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Friday, February 17, 2017

Some Updated Chip Counts From Flight 1C

Blinds: 800-1,600 Players Left: 99 Average: 68,400

Kirk Acevedo - 130,000
Cate Hall - 130,000
Deepinder Singh - 125,000
Hunter Moss - 125,000
Jesse Yaginuma - 118,000
Alex Massman - 113,000
Nick Phoenix - 110,000
Dan Heimiller - 106,000
David Levi - 90,000

Player Profile: Josh Tieman, Winner of the $1,100 Omaha-8/PLO8 Event


Josh Tieman came to the LAPC two weeks ago, and has been on quite a tear since he arrived. First he finished runner up in the $1,100 No-Limit Event after a three way chop, earning over $20,000 for his efforts. Then, he followed that up with an outright victory in the $1,100 Omaha 8/PLO 8 event, taking home over $11,000.

"I'm pretty excited. It was a long final table. I came in 3rd in chips and immediately lost three big pots so I was pretty short most of the day. I just couldn't get anything going but then we got down to 3-4 handed and I hit a good rush and won all of the chips."

Tieman admits that he is fairly new to Omaha 8-or-Better. Usually a No-Limit Hold'em or Pot-Limit Omaha player, Tieman has taken well to the transition of the split pot variety.

"I was feeling pretty good. I played the Limit O-8 and got 12th there so finished short of the money but I felt like I was playing well and I'm kind of new to the limit version of the game. It's just kind of a different game for me I'm used to Pot-Limit and No-Limit so betting like 1/8 of the pot is unusual for me. It's more of a math based game you have to calculate pot odds in all these situations."



This event provided a unique wrinkle in that play would flip from Limit to Pot-Limit. That presented a number of challenges, namely how aggressively to play one version over the other. For Tieman, he was mainly focused on not over thinking things, and simply played the cards in front of him.

"I'm definitely a lot more comfortable playing Pot-Limit over regular but I kind of felt like I should just play the hands dealt. In either game you can't bluff that much you can bluff a bit but you kind of have to have a strong hand to get involved."

Tieman said after the victory that the rest of his LAPC schedule is up in the air.

"I'm not sure if I'm going to stick around for the Main and the $5k PLO. I'm kind of on the fence about that. I'm playing pretty much all of the mixed games. I'm looking forward to that."

Be sure to stay tuned to our coverage to find out if Tieman can keep his string of impressive results going!

What's Coming Up: Final Day of the $1 Million Guaranteed Event

Tomorrow is the fourth and final flight of the biggest event of the schedule so far, the $1,100 buy-in $1 Million Guaranteed Event. After three flights, we have already exceeded the guarantee, and we fully expect tomorrow to be the biggest flight of them all, meaning we could easily be looking at $1.5 million in the prize pool, if not more. That flight will be starting up at 12 PM, with registration open until 4:30 PM.

At 6 PM, we are running another Rebuy event. That tournament has a buy-in of $150, and unlimited $100 rebuys will be allowed until 9:30 PM. This event has a guarantee of $50,000, and is a two day event ending on Sunday at 3 PM.

We wrap up the night with another $1,100 Main Event Satellite. Like all the ones before, it will be guaranteeing at least two $10,000 Main Event Seats. It should be a great day of poker action, so don't miss out!

By the Numbers: Already Over the $1 Million Guarantee

The third flight of this massive $1 Million Guaranteed Event drew 452 players, meaning we have already surpassed the guarantee with the last and biggest flight still to come tomorrow. The top 57 players will be making the money tonight, with the final 36 punching a coveted Day 2 ticket. Check out the full breakdown of the payouts below.

1-36. Day 2
37-46. $2,000
47-57. $1,600

Some Notables Off to a Good Start

We just went around the room to jot down some notables who have at least doubled their starting stack of 15,000 already. One player unfortunately not on that list is Kelly Minkin, who busted shortly after the break.

Blinds: 250-500

Dan Heimiller - 58,000
Kevin Song - 54,000
Jared Griener - 52,000
Kirk Acevedo - 49,000
Thomas Zanot - 46,000
David Levi - 45,000
Ankush Mandavia - 37,000
Michael Katz - 36,000
Danny Illingworth - 36,000
Mike Shariati - 34,000

A Few More Snapshots From Today's Play

We have a few more snapshots for you guys from today's flight, which is up to nearly 450 players. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Tuan Le is here, as is actor Kirk Acevedo. We also spotted Josh Tieman, the most recent Remington winner who won the $1,100 Omaha 8/PLO8 event a couple of days ago.

Registration is just about to close in this flight, so if you want to hop in you'd better hurry!

Tuan Le

Josh Tieman

Kirk Acevedo

Mark Gregorich

The $175 Mega Now Underway

You have two more chances to earn a discounted seat to this massive $1,100 Event, and your first chance just started. This is a $175 buy-in mega satellite that will be guaranteeing at least ten $1,100 seats. Registration for this satellite will be open until 7:15 PM.

If you can't brave the rain for this one, we have a $150 satellite at 9 PM where the WPT is adding extra seats to the guarantee. Another ten $1,100 seats, at least, will be handed out in that satellite as well.

Keeping Our Eye on Kelly Minkin Today


Kelly Minkin stormed onto the live poker scene in 2015 after she finished third in the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open for over $260,000, and followed that up with being the last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event when she finished 29th, earning another massive score of over $200,000. But her big run that year started right here at the LAPC, when she took down a $570 buy-in $250,000 Guaranteed Event for over $54,000.

The part-time player is a full-time attorney in Arizona, and comes up to Commerce Casino on the occasional weekend to try and bink another big score. She is here today, and she decided to have a little fun with her Twitter followers. Yesterday, Minkin tweeted the following..


Her tweet has gotten over 200 responses and nearly 70 retweets. Minkin has taken her seat in today's flight, and we will be sure to keep tabs on her throughout the day. Good luck Kelly!

Some Snapshots From Flight 1C

We have our first round of player photos for you guys from today's third flight. Joanthan McGowan, who won a Remington Trophy last year in the $1,100 Heads-Up event, is here looking to add to his trophy collection in this event. We also spotted a pair of broadcast celebrities: Bruce Buffer of the UFC, and David Tuchman of WSOP fame. Check out those photos, and a couple others, below.

Jonathan McGowan

Patrick Chan 

Craig Chait

Bruce Buffer

David Tuchman

First Break of the Third Flight

It might be raining cats and dogs outside, but that hasn't put a damper on the numbers for this flight. So far, 352 players have entered, meaning we over $900,000 with two and a half hours still left to register. Of course, we also have tomorrow's flight, which will be the biggest of the fourth, so we are looking at close to $1.5 million likely in the prize pool. Come down and join us!

Cards in the Air: Third Flight of the $1 Million Guaranteed Event

We already have $600,000 in the middle for the Million Guaranteed Event with the third flight having just kicked off in the tournament room. Registration will remain open until 5:30 PM today. The top 8% will be moving on to the finals on Sunday to play for this massive first place prize.

A reminder that if you'd like to take your shot at a discounted seat, you will have one more chance to do so today at 5 PM with our $175 satellite. These satellites guarantee ten seats, though in the last two days, 30 seats were given out each day. Good luck players!

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

  • LAPC Event #44 
  • 2/17/17 - 1pm 
  • $1,100 Buy-in
  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed 
  • Flight 1C
  • 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 44 Totals Through 2 Flights

So far, 47 player have punched their ticket into day 2 of this $1 million guarantee Event. With 2 flights yet to play, chip position is sure to change, but here is a list of the chip counts from all of those who have qualified through the first two flights.


LAPC EVENT 44
ENTRIES: 580
$1,100 NO LIMIT HOLD'EM 
$1,000,000 GUARANTEE
BUY IN: $500 S/C: $20 E/F: $50
2/15/2017-2/16/2017 Totals
Last Name First Name City State Chip Count
1 Mizzi Marcus Toronto Canada 542,000
2 Taylor Christopher Brea CA 378,000
3 Duong Jack South Plainfield NJ 375,000
4 Lindsay Katie Los Angeles CA 322,500
5 Fisher Walter New York NY 307,500
6 Ryis Alvin "Mick" San Diego CA 289,000
7 Eskandari Massoud Mission Viejo CA 282,000
8 Bellavance Simon Orange CA 269,500
9 Kweskin Aaron Los Angeles CA 269,000
10 Xiong Phia Sacramento CA 254,000
11 Stewart Scott Lakewood CA 249,000
12 Kellstrom Dana Stevenson Ranch CA 233,000
13 Slusarek Patryk London UK 218,500
14 Lopez Wilbert Los Angeles CA 202,500
15 Hung Chen Yu Diamond Bar CA 199,000
16 Nguyen Turbo Los Angeles CA 189,000
17 Mizzi Sorel Toronto Canada 188,500
18 Newton Justin Tuscon AZ 185,500
19 Juarez Juvenal Sherman Oaks CA 181,500
20 Baker David Sahuarita AZ 181,000
21 Nolbandyan Joe Studio City CA 174,000
22 Davila Felipe Gardena CA 170,000
23 Racener John Tampa FL 154,000
24 Ma Lawrence Diamond Bar CA 153,000
25 Giardina Michael Palmdale CA 152,500
26 Ojeda Lou Miami FL 150,500
27 Friedman Ima Woodland Hills CA 136,500
28 Nguyen Truong Fountain Valley CA 133,000
29 Rose Andy Las Vegas NV 126,500
30 Malkoun Peter Brookhaven PA 125,500
31 Pearson Michael San Francisco CA 124,500
32 Chung Ben Los Angeles CA 121,000
33 Schock Mitch Bismarck ND 121,000
34 Dobrovolskii Vladimir Russia 109,500
35 Lineberger Maxwell Chino Hills CA 103,000
36 Karnofsky Harlan Sacramento CA 98,500
37 Flores Nancy Ventura CA 90,000
38 Weiss Joshua La Jolla CA 86,500
39 Friedman Arnie Westlake CA 82,500
40 Lennon Jeff Fresno CA 78,263
41 Iraheta Evelyn Walnut Creek CA 76,500
42 Ngo Johnny Fountain Valley CA 71,000
43 Javadzadeh Behzad Orange CA 71,000
44 Lui Travin Santa Ana CA 63,000
45 Jazayeri Sean Irvine CA 48,500
46 Magar Guy Los Angeles CA 43,500
47 Jurgens Nichoel Long Beach CA 28,500

LAPC Event 44B Results and Chip Counts


LAPC EVENT #44
DAY 1B ENTRIES 320
$1,100 NO LIMIT HOLD'EM
$1,000,000 GUARANTEE
2/16/17
Place Last Name First Name City State Chips
1 Mizzi Marcus Toronto Canada 542,000
2 Lindsay Katie Los Angeles CA 322,500
3 Ryis Alvin "Mick" San Diego CA 289,000
4 Bellavance Simon Orange CA 269,500
5 Kweskin Aaron Los Angeles CA 269,000
6 Kellstrom Dana Stevenson Ranch CA 233,000
7 Lopez Wilbert Los Angeles CA 202,500
8 Nguyen Turbo Los Angeles CA 189,000
9 Mizzi Sorel Toronto Canada 188,500
10 Juarez Juvenal Sherman Oaks CA 181,500
11 Baker David Sahuarita AZ 181,000
12 Nolbandyan Joe Studio City CA 174,000
13 Ojeda Lou Miami FL 150,500
14 Friedman Ima Woodland Hills CA 136,500
15 Pearson Michael San Francisco CA 124,500
16 Dobrovolskii Vladimir Russia 109,500
17 Lineberger Maxwell Chino Hills CA 103,000
18 Karnofsky Harlan Sacramento CA 98,500
19 Flores Nancy Ventura CA 90,000
20 Weiss Joshua La Jolla CA 86,500
21 Lennon Jeff Fresno CA 78,263
22 Iraheta Evelyn Walnut Creek CA 76,500
23 Javadzadeh Behzad Orange CA 71,000
24 Lui Travin Santa Ana CA 63,000
25 Jazayeri Sean Irvine CA 48,500
26 Jurgens Nichoel Long Beach CA 28,500
Finish Last First City State Prize
27 Mullennix Zachary Ft Lauderdale FL $2,000
28 Fagerbakke William Topanga CA $2,000
29 Foxen William Los Angeles CA $2,000
30 Smith Douglas Laguna Hills CA $2,000
31 Aalvik Davis Las Vegas NV $2,000
32 Volen Adam Fullerton CA $2,000
33 Massman Alexander Calabasas CA $2,000
34 Chauriye Rabah Fabian Conlepcion Chile $1,600
35 Jin Xiao Upland CA $1,600
36 Orillo Marc Valencia CA $1,600
37 Halioua Michel Thornhill CA $1,600
38 Healy Edward Encinitias CA $1,600
39 Warkol Jordan Chatsworth CA $1,600
40 Petrov Zahari Monterey Park CA $1,600
Day 2 returns Sunday at 1pm