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  • WPT Los Angeles Poker Classic Day 3 Features 182 Remaining Players

    Sunday, February 26th, 2012 by Ryan

We recently wrote up an article about the World Poker Tour’s Los Angeles Poker Classic, which has quickly become one of the most talked about poker tournaments on the tour, and also in the game today. The event features a very nice $10k buy-in, and also draws in some of the biggest names in poker consistently. The player list for 2012 is no different, as it features players like Phil Ivey, Erick Lindgren, Joe Hachem, Barry Greenstein, Jonathan Little, JC Tran, Shaun Deeb, Jason Somerville, John Racener, Phil Hellmuth, Vanessa Rousso, David Pham, Phil Collins, Jennifer Harman, Liv Boeree, David Sands, and many other players. Interestingly enough, those names listed above are actually ALL still alive going into Day 3, which means that we could be looking at a home stretch that will feature some huge poker names.

What also was interesting about this event is that late registration ran all the way until the start of Day 2 of the event, so many players had a chance to buy-in late if they were looking to get in the action after some eliminations had already occurred. When all was said and done with the amount of players buying in, we ended up having 549 players, but when Day 2 came to an end there were only 182 players remaining in the action. This was an incredible stretch of players sent home, and it’ll set up some interesting play on Day’s 3 and 4 as well.

When Day 2 came to an end, the top three players in terms of chip stacks were all within 5k chips of each other. A few of the big names listed above who were still remaining had also won World Poker Tour events in the past, and these names included Greenstein, Lindgren, Hachem, Tran, Ivey, Little, and also players like Scott Seiver, John Hennigan, and Gavin Griffin. As far as the other big names who were still around to go with those others listed above, it included the likes of Greg Mueller, Billy Baxter, Chau Giang, Matt Stout, Christian Harder, Tom Marchese, Andrew Lichtenberger, and many others.

The eventual winner of this event will take down a nice pay day of $1.3 million, and anyone who makes it into the top 54 players (the cash) will win $20k. While first place pays out $1,370,240, second place will also pay out $806,370, and third place pays out $521,770 to round out the players who will take home over half a million for their efforts at this event. Currently, Gordon Vayo finds himself in first place with 284k chips, Behzad Teranie is in second with 280k chips, and the previously mentioned Greg Mueller is in 3rd place with 279,700 chips. It is also worth noting that Shaun Deeb is sitting in 10th currently with 197,400 chips.

It’ll be interesting to watch which big names (if any) are able to make a deep run in this event. One player who everyone will have their eye on though is the famous Phil Ivey, who recent returned to the live poker tournament circuit after staying away from the game after Black Friday hit the United States and the fall out surround Full Tilt Poker was still going on.

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