Congratulations to Alex Massman, Winner of the 2018 LAPO Main Event!


Given how many key coin flips were at this final table, it seems only appropriate that the final hand was once again a race. In this hand, Adam Demersseman held [6h][6d], while Alex Massman had [Qh][Jh]. The flop of [As][8h][Jd] shot Massman out into the lead, and he kept that lead on the [Kc] turn and [8d] river.

Adam Demersseman will earn $90,340 for his efforts. This score along more than doubles his lifetime earnings coming into the tournament. But the night belongs to Alex Massman, who shared a funny story with us after the win. Today was the first time that Massman wore sunglasses at the table. He said his brother gave them to him, and rather than leave them laying around in his bag, he decided to give them a shot today. Well he might have found a new supersitiation at the table, as Massman will take home the full first place prize of $136,610, as well as a seat to the 2019 LAPC Main Event!

Congratulations again to Alex and Adam, and thank you to everyone who played here at the 2018 LA Poker Open!

Robert Schmidt Eliminated in 3rd Place ($66,570)


Not long after losing over half of his chips to Alex Massman, Robert Schmidt was in a great position to get them right back, when he was all in preflop with [Qs][Js], dominating the [Jh][9c] of Massman. The board ran down [Jc][7c][3h][Ks][10s], and Schmidt’s queen kicker played to earn him the double to 3.6 million.

However, his comeback would be short lived, as he busted on the next hand. After Massman raised, Schmidt moved all in with [Jh][7h]. Massman called with [Ad][9d], and his hand held on the [Qd][10c][9s][4h][9c] runout.

This gets us to heads up, with Alex Massman holding a 17.3 millionto 5.6 million lead over Adam Demersseman.

Antonio Mallol Heredia Eliminated in 4th Place ($49,610)


Antonio Mallol Heredia got his final chips in preflop holding [Ah][Jh], and he was dominating the [Ac][3c] of Alex Massman. The flop of [7h][4d][6c] gave Massman a gutshot straight draw, and while the [10s] on teh turn didn’t help, the [5c] on the river certainly did.

This gets us to the final three. They took a look at the numbers, but a deal couldn’t be struck, so we carry on. Here are the exact chip counts, at the 75,000-150,000 level.

Alex Massman - 10,275,000
Adam Demersseman - 8,300,000
Robert Schmidt - 4,650,000

Thomas Zanot Eliminated in 5th Place ($37,390)


Adam Demersseman raised it up, and Thomas Zanot moved all in for around two million. Demersseman quickly called, and once again, we were off to the races in a big pot.

Zanot: [7s][7d]
Demersseman: [Ah][Ks]

Demersseman shot out to the lead on the flop of [Kc][10h][3c], and Zanot wasn’t able to catch up from there, as the board finished out [Kd] and [8h].

The final four briefly talked about looking at the numbers, but eventually decided to carry on with play four handed.

Heredia Spikes River to Double

Antonio Mallol Heredia got his final 2.3 million in preflop holding [Ah][Kh], and he was dominating the [Ad][Qh] of chip leader Robert Schmidt. The window card immediately flipped the hand, as the flop came [Qd][10d][5s]. Heredia was now looking for a king or jack, and while the [6c] on the turn wasn’t that, the [Kc] on the river was.

Heredia and his supporters let out a cheer as he doubled up to nearly 5 million, while Schmidt hangs onto the lead with 6.6 million.

Demersseman Doubles Through Massman

Adam Demersseman moved all in for nearly 1.2 million preflop, and Alex Massman called from the big blind to put him at risk.

Massman: [Ah][8d]
Demersseman: [Kc][Jh]

Demersseman shot out to the lead on the flop of [Js][9h][7c], and now Massman would need an ace or ten to win now. The [4c] came on the turn, and the [2h] hit the river, giving Demersseman the double up.

Here is how the final five players currently stack up.

Blinds: 75,000-125,000

Robert Schmidt - 8,000,000
Alex Massman - 5,600,000
Thomas Zanot - 3,500,000
Adam Demersseman - 2,400,000
Antonio Mallol Heredia - 1,900,000

Cody Bell Eliminated in 6th Place ($28,510)


Alex Massman moved all in from the small blind, easily having Cody Bell covered in the big blind. Bell called as soon as he saw his hand, [Ad][9h], and he was ahead of the [Qs][10s] of Massman. The flop of [9c][6c][3s] gave Bell top piar, but Massman could still pair up to take the lead. He would do that on the [Qc] turn, and he made unnecessary trips with another queen on the river.

Massman adds to his five handed chip lead after that pot, while Bell will have to settle for nearly $30,000.

Massman Doubles Through Demersseman

Adam Demersseman, who has been by far the most active player at the final table so far, has just shipped out another double up, this time to Alex Massman. It was a classic coinflip preflop, with Massman holding [7d][7s] to the [Ah][Qc] of Demersseman. The flop of [Ac][Jh][7c] gave Demersseman top pair, but put Massman well out in front with a set of sevens.

The [8c] on the turn did give Demersseman a flush draw, but the [Js] completed the board instead. This gives Massman a double to over three million, while Demersseman takes another big hit to his stack.

Zanot Doubles Through Demersseman

Thomas Zanot and Adam Demersseman got the last of Zanot’s chips in after a flop of [Qd][9c][3s]. Zanot’s [Qc][Jc] was in good shape against the [9d][7s] of Demersseman, and the [Jh] on the turn meant that Demersseman could only win with a nine now. A three came instead, and Zanot scored a nice double up.

We will post updated stacks for all seven players remaining shortly.

Elvis Toomas Eliminated in 8th Place ($17,160)


Elvis Toomas looked to be in great shape to secure a big double up, when he got his final chips in preflop holding [Ad][Ah], dominating the [As][Ks] of Adam Demersseman. The flop of [10d][6s][2s] gave Demersseman new life, and he picked up even more outs with the [Jh] turn. He wouldn’t get the queen, but the [Js] on the river did give him a flush.

Toomas took the bad beat in stride as he hit the payout desk, while Demersseman also showed no emotion despite the huge suckout.

This gets us to our final seven players.

Heredia Doubles Through Demersseman

Antonio Mallol Heredia and Adam Demersseman got into a big coinflip preflop, with Heredia holding [6d][6s] to the [As][Ks] of Demersseman. The flop of [Qs][8h][7h] didn’t bring Demersseman much help, but the [Js] on the turn gave him a royal flush draw. However, the [4c] completed the board, and the mid pair was good to ship a huge pot over to the Spaniard.

Schmidt Doubles Through Bell

Robert Schmidt and Cody Bell went heads up to a flop of [9h][4s][3d]. Bell fired out 800,000, and Schmidt moved all in for 1.925 million total. Bell tanked for about a minute before calling with [6d][5d] for a straight draw and backdoor flush draw. Schmidt held [10s][10h], and the over pair would hold after the [As] turn and [3h] river.

Schmidt scoops a huge pot to become one of the leaders with over four million, while Bell tumbles down to about 2.5 million.