The World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic has just completed Day 3 of the event, with the players that survived into Day 4 now knowing that they have made the money and will not be joining the rest of the players who have been eliminated in going home with nothing.
There were 168 players charged with coming into Day 3 and trying to make that top 63 for Day 4, meaning that we had to see 105 eliminations throughout the course of the action. Though it took a level longer than expected, that number of players was finally reached with Jeremy Ausmus finishing at the top of the pile with 1,014,000 chips.
He had an excellent day at the felt on Day 3, taking his position at the top throughout the middle part of the day and pulling further in front by the end of it. Though he has a fairly good lead right now, there are plenty in the chasing pack that can still do him some damage, so he will not be thinking he has this thing won just yet.
His closest opponent is in fact Blake Barnhouse who is $200k behind, with the rest of the field not too far away from him. Things are certainly going to be interesting on Day 4.
Players Sent Home With Nothing!
With 105 players having to go home without any form of payout, it was expected that many big names would be amongst them. This was certainly the case as Eli Elezra, Vic Ramdin, Matt Affleck, Jonathan Aguiar, Jennifer Tilly, Shannon Shorr and the outspoken Brandon Cantu all finishing well below their own expectations.
Not to worry though, as there are still plenty of names to keep us all excited. Scott Seiver, Jennifer Harman, Phil Laak, Ryan Eriquezzo, Ana Marquez, Dan Shak and Jesse Slyvia are all still in with a fighting chance of doing something special in this event.
The Current Top Ten!
Jeremy Ausmus – 1,014,000
Blake Barousse – 815,000
Eric Froehlich – 755,000
Galen Hall – 734,000
David Tuthill – 613,000
Paul Volpe – 570,000
Ryan Franklin – 551,000
Benjamin Zamani – 499,000
Alexander Venovski – 415,000
Warwick Mirzikinian – 378,000
The event will yet again be getting underway at midday today local time, with that field looking to be shrunk down to either the last 18 players remaining or whoever is left after five levels of play. So if you are eager to find out which players have made it into Day 5, pop in to see us and read our latest report on Day 4 tomorrow.