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Friday, February 10, 2017

By the Numbers: $570 Dealer's Choice Event

The Dealer's Choice Event drew a crowd of 62 players, making for a prizepool of $31,000. The final eight players will be in the money, all locking up at least four figures. First place will take home the Remington Trophy, along with $11,140 in prize money. Good luck players!

1. $11,140
2. $6,560
3. $4,110
4. $2,790
5. $2,170
6. $1,710
7. $1,400
8. $1,120

What's Coming Up: Saturday, February 11th

Tomorrow will feature two more events, including the final flight of the $300,000 Guaranteed Event at 12 PM. We fully expect that flight to smash today's total of 242, so make sure you come out before registration closes at 4 PM to get your seat there. The finals for that event are on Sunday at 1 PM.

At 5 PM, we move back to the four figure buy-in Mixed Game Events, as the $1,100 No-Limit Single Draw Event will be starting up. Players start with 15,000, and registration will be open until 9:30 PM. This is also a two day event, with the finals starting up on Sunday at 3 PM.

Of course, we will also be having another $1,100 WPT Main Event Satellite starting up at 7 PM tomorrow night as well. That satellite will guarantee at least two Main Event seats.

Some Chip Stacks in the $300,000 Guaranteed Flight

Blinds: 500-1,000 Players Left: 70 Average: 42,000

Frank Lin - 83,000
Duey Dong - 60,000
Lawrence Ma - 41,000
Mark Jun - 40,000
Gladys Landegger - 35,000
Patrick Chan - 30,000
Nicholas Grippo - 25,000

Player Profile: Adam Volen, Winner of the Triple Stack Event

It's not often you find a starting stack and structure worthy of a Main Event in a tournament with a $350 buy-in, but that's what the LAPC had with our Triple Stack Event yesterday. Players starting with 30,000 in chips, and with a majority of the levels beign 40 minutes, with hour long levels at the final table, it was no surprise that a player as talented as Adam Volen finished on top of the 662 player field.

"I'm feeling great a little bit tired but I'm excited about it. One of the reasons why I played this tournament is the structure. It's almost too good of a structure for a $350 tournament."

Volen and eventual runner-up Erika Weinstein came into the final table as the two big chip leaders, and the two of them would stay at the top of the counts the entire time. Volen took the lead early on in the final table when he took back-to-back big pots off of Alfred Cho, knocking him out in the second pot. From there, Volen never looked back.

"We (him and Erika) were both big stacks she was kind of controlling the table at first but then I gained some momentum, picked up some chips, and picked up some hands. Some things went my way today."

This is the second Remington Trophy for Volen, who has enjoyed plenty of success here in Los Angeles. Last year, he took down the Escalator tournament, an event with a special structure where the blinds increase by five minutes every level, making for fast play early on, and deep play late in the tournament. When asked what else he plans on playing, defending his title was certainly on his mind.

"I'll play the Million Guaranteed for sure. I'll try to satellite into the Main Event, and I have to defend my title in the Escalator."

We are more than halfway through the 2017 LAPC. Will you be the next big winner we profile? Come join us to find out!

Some Photos From the Dealer's Choice Event

We have some of the best Mixed Game players in the world here today for the Dealer's Choice Event, including a few WSOP bracelet winners. Some of those players are Benny Glaser and Matt Grapenthien. We also spotted Chris Abkarian, who won the $570 HORSE Event just a few days ago.

Benny Glaser

Jon Turner

Chris Abkarian

Mark Gregorich

Josh Hale

Matt Grapenthien

By the Numbers: Flight 1B of the $300,000 Guaranteed

The second flight of the $300,000 Guaranteed event drew 242 players, meaning that we are already at $225,000 in the prizepool with the biggest flight yet to come tomorrow. The top 19 players will be moving on to the finals tomorrow, with 20th-31st earning some money for their efforts tonight. Check out those payouts below, and don't forget that the last flight is tomorrow at 12 PM.

1-19. Day 2
20-25. $950
26-31. $750

Cards in the Air: $570 Dealer's Choice

It's time for the tournament that is a Mixed Game specialist's dream: the Dealer's Choice Event. In this tournament, players will get to pick one of up to 16 games. The full list can be viewed here.

Registration for this event will be open until 9:30, so you have plenty of time to brave the LA traffic and come join us!

Player Profile: Hanh Tran, Winner of the $1,100 Triple Draw Event

The first draw event of the 2017 LA Poker Classic was taken down yesterday by Hanh Tran. Tran is usually a cash game specialist, but said that he couldn't pass on the chance to play a Triple Draw tournament when he saw it on the schedule.

"I feel really good because I love this game. I play this game a lot. I won this at the WPT National last year in Vienna. It's a small field but it's ok."

There were eight players who came back for the Day 2 restart in this event, and Tran held a massive lead on the field. He had 161,500 to start the day, with no one else over the 100,000 mark. However, it wasn't smooth sailing for Tran, who saw his stack dip early on.

"At the beginning it was pretty sick a roller coaster. I lost two or three hands one hand I played bad. I was down to just seven big bets. But at the end I got alot back and just went from there."

The native Austrian has a slew of Triple Draw cashes on his tournament resume, and he can add another victory after yesterday's performance. We asked Tran to identify some common mistakes he sees beginners making in 2-7, and he had this to offer up.

"Don't draw too much most of the weak players will try to draw too much to get the wheel sometimes you win with a nine or a ten. Play the opponents not your cards."

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we will be seeing much of Tran the rest of the series.

"I'm here only for cash games but I saw this was going so I played it. I won't be playing any other tournaments just cash."

Congratulations again to Hanh Tran on winning the 40 person tournament. If you want to play a draw game, we have a $1,100 No-Limit Single Draw Event starting up tomorrow afternoon at 5 PM!

Some Snapshots From Flight 1B Today

Below you will see some of the players who are here hoping they will be at the final table of this event on Sunday. Lawrence Ma has claimed the biggest first place prize of the series so far when he took down the $250,000 Guaranteed Event a couple of weeks ago. We also spotted Jesse Yaginuma, who finished third in the 2013 LAPC Main Event. Check out their photos below, along with a few others!

Jesse Yaginuma
Harry Arutyunyan

Cord Garcia 

Albert Shim

Lawrence Ma

Young Phan

200 Players Entered in Today's Flight So Far

We have just under 90 minutes left in registration for this $300,000 Guaranteed flight today, and we just crossed the 200 player mark. It looks like we will be beating yesterday's number, though as expected, tomorrow will be the biggest flight of the three.

Don't forget that the Dealer's Choice Event is also starting up at 5 PM today!

LAPC Event #37 $570 Dealer's Choice Event

  • Dealer's Choice Tournament
  • 2/10/17 - 5pm 
  • $570 Buy-in
  • 12,500 Starting Stack 
  • Levels 1-12 30 Minutes 
  • Levels 13-Final Table - 40 Minutes
  • Final Table Levels - 60 Minutes
  • Late Register until 9:30pm 
  • Single Re-Entry Allowed
  • Two Day Event
  • Day 2 Saturday, February 11th at 3 PM 

Cards in the Air: Second Flight of the $300,000 Guaranteed Event

We got off to a great start in our $300,000 Guaranteed Event yesterday, as over 200 players came out to play. We are expecting a bigger crowd today for the second of three starting flights to this tournament. The buy-in is $570, and registration will be open until 5 PM. One re-entry is allowed in this flight, and if you can't make it out for this flight, or you get knocked out, your final chance to qualify will be tomorrow at 12 PM.

Good luck everyone!

LAPC Event #36: $300,000 Guaranteed Flight 1B

  • LAPC Event #36 Flight 1B
  • $300,000 Guaranteed
  • 2/10/17 - 1pm 
  • $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 5pm 
  • One Re-Entry Allowed Per Flight
  • Two Day Event
  • Day 2 Sunday February 12th at 1 PM 

LAPC Event #35 $1,100 2-7 Triple Draw Final Results

$1,100 2-7 TRIPLE DRAW
Entries: 40 Prizepool: $40,000
Last First City State Prize
1 Tran Hanh Vienna Vienna $16,400
2 Kalas Kane Cherry Hill NJ $10,000
3 Hamid Abdel Corpus Christi TX $6,000
4 Kizzire Harold Birmingham AL $4,400
5 Tran Phuong Monterey Park CA $3,200

LAPC Event #34 $350 NLH Triple Stack Final Results

$100,000 GUARANTEE
Entries: 662 Prizepool: $198,600


Volen Adam Fullerton CA $32,895
2 Weinstein Erika W Hollywood CA $29,765
3 Shen Zhijian Los Angeles CA $16,620
4 Picquette Chris Fresno CA $12,100
5 Nguyen Tho Van Jurupa Valley CA $9,270
6 Juarez Juvenal Van Nuys CA $7,420
7 Cho Alfred Fountain Valley CA $6,150
8 Denove Anthony Toluca Lake CA $4,900
9 Orillo Marc Valencia CA $3,680
10 Jackson James Los Angeles CA $3,060
11 Marianakis Emmanuel W Hollywood CA $3,060
12 Arjang Pejman Sherman Oaks CA $3,060
13 Eskandari Massoud Mission Viejo CA $2,430
14 Hengsakul Peter Los Angeles CA $2,430
15 Ansdell Allan Huntington Beach CA $2,430
16 Li Ming Arcadia CA $2,030
17 Shon Samuel Newport Beach CA $2,030
18 Mashour Max Newport Beach CA $2,030
19 Coria Gabriel Oxnard CA $1,660
20 Faynshteyn Alex Los Angeles CA $1,660
21 Taheri Payman Sherman Oaks CA $1,660
22 Klein Edward Arcadia CA $1,400
23 Huber Paul San Diego CA $1,400
24 Zorb Corey Murrieta CA $1,400
25 Muschetto Evan Huntington Beach CA $1,190
26 Gill Paramjit Diamond Bar CA $1,190
27 Karschamroon Pornthep Los Angeles CA $1,190
28 Lehmanski Maxilian Innsbruch CA $970
29 Champeaux Christopher Las Vegas NV $970
30 Staats Christopher Oklahoma City OK $970
31 Chen Adam Covina CA $970
32 TAheri Hoang Garden Grove CA $970
33 Wong Wing Rowland Heights CA $970
34 Brown-McCue Joshua Los Angeles CA $970
35 Kuran Carl Costa Mesa CA $970
36 Badkoubei Babak Irvine CA $970
37 Mathers James Clovis CA $850
38 Bond Jeffery Thousand Oaks CA $850
39 Durant Robert Los Angeles CA $850
40 Modabber Nader Northridge CA $850
41 Perry Kenneth San Diego CA $850
42 Austin Reginald Los Angeles CA $850
43 Yarchever Jeffrey Laguna Beach CA $850
44 Suihkonen Kirt Huntington Beach CA $850
45 Grippo Nicholas Pacific Palisades CA $850
46 Evans Michael Palm Springs CA $750
47 Rogers Keith Walnut CA $750
48 Klimas Adam Parkersburg WV $750
49 Stanczak Timothy Carlsbad CA $750
50 Mayfield Douglas Woodland Hills CA $750
51 Terajima Junpei Torrance CA $750
52 Ly Hien San Diego CA $750
53 Williams Kimya Inglewood CA $750
54 Wolf William Vista CA $750
55 Magar Guy Los Angeles CA $680
56 Sequeira Mario Hanford CA $680
57 Doumani Phil Santa Ana CA $680
58 Sygiel John Orange CA $680
59 Dizon Susan Bakersfield CA $680
60 Duong Duey Aliso Viejo CA $680
61 Martynov Helen La Canada CA $680
62 Alajajian Gevork Van Nuys CA $680
63 Cosentino Joseph Monterey Park CA $680
64 Brown-McCue Camille Riverside CA $600
65 Kim Donhyung San Gabriel CA $600
66 Motamedi Nojan San Diego CA $600
67 Tu Michael Rowland Heights CA $600
68 Pitesa Anthony Long Beach CA $600
69 Jin Xiao Upland CA $600
70 Yakubinis Jeffrey Bellevue WA $600
71 Keshishyan Hovik Glendale CA $600
72 Grippo Alison Los Angeles CA $600
73 Takahara Noel Buena Park CA $540
74 Price Allen San Francisco CA $540
75 Miller Ronald Santa Fe Springs CA $540
76 Burunsuzyan Gevork N Hollywood CA $540
77 Esquerra Michael Chino Hills CA $540
78 Bianco Lynne Costa Mesa CA $540
79 Luna Raynard Oxnard CA $540
80 Wesley Jacqueline Hanford CA $540
81 Romeo Thomas Walden NY $540
82 Flores Hugo Ventura CA $490
83 Shishegar Behrooz Ontario CA $490

LAPC Event #36A Results and Chip Counts

$300,000 GUARANTEE
BUY IN: $500 S/C: $20 E/F: $50
Place Last Name First Name City State Chips
1 Meng Tam Chi Macau 295,500
2 Gutierrez Antonio Lincoln NE 280,000
3 Gale Lee West Covina CA 230,500
4 Hakobyan Arsen Los Angeles CA 219,500
5 Khalili Sohale Los Angeles CA 216,500
6 Brent Dennis Camarillo CA 200,000
7 Aljanodi Sameer Marina Del Rey CA 156,000
8 Terrane Sammy Los Angeles CA 146,000
9 Zanot  Thomas Phoenix AZ 136,500
10 Mestas Richard San Fernando CA 123,500
11 Loizu Louie Woodland Hills CA 116,000
12 Coppola Brian Henderson  NV 105,000
13 Foster Jordan Santa Barbara CA 104,000
14 Tyfekchyan Arman North Hills CA 97,000
15 Rice Shawn Lubbock TX 83,500
16 Katz Michael Los Angeles CA 71,000
17 Kramer Bruce Westminster CA 65,000
Finish Last First City State Prize
18 Crespo Eduardo Hacienda Heights CA $950
19 Ein Zachary Studio City CA $950
20 Hershler Eric Los Angeles CA $950
21 Siyarath Phonesana Riverside CA $950
22 Whyte Lawrence Las Vegas NV $750
23 Hartshorn Travis Sarver PA $750
24 Ky Joe Honolulu HI $750
25 Guerrero Dustin San Diego CA $750
26 Witjas Matthew Woodland Hills CA $750
27 Musgrove Andy Laguna Hills CA $750
Day 2 returns Sunday at 1pm

Congratulations to Adam Volen, Winner of the Triple Stack Event!

Adam Volen and Erika Weinstein played a few hands of heads up before they decided to take a look at the numbers. Once they got the numbers, they agreed to the deal. Volen will take home $32,895, while Weinstein earns $29,765. Congratulations to both players on their impressive results!

Zhijian Shen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($16,620)

Just two hands later, Zhijian Shen bowed out in third place. He got all his money in after a flop of [Qs][Js][2c]. Erika Weinstein put him at risk holding [Ad][Qh], and she was looking to fade the flush draw of Shen, [7s][6s]. The board finished out [10c] and [7h], giving Weinstein the lead.

This gets us to heads up play. Right now, Adam Volen has 12.7 million to the 7.1 million of Weinstein.

Chris Picquette Eliminated in 4th Place ($12,100)

Erika Weinstein raised to 375,000, and Chris Picquette moved all in for just over 2 million from the small blind. In the big blind, Adam Volen called. Weinstein tanked for over a minute before folding what she said were pocket sevens.

Picquette: [Ah][Kc]
Volen: [Ac][Ad]

Picquette was in dire straits, and he was all but dead after the flop of [Qd][4c][2h]. The [8h] on the turn sealed the hand, and a big pot was sent to Volen, who has over 11 million after that hand.

Tho Nguyen Eliminated in 5th Place ($9,270)

On the very next hand, Tho Nguyen would move all in from the small blind with [Ah][4s]. He joked to Erika Weinstein in the big blind: "Call so I can go home to my wife please." Weinstein obliged with a call, and she saw she had two live cards.

Weinstein: [Ks][6c]
Nguyen: [Ah][4s]

The flop of [Kc][Jh][5h] shot Weinstein into the lead, and the [Kh] on the turn sealed the deal. Just like that, we are down to four players.

Juvenal Juarez Eliminated in 6th Place ($7,420)

Adam Volen raised to 375,000, and Juvenal Juarez moved all in for about 1.2 million. Volen called, and we were off to the races again.

Volen: [4h][4d]
Juarez: [Kh][Qh]

The board came down [Ah][7s][2c][10c][6h], and Volen took down the pot to increase his chip lead, and get us to five handed play.

Updated Counts From the Final Six on Break

Blinds: 75,000-150,000 Average: 3.3 million

Adam Volen - 6.7 million
Erika Weinstein - 5.8 million
Chris Picquette - 2.4 million
Zhijian Shen - 2.3 million
Juvenal Juarez - 1.4 million
Tho Nguyen - 900,000