View Schedule & Structures // Visit Commerce Casino // 2017 LAPC Schedule // Player of the Series Updates (2-24)// Google Calendar Link

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Few Counts From the Evening Event

Blinds: 400-800 Players Left: 27 Average: 31,500

Craig Chait - 39,000
John Cernuto - 35,000
Randy Holland - 32,000
Jeff Madsen - 31,000
Paul Lui - 29,000
Dave Consolazio - 25,000

By the Numbers: $350 No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha

The afternoon event today drew a total of 85 players, creating a prizepool of $25,500. The final 11 players will be in the money tonight, with first place taking home $8,230, and the Remington Trophy. Check out the rest of the payouts below, and good luck to everyone still in!

1. $8,230
2. $4,970
3. $3,090
4. $2,090
5. $1,590
6. $1,280
7. $1,060
8. $890
9. $820
10. $770
11. $710

Some Chip Counts From the Stud Event

Limits: 1,000-2,000 Players Left: 24 Average: 28,000

Paul Vinci - 49,000
Ann Bloom - 36,000
Chris Grigorian - 28,000
Frankie O'Dell - 16,000
Lynda Tran - 10,000

What's Coming Up: Wednesday, February 1st

We have two more events kicking off tomorrow, including a fun one starting up at 1 PM. It is a $570 Heads-up Event. This tournament will play out just like the NCAA Tournament, with a bracket of 64 players. All matches will be best 2 out of 3, and there is no re-entry. Last year, Thu Nguyen took down the event, taking home $8,000. This event is capped at 64, and there are currently 51 players, so space is running out! If you would like to ensure your seat, we'd suggest you come down tonight to register.

At 5 PM, we have another action packed event, a $150 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-or-Better event that will allow for multiple rebuys. Players start with 2,500 in chips, and registration and the re-buy period will be open until 7:15 PM. This is a two day event as well.

It should be a great day of poker action, so don't miss out!

By the Numbers: $570 Stud Event

Today's Seven Card Stud tournament drew a total of 53 players, creating a prizepool of $26,500. The final table will be eight-handed, but only the top seven will be making some extra money. First place will take home $9,800, and the Remington Trophy. Check below for a full breakdown of the payouts.

1. $9,800
2. $5,830
3. $3,580
4. $2,520
5. $1,990
6. $1,590
7. $1,190

A Few Players in the Afternoon Event

Below you will see some of the players who are in the half No-Limit Hold'em half Pot-Limit Omaha event. We spotted a pair of bracelet winners, "Miami" John Cernuto and Safiya Umerova, as well as a few regular tournament players here at the Commerce Casino. Check out those photos below.

Safiya Umerova

John Cernuto

Hermilo Vargas

Kazu Oshima

Michael Garner

Player Profile: Jesse David, Winner of the $570 Omaha 8-or-Better Event!

The first $570 Mixed Game installment of the 2017 LAPC was just taken down by Jesse David. Normally an online player, David said that he was excited to come play here at the Commerce Casino, largely because of the number of cards in the game. 

"I play online tournaments that's how I usually play poker. I only play live when there are Omaha tournaments. Those are my best games."

David entered the final table second in chips, just one big bet behind chip leader Ed Smith. David was a fixture at the top of the counts from the start, taking the chip lead with six players left, and he never gave it up. 

"I was never short. I made a few mistakes but generally just played tight and solid and let people go nuts and drop out."

When we got to three handed, all three players were relatively close in chips, and they try to iron out a chop. After a few negotiations fell apart, the final three agreed to divide up the prize pool evenly, as long as David, who was the chip leader at the time, would get 1st place and the trophy. The other two players excepted, and the rest is history! 

"When we got down to three it was pretty evenly matched I was ahead most of the way. They didn't want to chop at first then we finally pulled it off and I'm fine with that."

Looking at David's Hendon Mob was quite interesting. David kicked off his tournament career with a $915 cash in San Pablo in a $20 event in 1998. Then, there is a 16 year break, with his next cash not coming until May of 2014. Since then, all of his cashes have come in Omaha variants, and this is his second biggest career cash. When asked about the long break, David let out a chuckle, and said this. 

""I was living in New York for a long time and I just started getting back into tournaments in the last couple of years. I won one last year in LA. The stakes are low for tournaments and it's different to have the in person skill."

David was ready to leave the casino after locking up his second five figure day, until he heard what was coming up shortly after his win. 

"I feel pretty good I'm glad I get to go home although I might actually hop into the 5 PM event (Half NL Hold'em Half Pot-Limit Omaha)," he said with a laugh.

David has promised he will be back for all of the Omaha events in order to try and improve his standing in the Player of the Series race. Good luck Jesse, and congratulations again on your victory!

Cards in the Air: $350 No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha

The afternoon event has just kicked off here in the tournament room, and it's a combination of two big bet games. The players will be playing half No-Limit Hold'em and half Pot-Limit Omaha. Registration will be open in this event until 7:15 PM, so you have a couple of hours to battle the rush hour traffic and come join us.

The Final Three Players Chop it Up, Jesse David is the Winner!

Jesse David, Ed Smith, and Ger Xiong took a ten minute break, and during that time, the three discussed an even chop. The three were close in chips: David had 510,000, Xiong 450,000, and Smith 405,000. They all agreed to an even chop, with David getting the first place designation and the trophy. Congratulations to all three players, and stay tuned for a player profile on Jesse David!

Jesse David - $10,730
Ed Smith - $10,725
Ger Xiong - $10,725

Some Snapshots From the Stud Event

We took a break from the O-8 final table to take some photos of the $570 Stud Event. Max Pescatori is here making his 2017 LAPC debut, and as per usual, his hair game is on point. We also spotted Craig Chait looking for his third final table of the series so far. Check out those photos, and a couple more, below.

Max Pescatori

Randy Holland

Chris Grigorian

Craig Chait

Barbara Enright

Shirley Rosario Eliminated in 4th Place ($3,920)

Shirley Rosario had just lost most of her chips in a previous hand when she was all in on the river of a board showing [Qd][10h][3h][8h][8d]. Jesse David had [Ah][5h] in his hand for the nut flush, and Rosario couldn't beat it, as she mucked her hand.

The final three players briefly discussed the idea of a chop, but no numbers were looked at. We play on!

Benjamin Tang Eliminated in 5th Place ($3,020)

Benjamin Tang is all in after a flop of [Qs][8c][2s]. He has [As][3s][Kh][Qc] for top pair and a flush draw, while Ger Xiong has [Ad][8h][3d][2d] for two pair and the nut low draw. The [8s] on the turn gives Tang the flush, but it is useless now, as Xiong now has a full house. Tang can only get a quarter of the pot with a low card, but the [10s] was no help.

This gets us down to the final four players.

Paul Vinci Eliminated in 6th Place ($2,480)

Paul Vinci commits his final 15,000 in preflop, and he is called by Ger Xiong in the small blind Shirley Rosario checks her big blind, and the flop comes down [Js][7d][4d]. Both players check, and Xiong fires out on the [Kh] turn. Rosario folds, and the cards are tabled.

Xiong: [Kc][Jd][Jh][6d]
Vinci: [Ad][5d][10s][7s]

Vinci need a diamond or a low card to stay alive, and though he thought the [7c] on the river saved him, it was no good, as it gave Xiong a full house.

We are down to five players now. As of yet, we haven't heard any talks of a chop.

Nearly 50 Players in the Stud Event

For the most part this series, we have hit at least 100 players in every Mixed Game event so far. We might fall short of that mark in today's $570 Stud Event, as 45 players have entered so far. Registration is open until 5:30 PM, so you still have a couple of hours to come down and join us for the action!

Fresh Counts From the Final Six

Limits: 10,000-20,000 Average: 225,000

Ger Xiong - 400,000
Jesse David - 320,000
Ed Smith - 300,000
Shirley Rosario - 150,000
Paul Vinci - 50,000
Benjamin Tang - 40,000

Lynda Tran Eliminated in 7th Place ($2,110)

Lynda Tran managed to survive one all in, but not two. She put her last 20,000 in preflop, and was called by Benjamin Tang and Shirley Rosario. The players would check down a board of [Kc][Js][7c][8d][8s], and Tran was hopeful that her [Kh][Jc][Ad][5d] would be good enough to scoop the pot. However, Tang had [As][8c][Qh][7h] for running trip eights to win the pot.

This get us down to just six players in this final table.

Eng Tang Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,840)

Eng Tang was crippled in an early hand against Jesse David, and he was able to survive a few all ins before this hand felted him. Tang would get his final chips in the middle preflop holding [Ah][10h][Ks][5c], and he was up against the [8d][7h][4h][3d] of chip leader Ed Smith. The flop of [Qd][Jc][6d] gave both players a bunch of draw outs, but the [Kd] on the turn left Tang drawing dead, as David made a flush.

We are down to seven players after Tang's elimination. Right now the short stacks are Paul Vinci and Lynda Tran.

Final Table Photos From the Omaha-8 Event

Seat 1: Paul Vinci - 75,000

Seat 2: Benjamin Tang - 68,000 (short stack) 

Seat 3: Ed Smith - 292,000 (chip leader)

Seat 4: Ger Xiong - 126,000

Seat 5: Shirley Rosario - 154,000

Seat 6: Lynda Tran - 220,000

Seat 7: Jesse David - 285,000

Seat 8: Eng Tang - 141,000

LAPC Event #23: $350 No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha

  • LAPC Event #23 
  • No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha
  • 1/31/17 - 5pm 
  • $350 Buy-in
  • 10,000 Starting Stack 
  • All Day 1 Levels 30 Minutes
  • All Day 2 Levels 40 Minutes
  • Late Register until 9:30pm 
  • Re-Entry Allowed 
  • Two Day Event
  • Day 2 Wednesday, February 1st, 3 PM

Cards in the Air: $570 Stud Event

It's time for another $570 Mixed Game event, and today, the game of choice is 7-Card Stud. Players will be starting the day 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 everyone!

LAPC Event #22: $570 Seven Card Stud

  • LAPC Event #22 
  • Seven Card Stud
  • 1/31/17 - 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 Wednesday, February 1st at 2 PM 

Shan Jing Wins Event #21 $350 No Limit Hold'em Shootout


1/29/17 12:00PM
Entries: 110 Prizepool: $33000
Last First City State Prize
1 Jing Shan Arcadia CA $8,435*
2 Tyfekchyan Arman North Hills CA $6,605*
3 Bitton Doron Van Nuys CA $6,040*
4 Sosa Daniel Los Angeles CA $2,710
5 James William Kanab UT $2,060
6 San Tommy El Monte CA $1,650
7 Misirian John N Hollywood CA $1,370
8 Nguyen Thu Anh Westminister CA $1,160
9 Lee Kyung Los Angeles CA $1,060
10 Vinh Quoc Downey CA $990
11 Hulett John Sherman Oaks CA $920
*Final 3 players agreed to chop based on chip count. Original payouts were:
1st $10,600 2nd $6,440 3rd $4,000

LAPC Event #20 $570 Omaha 8 or Better Results and Chip Counts

Entries: 108 Prizepool: $54,000
Place Last Name First Name City State Chips Table Seat
1 Smith Ed Twentynine Palms CA 292,000 50 3
2 David Jesse Pasadena CA 285,000 50 7
3 Tran Phuong Los Angeles CA 220,000 50 6
4 Rosario Shirley Redondo Beach CA 154,000 50 5
5 Tang Eng Rosemead CA 141,000 50 8
6 Xiong Ger Sacramento CA 126,000 50 4
7 Vinci Paul Los Angeles CA 75,000 50 1
8 Tang Benjamin Mesa AZ 68,000 50 2
Finish Last First City State Prize
9 Oberman Warren Madison WI $1,620
10 Vera Ruben Lake Elsinore CA $1,430
11 Hennekam Thomas Saint Clair Shores MI $1,430
12 Ouyang-Hung Christina Burlingame CA $1,430
13 Rodriguez Carlos Paramount CA $1,270
14 Damore William Anaheim CA $1,270
1st $16,200
2nd $9,990
3rd $5,990
4th $3,920
5th $3,020
6th $2,480
7th $2,110
8th $1,840

Event 19 $75 Facebook Exclusive Final Results


1/29/17 12:00PM
Entries: 510 Prizepool: $30,600
Last First City State Prize
1 Sanchez Jesus Santa Ana CA $5,360*
2 Whitaker Brian Los Angeles CA $3,180*
3 Pollavith Phanit Sun Valley CA $2,705*
4 Satamian Vicken-Oks Pasadena CA $2,605*
5 Sianez Richard Beaumont CA $2,230*
6 Kwak Ronald Anaheim CA $1,200
7 Hulett John Sherman Oaks CA $1,000
8 Abkarian Michael Pasadena CA $800
9 Borges Baltazar Los Angeles CA $600
10 Rousso Yehuda Woodland Hills CA $500
11 Beirne Nicholas Pomona CA $500
12 Brown Weston Arcadia CA $500
13 Vasquez Charles Chatsworth CA $390
14 Ella Robert San Diego CA $390
15 Proctor Chelsea Los Angeles CA $390
16 Park Jin Los Angeles CA $330
17 Ortega Ever Josue Pasadena CA $330
18 Sanusi Omran West Covina CA $330
19 Meshreky Sameh Long Beach CA $280
20 Flores Oscar Pomona CA $280
21 Favela Leonel Fontana CA $280
22 Nguyen Huy Scottsdale CA $230
23 Kaslov Steven Los Angeles CA $230
24 Scott Benjamin Bend OR $230
25 Nersesyan Greg North Hollywood CA $200
26 Shpiner Ilya Woodland Hills CA $200
27 Nia Michael Calabasas CA $200
28 Kassardjian Raffi Los Angeles CA $170
29 Lopez Michael Ingelwood $170
30 Gilman Kayla Temecula $170
31 Amezola Gerardo Los Angeles $170
32 Klaidman Steven Simi Valley $170
33 Hastings Bradford Cambridge $170
34 Hernandez Hazael La Puente $170
35 Bayramyan Samuel Los Angeles $170
36 Song Jeremy Los Angeles $170
37 Najera Annabelle Walnut $150
38 Pike Thomas Laguna Beach $150
39 Chang Kathy Valencia $150
40 Soliman Richard Los Angeles $150
41 Fierro Christian Los Angeles $150
42 Manning Brent Newport Beach $150
43 Crouse Jeffrey Downey $150
44 Giure Jean Huntington Beach $150
45 Hulett Wen Rowland Heights  $150
46 Hood Kendra North Hollywood $130
47 Ebbing Chad North Hollywood $130
48 Kroeger Keith Lancaster $130
49 Artoonian Alfred La Crescenta $130
50 Yue Felix Arcadia $130
51 Dennis Jonathan Thousand Oaks $130
52 Hernandez-Diaz Santiago Lompoc $130
53 Ogier Timothy Los Angeles $130
54 Almond Daniel Lancaster $130
55 Gibbs Grantel Baton Rouge $110
56 Charchian David La Crescenta $110
57 Ta Kevin Walnut $110
58 Grab Glenn Northridge $110
59 Howard David Buena Park $110
60 Smith Eric Orange $110
61 Covarrubias Ernesto Commerce $110
62 Manrriquez Joseph Commerce $110
63 Coronado Eduardo Irwindale $110
64 Power Jeremy Lancaster $90
*Final 5 players agreed to make a chop based on chip count. Original payouts were:
1st $5,900 2nd $4,180 3rd $2,690 4th $1,870 5th $1,440