, and San tossed the final 2,000 in blind. The [8s] came, his all in was called, and both players checked the [2d] river.

San showed [Kc][10c], and that bested both his opponents, giving San a much needed pot.

Tommy San - 150,000

Some Snapshots from the HORSE Event

Below you will see a few of the players who are competing in the $350 HORSE Event today. Craig Carrillo is back fresh off a runner up finish in yesterday's Pot-Limit Omaha 8-or-Better event. We also spotted actor turned part time poker player Bill Fagerbakke, and lastly, the only player to win a tournament in all four Commerce Series's, Brian Brubaker is here making his 2017 LAPC debut.

Frankie O'Dell

Craig Carrillo

Bill Fagerbakke

Alexi Dimitrov

Brian Brubaker

Fresh Counts From the Final Four

Limits: 8,000-16,000

James Athanas - 430,000
Tommy San - 250,000
Tom Oliver - 170,000
Carlos Rodriguez - 140,000

Al Barbieri Eliminated in 5th Place ($1,760)

Tommy San raised under the gun, and Al Barbieri defended his big blind. The flop came down [Qd][Js][6c], and Barbieri led out for about half his stack. San raised, and the two figured out the total for the all in.

Barbieri: [Qh][9d]
San: [Jh][Jc]

Barbieri was left all but dead, but he did catch the [9h] on the turn. Proving poker is never that easy, the river was a face card, but it was the [Kh]. This hand keeps San in the lead, while getting us down to just four players.

Matthew Singer Eliminated in 6th Place ($1,400)

A few hands later, Tom Oliver raised under the gun, and Matthew Singer, who already had most of his chips in the big blind, called off the rest of his short stack.

Oliver: [Qc][Qs]
Singer: [7c][5c]

Singer let out a chuckle when he saw the hands, and it was all over when the flop came down [Qh][Js][2h]. This left Singer drawing dead, while Oliver scoops another pot to climb into second place.

Cindy Dang Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,190)

Cindy Dang raised preflop, and she got called by Matthew Singer and Tom Oliver. The flop came down [Jh][5d][4d], and it checked to Dang, who bet almost enough to go all in. Singer raised, and Oliver reraised. Dang committed her stack, and Singer capped it. Oliver called, and the [7d] hit the turn.

Singer quickly bet out, and Oliver thought for a while before calling. The [3s] completed the board, Singer bet one more time, and Olivier called.

Singer showed [Kh][Js], but it was no good, as Oliver showed [7s][6s] for a rivered straight. Dang flashed two red 10's before mucking her hand, and heading to the payout desk.

This gets us down to six, while Singer is also crippled on the hand.

Tom Oliver - 160,000
Matthew Singer - 12,000
Cindy Dang - Out

Over 100 Entries into the HORSE Event

The $350 HORSE event is always a popular one here at the LAPC, and today's installment is no different. We have 110 players entered at the moment, with registration open for another three hours. This is a two day event, with the final table starting up at 2 PM tomorrow.

Come join us!

Cesar Garcia Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,040)

Cesar Garcia was able to string a couple of double ups together, but his comeback was short lived. Garcia fired out on the turn of a board showing [Jd][10s][2h][7h], and Tom Oliver called. The [Kh] completed the board, and Garcia tossed in his last 3,000

Miller sighed before calling, but Garcia only had [Qc][8c]. Oliver showed [Ac][10c] for a winning pair of tens, and after that hand, we are down to just seven players.

Marwan Abdel Eliminated in 9th Place ($920)

Marwan Abdel came into the day with just 4,000 in chips, and he was all in preflop on the second hand. He got two callers, and the board came down ace high with a queen. Tommy San had Queen-Ten, and that was the best hand, knocking Abdel out in ninth place.

Final Table Photos in the Limit Hold'em Event

Seat 1: Al Barbieri - 153,000

Seat 2: Cindy Dang - 78,000

Seat 3: Tommy San - 173,000 (not pictured)

Seat 4: Carlos Rodriguez - 162,000

Seat 5: Matthew Singer - 118,000
Seat 6: Marwan Abdel - 4,000 

Seat 7: Cesar Garcia - 13,000

Seat 8: Tom Oliver - 167,000

Seat 9: James Athanas - 132,000

LAPC Event #16: $300,000 Guaranteed Flight 1B

  • LAPC Event #16 Flight 1B
  • $300,000 Guaranteed
  • 1/26/17 - 5pm 
  • $350 Buy-in
  • 10,000 Starting Stack 
  • All Day 1 Levels 30 Minutes
  • Day 2 Levels 40 Minutes Until Final Table
  • Final Table Levels 60 Minutes
  • Late Register until 7:15pm 
  • One Re-Entry Allowed Per Flight
  • Two Day Event
  • Day 2 Sunday Jan 29th at 1 PM 

Cards in the Air: $350 HORSE Event

It's time to play a bunch of Mixed Games in one tournament, as the $350 HORSE Event has just kicked off. Today, players will be playing Limit Hold'em, Omaha 8-or-Better, Razz, Stud, and Stud 8-or-Better. Players will start with 10,000 in chips, and registration will remain open until 5:30 PM.

This is a two day event, with the final table kicking off tomorrow at 2 PM. Good luck players!

LAPC Event #17: $350 HORSE

  • LAPC Event #17 
  • 1/26/17 - 1pm 
  • $350 Buy-in
  • 10,000 Starting Stack 
  • Levels 1-8 30 Minutes
  • Levels 9-Final Table - 40 Minutes
  • Final Table Levels 60 Minutes
  • Late Register until 5:30pm 
  • Re-Entry Allowed 
  • Two Day Event
  • Day 2 Friday Jan 27th at 2 PM 

Event #16A Results and Chip Counts

$300,000 GUARANTEE
1/25/17 5:00pm
Entries: 176
Place Last Name First Name City State Chips
1 Mestas Richard San Fernando CA 327,000
2 Gale Lee West Covina  CA 220,000
3 Millar Susan Costa Mesa CA 163,500
4 Kozar Keith Hollywood CA 157,000
5 Zanot Thomas Phoenix AZ 138,500
6 Brock Dylan Huntington Beach CA 135,500
7 Einsohn Jarod Plano TX 126,500
8 Hai Cheng Temple City CA 116,500
9 Johnson Ryan Phoenix AZ 82,500
10 Rosso Vincenk Yorba Linda CA 77,000
11 Markley Graham Los Angeles CA 71,000
12 Martin John Pasadena CA 63,500
13 Mayekar Sanjay Los Angeles CA 45,000
14 Sellz Howard Calabasas CA 35,500
Finish Last First City State Prize
15 Gorman Brian Venice CA $550
16 Rosenbloom David Los Angeles CA $550
17 Oconnor Clifford Westminster CA $550
18 Prinz Robert Los Angeles CA $550
19 Yousefian Shayan Los Angeles CA $550
20 Phan Devin Santa Ana CA $550
21 Simityan Pogos Glendale CA $550
22 Coburn Jeffrey Chino Hills CA $550
Day 2 returns Sunday at 1pm

LAPC Event #15 $350 Limit Hold'em Day 1 Results and Chip Counts

Entries: 100 Prizepool: $30,000
Place Last Name First Name City State Chips Table Seat
1 San  Tommy El Monte CA 173,000 50 3
2 Oliver Tom Fountain Valley CA 167,000 50 8
3 Rodriguez Carlos Paramount CA 162,000 50 4
4 Barbieri Al Long Beach CA 153,000 50 1
5 Athanas James Corona CA 132,000 50 9
6 Singer Matthew Santa Monica CA 118,000 50 5
7 Dang Cindy Whittier CA 78,000 50 2
8 Garcia Cesar Whittier CA 13,000 50 7
9 Abdel Marwan Las Vegas NV 4,000 50 6
Finish Last First City State Prize
10 Brandon Brian Pico Rivera CA $830
11 Fuchs Carol Los Angeles CA $830
12 Fauceglia Mario Glendale CA $830
13 Chi Eric San Gabriel CA $750