WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event

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shutterstock_37627897In Los Angeles, the Commerce Casino is preparing for another poker surge through the casino doors as the Main Event of the WPT is ready to go with buy-ins settled at $10,000 a head.

Last year, in exchange for the hefty price tag 549 players started with 30k in chips to begin their challenge at a cut of the massive $5,270,400 announced as the prize pool when registration were closed. After a 5 day braw the last 6 took the final table in what was an impressive last dash for the top prize, which was capped at $1,370,240.

In the end it was Sean Jazayeri who stormed over the finish line to grab the million dollars plus bounty for collecting all the chips. To get there Jazayeri was faced with 5 of pokers top brass. The well established Jason Somerville was in the line-up who has a WSOP bracelet after winning the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em in the 42nd World Series of Poker. Another bracelet winner was also at the final table with USA’s Daniel Kelly making the mark.

Kelly has over $2.3 million in career earnings with his biggest win coming in 2010 when he successfully took down the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed tournament at the 41st World Series of Poker. Also, Jason Burt was in the running with one WPT event already under his belt back in 2009 when he came 5th in the $15,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship in which for his part he took a nice $208,725.

With plenty of talent at the table things weren’t easy for Sean Jazayeri, but he pushed through with strength and consistency all the way to the finish line. The top 3 looked like this and with top names at the top of the list in 2012 we can expect 2013 to be just as good.

2012 Final Table

1st Sean Jazayeri $1,370,240

2nd David Sands $806,370

3rd Daniel Kelly $521,770

4th Noah Schwartz $355,750

5th Jason Burt $252,980

6th Jason Somerville $202,910

Alongside the main event there are also plenty of side tournaments spread across a mix of poker styles. The whole WPT event will run the course of the next 9 days and with just a look at the next week’s worth of action it looks like there are going to a few more big winners walking out the doors of the Commerce Casino with full wallets.

WPT Schedule

Saturday $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event 6 Days

Sunday $2,080 No Limit Six Handed 2 Days

Monday $550 Pot Limit Omaha Six Handed Re-buys 2 Days

Tuesday $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Six Handed 2 Days

Wednesday $2080 Commerce 8 Game Mix 2 Days

Thursday $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Bounty Turbo 1 Day

Friday $340 No Limit Hold’em Doublestack Turbo 3 Days