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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Some Flight 1B Counts as the Bubble Nears

We are down to 67 players as we are going to the 1,000-2,000 level, and the average stack is around 72,000. We need to lose 25 more players before we hit the money, and the top 26 will be moving on to the finals. Here is how some of our notables are stacking up at the moment.

Aaron Kweskin - 175,000
David "ODB" Baker - 145,000
Darren Healy - 130,000
Alex Massman - 120,000
Dana Kellstrom - 118,000
Mohsin Charania - 87,000
Danny Illingworth - 78,000
Sorel Mizzi - 60,000

What's Coming Up: Friday, February 17th

Tomorrow's schedule mirrors that of today here at the Commerce Casino. At 1 PM, we have the third flight of the Million Guaranteed Event. We should get up to over $900,000 in the middle by the end of tomorrow, and that will leave the fourth flight on Saturday, which should be the biggest of them all.

At 5 PM, you will have one more chance to grab a discounted $1,100 seat with our $175 satellite. Today and yesterday, we gave out 30 seats in this satellite, and we would expect the number to be even greater tomorrow.

Registration for Flight 1C will be open until 5:30 PM, while the satellite will stay open until 7:15 PM. Good luck everyone!

Some Early Notable Big Stacks

We are down to 108 players, and the current average is 44,000 at the 500-1,000 level. Here are a few of the notables who are nearly double the average or more. Remember that the top 40 tonight will be in the money.

Aaron Kweskin - 125,000
Dana Kellstrom - 82,000
Danny Illingworth - 80,000
Bill Fagerbakke - 75,000
Darren Healy - 75,000
Adam Foxen - 73,000
Mohsin Charania - 72,000
Jimmy Cavanaugh - 70,000

By the Numbers: Flight 1B of the $1 Million Guaranteed

The second flight of the $1 Million Guaranteed Event drew 320 players, meaning the prize pool is already over $600,000 with two more flights still to go. The top 40 players will finish in the money, with the final 26 moving on to the finals on Sunday. Your next chance to qualify for this event will be tomorrow at 1 PM.

1-26. Day 2
27-33. $2,000
34-40. $1,600

More Snapshots From Today's Flight

We have a few more player photos for you guys from today's flight, which will close with over 300 entrants. The reigning WPT Player of the Year Mike Shariati is in the building gearing up for the Main Event, which he finished runner-up in last year. We also spotted actor Bill Fagerbakke here for another tournament at the LAPC. Check out those photos below, and a couple other ones.

Chris DeMaci
Dan Heimiller 

Mike Shariati

Mohsin Charania

Bill Fagerbakke

Tyler Patterson

Today's Satellite Now Underway

It's time to get another $175 satellite going here in the tournament room. Yesterday's installment of this satellite series saw 30 people earn discounted $1,100 seats. Registration for this satellite will be open until 7:15 PM tonight, and if you can't make tonight's satellite, you will have one more chance tomorrow. Good luck!

Player Profile: Isaac Crow, Winner of the $1,100 HORSE Event

The LAPC is widely renowned for providing Mixed Game tournaments that you rarely see at any other poker stops. Not only that, there are usually varying buy-ins for these mixed events. Outside of the World Series, it is hard to find a more distinguished Mixed Event than the $1,100 HORSE event here at the LAPC, and a few days ago, that was won by Isaac Crow.

"This event is pretty prestigious outside of the World Series of Poker there's the LAPC and the $1,100 HORSE speaks for itself. Matt puts on these great tournaments every year. It's all we got outside of the WSOP especially with Mixed Games. This one is definitely the one on the map."

It wasn't a smooth ride for Crow to get to the title. In fact, he told us that he had to fire a second bullet, though clearly, it was worth it.

"Actually it was disastrous at the start I had to re-enter. It was a really rough road it was tough. I got a good rush when I needed it and just kept it going."

Crow had to go through a slew of tough players to get to the title. Some of the players who cashed but fell short of the title were Carol Fuchs (10th), Brandon Cantu (9th), Jeff Peterson (8th), Frankie O'Dell (6th), and John Cernuto (3rd). The player he beat heads up, Carlos Rodriguez, was all in and survived several times, and the table would constantly joke that he had nine lives. After three hours of heads up play, the title was Crow's.

"This wasn't given that's for sure everyone wanted it. It was a tough fight. The closer I got to it, the more I wanted it. I didn't get tired. These guys were tough. There wasn't a cake walk at any point."

Crow said that he was far from done with the LAPC. He listed off a few events that he is excited to compete in to try to add to his Remington collection.

"The $1,100 EO is always a great one. All the $1,100's are great. I missed the $1,100 Omaha-8 but this is a good consolation," he said with a smile.

Congratulations again to Isaac Crow for taking down this prestigious title. See you at the next big one!

First Round of Notables in Today's Flight

Some of the biggest names in poker are here today to try and stake their claim to a Day 2 ticket in this massive multi day event. Ankush Mandavia is here riding high off an incredible 2016 in the poker world for him. We also spotted a pair of local brothers: Danny and Khang Nguyen. Danny went deep in the LAPC Main Event last year, busting out in 18th place. Check out those photos, and a few more, below.

Toby Lewis

Alex Massman

Danny Nguyen

Adam Volen

Ankush Mandavia

Khang Nguyen 

Over $500,000 Already in the Prize Pool

We just crossed the 250 player mark in today's flight, meaning we are well past $500,000 in the prize pool already. With tomorrow and Saturday's flights sure to be bigger than today's, it's likely that we will get up to $1.2 million at least in the middle. You have two hours to come down and join us now, or if you want to try and earn a discounted seat, our $175 satellite starts at 5 PM!

Cards in the Air: Second Flight of the Million Guaranteed Event

It's time for the second of four starting flights in this $1 Million Guaranteed Event at the 2017 LAPC. Yesterday saw 260 players come out for the opening flight, and we are expecting a similar number to that here today. Registration will be open until 5:30 PM, and all players will have one optional re-entry in that time frame as well.

The top 8% of players will be moving on to the finals on Sunday to battle it out for this massive first place prize.

LAPC Event #40 $1,000,000 Guaranteed Flight 1B

  • LAPC Event #44 
  • 2/16/17 - 1pm 
  • $1,100 Buy-in
  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed 
  • Flight 1B
  • 15,000 Starting Stack 
  • Levels 1-12 40 Minutes 
  • All Levels After - 60 Minutes
  • Late Register until 5:30pm 
  • One Re-entry per flight allowed
  • Day 2 Finals Sunday, February 19th 1pm

Event #43 $1,100 Omaha 8/PLO 8 or Better Results

Entries: 26 Prizepool: $26,000
Last First City State Prize
1 Tieman Joshua Cherry Hill NJ $11,700
2 Hanson Bart N Hollywood CA $7,020
3 Vilmunen Jani Vantaa Fin $4,420
4 Cowen Robert London UK $2,860

Event #44a $1,100 No Limit Hold'em $1 Million GTE Results and Chip Counts

$1,000,000 GUARANTEE
BUY IN: $1,000 S/C: $40 E/F: $60
Place Last Name First Name City State Chips
1 Taylor Christopher Brea CA 378,000
2 Duong Jack South Plainfield NJ 375,000
3 Fisher Walter New York NY 307,500
4 Eskandari Massoud Mission Viejo CA 282,000
5 Xiong Phia Sacramento CA 254,000
6 Stewart Scott Lakewood CA 249,000
7 Slusarek Patryk London UK 218,500
8 Hung Chen Yu Diamond Bar CA 199,000
9 Newton Justin Tuscon AZ 185,500
10 Davila Felipe Gardena CA 170,000
11 Racener John Tampa FL 154,000
12 Ma Lawrence Diamond Bar CA 153,000
13 Giardina Michael Palmdale CA 152,500
14 Nguyen Truong Fountain Valley CA 133,000
15 Rose Andy Las Vegas NV 126,500
16 Malkoun Peter Brookhaven PA 125,500
17 Chung Ben Los Angeles CA 121,000
18 Schock Mitch Bismarck ND 121,000
19 Friedman Arnie Westlake CA 82,500
20 Ngo Johnny Fountain Valley CA 71,000
21 Magar Guy Los Angeles CA 43,500
Finish Last First City State Prize
22 Schmidt Robert El Monte CA $2,000
23 Tahmazyan Lu Tujunga CA $2,000
24 Perez Benjamin Plainview TX $2,000
25 Sabag Marcel Tarzna CA $2,000
26 Khalili Sohale Los Angeles CA $2,000
27 Garcia Andres Salinas CA $2,000
28 Lachman Joshua Huntington Beach CA $1,600
29 Kizzire Harold Birmingham AL $1,600
30 Schwartz Marla Westlake CA $1,600
31 Yacoubian Macradij N Hollywood CA $1,600
32 Nguyen Huy-Khiem Berlin Germany $1,600
33 Lee Erick Los Angeles CA $1,600
Day 2 returns Sunday at 1pm