Abkarian came back to the Day 2 restart second in chips of 13 players left, and he immediately took a chip lead that he would never relinquish. However, it was when they got short handed at the final table that Abkarian really pulled out to a big lead.
"Obviously the cards were slapping me in the face a bit in a good way. I was running really well once I had the chip lead at 5-6 handed I could tell the money matters regardless of what anyone says so I took advantage of the chips I had and just steamrolled through."
Abkarian looked like a true pro at a final table full of experience players like John Cernuto, Robert Turner, Rick Gleitsman, and Peter Brownstein. For Abkarian, he said it was a fantastic experience for him in more ways than one.
"It was a learning experience. They played great, but cards matter even with how good they played. I had the deck on my side and rode that way. I knew the deck was hitting me and they felt it as well, so with that combination they were playing a little more afraid I was playing a little more aggressive."
Abkarian was also quick to heap praise on the special structure of this event, which had two hour levels throughout. The long levels allowed for deep play throughout, even at the final table where the bets were huge.
"Oh man it was a fantastic structure. Two hour levels bigger increments of bets but the levels are great. That was the main reason I played. I saw the structure and said wow two hour levels I'll really get to play and learn as I go. I mean 100 players entered and it still took two full days so that shows you it's a great structure."
While he is mainly a cash game player, Abkarian confessed that he feels the need to play more tournaments after such an impressive showing in this field of really quality players.
"Now that I took this down I obviously have to play now that I have the bug and obviously when you win you want to play more."
Congratulations again to Abkarian, who displayed one of the most dominating final table performances we've seen at the 2017 LAPC so far. We will have to wait and see if Abkarian comes back next Sunday to take a crack at the $1,100 HORSE event.