WPT LA Poker Classic Day 3 – Yaginuma Leading 63


Day 3 at the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic managed to do what it set out to do and reduce the field sufficiently enough for the bubble period to burst and leave the remaining players with the knowledge they have made the money.

The day started with 174 players and we needed to see 111 eliminations throughout the course of the day to ensure that Day 4 will start with all of the players in the money. It eventually happened when the unfortunate Gordon Vavo was eliminated as the bubble boy.

The chip leader in the event is currently Jesse Yaginuma after his finishing stack at the end of the day was 804,000. There are a number of big names chasing him down in the top ten however such as Jennifer Tilly, Bryn Kenney, Dan O’Brien and Mukul Pahuja.

Also still in with a shout in the event are the likes of Chris Moorman, Matthew Waxman, Greg Merson and PokerStars Team Pros Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchalov and Jonathan Duhamel.


Whilst they are some very big names left in the event, there were arguably names just as big that were eliminated on Day 3. Out of the event with no money went Mohsin Charania, Paul Volpe, Marvin Rettenmaier, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Scott Seiver, Dan Smith and Daniel Negreanu.


Day 4 will now see those 63 players attempt to try and make it to the final two tables and 18 players remaining. The action will start at 12pm PT and promises to be another frantic day at the felt as the players jostle for the best payouts possible.

The Current Top Ten

1st) Jesse Yaginuma – 804,000

2nd) Glenn Lafaye – 760,000

3rd) Jennifer Tilly – 639,500

4th) Bryn Kenney – 602,000

5th) Michael Rocco – 588,000

6th) Allen Pock – 574,500

7th) Adam Friedman – 520,500

8th) Huy Lam – 499,000

9th) Dan O’Brien – 450,000

10th) Mukul Pahuja – 429,500

In other World Poker Tour news, there was another event being played out in London over the past few days. The WPT National London event saw its final day start with 24 players, each of them having aspirations at winning the title. In the end though, it was an incredibly successful online tournament player that finally managed to take down a live event.

Laurence Houghton has amassed online earnings of more than $5.5 million and although the £27,500 he took home here is small in comparison, he would have been extremely happy to claim a live title. The final hand saw him see off Arvin Ravindran when his Kx-Qx proved too strong for his opponents 7x-6x on a board of 4x-Jx-9x-Kx-10x.

How It Finished Up

1st) Laurence Houghton – £27,500

2nd) Arvin Ravindran – £19,400

3rd) Darren Holt – £12,500

4th) Chaz Chattha – £9,300

5th) David Gassian – £6,900

6th) Bobbie Brummitt – £5,540

7th) Steve Owens – £4,610

8th)Edjis Cergars – £3,680

9th) James Mitchell – £2,760