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Monday, January 30, 2017

Just Two Shootout Tables Left

Only two of the starting 11 shootout tables are still playing, and both are currently heads-up. Tommy San is one of those players, and he is hoping to make his second final table of the series.

Among the players who have already qualified for the finals are Kyung Min Lee, John Hullett, Shan Jing, Thu Nguyen, Vinny Vinh, and John Misirian.

Some Chip Counts From the $570 Omaha-8 Event

Limits: 2,000-4,000 Average: 42,000

Shirley Rosario - 85,000
Albert Shim - 62,000
Lynda Tran - 44,000
Cuu Hoang - 30,000
Don Zewin - 17,000
Michael Noori - 12,000
John Cernuto - 10,000

By the Numbers: $350 Shootout

We ended up with 110 players tonight, meaning the 11 table winners will be in the money. A mincash will be good for $920, while the eventual winner of the shootout will take home $10,640, and the Remington trophy. Scroll down for a breakdown of the payouts, and good luck to everyone!

1. $10,640
2. $6,440
3. $4,000
4. $2,710
5. $2,060
6. $1,650
7. $1,370
8. $1,160
9. $1,060
10. $990
11. $920

Some Updated From the Shootout Event

We just took a walk over to the Shootout event to access how the tables were going. No table is heads-up yet, but there are a couple of tables with just three players remaining.

The player closest to winning their table right now is Vinny Vinh. He has about 70,000 of the 100,000 chips in play. Eugene Tito is still alive at that table with 23,000. There are a few more notable updated below.

Four Handed- Deepinder Singh 25,000 Shan Jing - 9,000 Patrick Chan - 8,500

Four Handed - Tommy San - 25,000 Danny Illingworth - 12,000

Four Handed - Kyung Min Lee - 34,000 Alexi Dimitrov - 11,000

Registration Closed in the Shootout

We just got our 110th player in the Shootout event, meaning we are now capped off. Stay tuned for the prizepool information to come shortly.

The 11 winners of their tables will combine to one for the final table. Good luck players!

What's Coming Up: Tuesday, January 31st

We have two more events kicking off tomorrow, and as per usual with the weekdays, they will be starting at 1 and 5 PM respectfully. The first event is a $570 Seven Card Stud tournament. Players will start with 12,500 in chips, and registration will remain open until 5:30 PM.

We switch back to big bet games at 5 PM with a $570 half No-Limit Hold'em half Pot-Limit Omaha tournament. The buy-in for that one is $350, and registration will remain open until 7:15 PM.

Both of these events are two day events. The finals will be starting at 2 PM for the Stud, and 3 PM for the Hold'em/Omaha event. Good luck players!

By the Numbers: $570 Omaha 8-or-Better

Today's Omaha-8 Event drew a total of 108 players, creating a prizepool of $54,000. The final 14 players will finish in the money tonight, all of them locking up a four figure payday. First place will take home $16,200, as well as the Remington trophy. The finals for this event will kick off tomorrow at 2 PM, and we will be here to provide all of the coverage!

1. $16,200
2. $9,990
3. $5,990
4. $3,920
5. $3,020
6. $2,480
7. $2,110
8. $1,840
9. $1,620
10-12. $1,430
13-14. $1,270

Some of the Tables in the Shootout

We took a quick walk through the Shootout field, and noticed that a few tables had more than a couple familiar faces. You can view some of those tough tables below. We are capping the Shootout field at 100 players, and there are only ten seats left, so hurry on down if you want to play!

Table 36

Shan Jing
Deepinder Singh
Patrick Chan

Table 37

Bobby Suer
Danny Illingworth
Tommy San

Table 38

Alexi Dimitrov
Kyung Min Lee
Alex Massman

Table 46

Titan Leard
Eugene Castro
Mark Hamilton
John Hullett
Phong "Turbo" Nguyen

Cards in the Air: $350 Shootout Event

There was a brief delay in starting the shootout in order to make sure all the tables are balanced, but now the cards are in the air! Your opening table will be a sit-n-go in this event. The winners of every table will move on to the finals to face off with the other winners. Registration will be open until 7:50 PM, but make sure you come earlier than that to ensure your seat. Good luck players!

Player Profile: Lawrence Ma, Winner of the $300,000 Guaranteed Event


The $300,000 Guaranteed Event played out into the late hours of the evening, and after about 12 hours of play, young pro Lawrence Ma emerged victorious over the massive field, taking home nearly $73,000. Ma took the chip lead with two tables left, and he never let it go, going coast-to-coast at the final table.

"I'm very happy. This is my first Remington and second win this month actually. I'm on a hot streak."

Ma won several flips late in the tournament, and pocket nines seemed to be his lucky hand, as he won a few key pots with those. For the most part, Ma wasn't necessarily lucky in the big pots: he simply avoided getting unlucky.

"I wasn't confident I was going to win all the hands. I was just hoping my hand was best against his range and you have to take those flips in order to win so that's what I did."

The cash is the second biggest of his career, short of the top spot by just $100. However, it was by far his biggest cash in a tournament victory. Ma reflected on how both cashes were special in their own different ways.

"This one feels much better because it was a win for the whole tournament. That first one was cool because that got my bankroll started but this, winning this, it feels great."



Ma primarily plays No-Limit Hold'em, though he does dabble in the occasional mixed game event. After the victory, Ma said that even with this big boost to his bankroll, he doesn't expect his schedule to change all that much.

"I already knew what my schedule was gonna be and what I was going to play. I'm not gonna slack off or anything just play what I was going to play from the start. It gives me confidence for sure."

This was Ma's first cash of the series, but it already gives him a nice boost in the Player of the Year series. Ma did admit to us after the win that this might push him to play a few more events in hopes of earning the shot at a free Main Event seat.

"I didn't even realize about that so I need to see how many points I need to get there. This has been my only cash so far. If I look like I have a shot I would go for it for sure."

Congratulations again to Lawrence Ma on his dominating performance in the biggest event of the 2017 LAPC so far. Stay tuned to our coverage all series long to find out if Ma can continue his hot streak here!

Shootout Event Starts in an Hour

The afternoon event is just one hour away, and it's a $350 Shootout Event. All you have to do to make the money is win your first table. All of the table winners will form the finals field, and play down to a winner from there. Registration will be open until 7:50 PM. Good luck everyone!

Nearly 100 Players in Today's Omaha-8 Event

We have just hit the three hour mark in this $570 Omaha 8-or-Better Event, and so far, 97 players have entered. Registration for this event will be open for another 90 minutes, so we will easily surpass the $50,000 mark. Come down and join us!

Some of the Regulars Here at the $570 Omaha-8 Event

Below you will see some of the players who are here in the $570 Omaha 8-or-Better. Dan Heimiller and Frankie O'Dell are looking for Remington #2 of the series after winning the OE and HORSE events respectfully. We also spotted Ylon Schwartz, who was one of the players who chopped the Triple Stack last night for just under $7,500. Check out those photos, and a couple more, below.


Dan Heimiller

Ylon Schwartz

Jeff Madsen

Craig Carrillo

Frankie O'Dell

LAPC Event #21 $350 Shootout Event

  • Shootout Format: Win Table to Advance
  • 1/30/17 - 5pm 
  • $350 Buy-in
  • 10,000 Starting Stack 
  • All Levels 20 Minutes 
  • Late Register until 7:50pm 
  • One Day Event
  • No Re-Entry

Cards in the Air: $570 Omaha 8-or-Better

We are back with the Mixed Game action with our $570 Omaha 8-or-Better Event today. Players start with 12,500 in chips, and registration will be open until 5:30 PM.

This is a two day event, with the finals starting up at 2 PM tomorrow. Good luck players!

LAPC Event #20: $570 Omaha 8-or-Better

  • LAPC Event #20 
  • Omaha 8-or-Better
  • 1/30/17 - 1pm 
  • $570 Buy-in
  • 12,500 Starting Stack 
  • All Levels Until Final Table - 40 Minutes
  • Final Table Levels 60 Minutes
  • Late Register until 5:30pm 
  • Single Re-Entry Allowed 
  • Two Day Event
  • Day 2 Tuesday Jan 31st at 2 PM 

Congratulations to Lawrence Ma, Winner of the $300,000 Guaranteed Event ($72,960)


Just a few hands later, Rick shoved all in with [Jh][9s], and Lawrence Ma called the small shove with a dominated [Jc][3c]. Ma stormed out to the lead though after the flop came [Kh][7c][3h].  Ma needed to only fade a nine now, and the board finished out [Qh] and [8s].

Rick will take home over $50,000 for his efforts, but the full first place prize of $72,960, and the Remington Trophy, are going home with Lawrence Ma!

Ma on the Brink of the Title

Lawrence Ma raised to 275,000, and Rick rereaised to 720,000. Ma called, and the flop came down [Ah][3h][5c]. Both players checked, and the [Js] came on the turn. Rick bet 400,000, Ma called, and the [Jc] completed the board.

Rick checked this time, and Ma put out a big bet of 1.325 million. This represented nearly all of his opponent's chips, and he thought for quite some time before calling. Eventually he called, only to be shown the bad news, as Ma showed [Kd][Jh] for trip jacks.

This leaves Rick with just 500,000 at the 120,000 big blind level.

Raymond Ho Eliminated in 3rd Place ($33,060)


Raymond Ho moved all in for his final 1.6 million or so, and Lawrence Ma moved all in over the top.

Ho: [Ad][Qd]
Ma: [Qh][Qs]

The board ran down [6c][5s][2d][5h][7d], and Ma's queens held up. That gets us to heads up, with Ma holding a dominating lead, 12.5 million to 2.9 million.

Hermilo Vargas Eliminated in 4th Place ($24,430)


Hermilo Vargas moved all in preflop holding [Jh][10h], and Lawrence Ma put him at risk with [9h][9s]. The flop of [Ah][7h][7d] gave Vargas some extra flush outs, but the [3d] turn and [2s] river didn't bring any help.

Ma, who has knocked out a few players tonight with pocket nines, now has just under 10 million of the 15 million chips in play.