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Level 18 Begins on the Money Bubble (28 Left)

09:59 PM, 04/27/15

"Jack-Rainbow" is the Latest Poker Slang

09:50 PM, 04/27/15

Lee Markholt Eliminated by Zo Karim

08:39 PM, 04/27/15

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06:50 PM, 04/27/15

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06:10 PM, 04/27/15

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01:43 PM, 04/27/15

Day 3: Official Seating & Chip Counts

01:41 AM, 04/27/15

Michael Rocco Leads the Final 68 Players

12:19 AM, 04/27/15

Coming Soon: WPT Amsterdam (May 11th-16th)

10:51 PM, 04/26/15

David Tuthill Doubles Thru Jason Mercier

09:41 PM, 04/26/15

Team partypoker Pro and Retired NHL Player Ken Daneyko

09:15 PM, 04/26/15

Team partypoker pro Jamie Kerstetter Live on Twitch

06:44 PM, 04/26/15

Video: The WPT Players Party at Mixx Nightclub

06:40 PM, 04/26/15

Anthony Zinno: WPT Player of the Year!

06:23 PM, 04/26/15

This Weekend: partypoker WPT Canadian Spring Championship

05:24 PM, 04/26/15

Allen Kessler: "I Know I Beat You, But I Can't Beat Him"

05:19 PM, 04/26/15

Jake Bazeley Eliminated by Jason Mercier

05:09 PM, 04/26/15

Anthony Zinno Eliminated by Glenn Lafaye

04:52 PM, 04/26/15

Official Prizepool: $3,462,050

04:24 PM, 04/26/15

Coming This Summer: WPT500 at ARIA

03:43 PM, 04/26/15

partypoker Pro Jamie Kerstetter Talks About Twitch

02:03 PM, 04/26/15

ClubWPT Qualifier Jim McLaughlin

12:11 PM, 04/26/15

Eric Panayiotou Leads the WPT World Championship into Day 2

10:10 PM, 04/25/15

Daniel Negreanu Eliminated by Larry Ormson

09:25 PM, 04/25/15

Coming Soon: WPTDeepStacks Iowa (May 1st-4th)

08:57 PM, 04/25/15

Video: partypoker Qualifiers Tim Reilly & Michael Azzaro

08:00 PM, 04/25/15

The WPT's Top Two All-Time Money Winners: Carlos Mortensen and Daniel Negreanu

07:23 PM, 04/25/15

WPT Player Party Tonight @ Mixx (9 pm-11 pm)

07:01 PM, 04/25/15

Coming Soon: partypoker WPT Canadian Spring Championship

06:29 PM, 04/25/15

ClubWPT Qualifier Jim McLaughlin Eliminated

05:39 PM, 04/25/15

Save 25% on Monster Headphones with "WPT25"

03:52 PM, 04/25/15

Video: Welcome to the WPT World Championship at Borgata

02:53 PM, 04/25/15

WPTDeepStacks Player of the Year: Ryan Smith

02:09 PM, 04/25/15

The Beginning of the Final Event of Season XIII

11:22 AM, 04/25/15

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Day 2 Chip Counts and Seating Assignments

Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Commerce Casino, L.A. Poker Classic, Season X
07:47 AM, 02/25/12

WPT L.A. Poker Classic, Day 1 Recap

Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

By BJ Nemeth

6123a Phil Ivey
The big news of the day was the appearance of Phil Ivey, who hadn't played any tournaments in the United States since Black Friday hit on April 15, 2011.

4937 Shuffle Up and Deal
Poker Hall of Famer and WPT Commentator Mike Sexton welcomes the players to Day 1 of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, along with his commentating partner Vince Van Patten, Raw Deal host Tony Dunst, WPT Anchor Marianela Pereyra, and Royal Flush Girls Brittany Bell, Danielle Ruiz, Ivy Teves, and Tugba Ercan.

5002 Featured Table Daniel Negreanu Kathy Liebert Jason Somerville
The Commerce Casino had a featured table in the front of the room. The overhead flop cam can be seen extending over the table on a long pole.

4993 Featured Table Daniel Negreanu Kathy Liebert Jason Somerville
Commerce's Day 1 Featured Table began with Daniel Negreanu (seat 1), Kathy Liebert (seat 2), Jason Somerville (seat 4), and Ted Lawson (seat 6).

Negreanu was entertaining fans by talking directly to the camera, but the fun didn't last long -- Negreanu was eliminated in Level 2 when he flopped a set of sixes against David "The Dragon" Pham's set of kings. (Pham was a late arrival, but not late enough to save Negreanu.)

5141 Michael Mizrachi Doubles Up
Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi won the WPT L.A. Poker Classic back in Season III (2005), earning more than $1.85 million.

5091 Phil Ivey and Eric Hershler
Phil Ivey surprised a lot of people when he showed up an hour after play started to register for the event. Ivey won this event back in Season VI (2008), but had only played a couple of overseas tournaments in the past 10 months.

5292 Phil Ivey All In
During Level 2, Phil Ivey (right) had three-bet the flop and then moved all in on the turn with the board showing Aclub7heart5spadeJclub. His opponent (second from left) tanked for several minutes before somebody called a clock -- the player eventually folded.

Ivey finished the day very strong, playing 8-4 very aggressively and catching a straight on the turn to win a big pot, and then cracking aces with 10-10 to bust a player in the final minutes -- they had gotten it all in after Ivey had flopped a set of tens.

Ivey skyrocketed up the leaderboard late to finish fifth in chips with 116,300.

5105 Marianela Pereyra and Casey Hidle
WPT Anchor Marianela Pereyra (filling in for Kimberly Lansing on maternity leave) interviews ClubWPT.com qualifier Casey Hidle during the first break.

5451 Dylan Hortin and William Reynolds
Dylan Hortin (left) and William Reynolds have been named to the WPT's "Ones to Watch" list. The Ones to Watch will be profiled on the TV show so fans can follow their progress as they seek their first WPT title.

5622 Maria Ho and Joe Hachem
Maria Ho listens as Joe Hachem tells a story to the table. Ho is another player on the WPT's "Ones to Watch" list, while Hachem is in an elite club of players who have won WPT titles and the WSOP Main Event. (Five players have done it: Doyle Brunson, Dan Harrington, Carlos Mortensen, Scotty Nguyen, and Joe Hachem.)

5450 Phil Hellmuth
You know who would like to be in that elite club with Hachem? Phil Hellmuth. He won the WSOP Main Event back in 1989, but even though he's made four WPT final tables, he has yet to win a WPT title.

5872 Kara Scott and Jen Harman
Kara Scott (left) and Jennifer Harman were having fun seated side-by-side on Day 1. Both players survived the day with roughly average chip stacks.

5892 Xuan Liu
Xuan Liu has won more than $1.1 million in the past 12 months, including a third-place finish at EPT San Remo last spring and a fourth-place finish at the PCA last month. Unfortunately, Liu won't be making her first WPT final table this month, as she was eliminated in the final hour of play when she ran into Amit Makhija's set of jacks.

6053 Dee Dozier
After cashing in her first-ever open WPT event two months ago (the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas), singer Dee Dozier is looking to make it 2-for-2 here at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic.

5936 Vanessa Rousso
Vanessa Rousso was at one of the more memorable WPT final tables of last season, ultimately finishing third behind winner Antonio Esfandiari. Rousso has won more than $780,000 on the World Poker Tour in her career.

5948 Liv Boeree
Liv Boeree is a triple threat, with a degree in astrophysics, heavy metal guitar skills, and serious poker chops. Boeree has won more than $2.1 million in her career, highlighted by a victory in the 2010 EPT San Remo main event.

5764 Lauren Kling
Lauren Kling has six WSOP cashes and three WPT cashes on her resume, including back-to-back cashes here at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic the past two years. Can she make it three years in a row?

6012 Jonathan Duhamel
Jonathan Duhamel catapulted to an early lead during the first level, and continued strong throughout the day to finish 13th in chips with 98,950. He also finished second in the $5,000 prelim event that finished the night before, continuing a hot streak in 2012 for Duhamel as he was named the ClubWPT.com Player of the Day.

Day 1 came to an end after five levels with 373 players remaining. (Registration remains open until the start of Day 2.) Here's a look at the top chip counts from the official list released by the casino:

1.  Michael Rocco  -  156,200
2.  Tuan Phan  -  141,500
3.  Chance Kornuth  -  131,275
4.  Travis Carson  -  118,950
5.  Phil Ivey  -  116,300

Day 2 begins Saturday at 12:00 noon PT. Return to WPT.com for continuing live coverage throughout the day.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Phil Ivey, Mike Sexton, Vince Van Patten, Tony Dunst, Marianela Pereyra, Royal Flush Girls, Brittany Bell, Danielle Ruiz, Ivy Teves, Tugba Ercan, Daniel Negreanu, Kathy Liebert, Jason Somerville, Ted Lawson, Michael Mizrachi, Eric Hershler, David Chiu, Casey Hidle, ClubWPT, Dylan Hortin, William Reynolds, Maria Ho, Joe Hachem, Phil Hellmuth, Kara Scott, Jennifer Harman, Xuan Liu, Dee Dozier, Vanessa Rousso, Liv Boeree, Lauren Kling, Jonathan Duhamel, Commerce Casino, L.A. Poker Classic, Season X
03:17 AM, 02/25/12

ClubWPT Player of the Day - Jonathan Duhamel

Level 6: 200-400, 50 ante

Sorted In: Featured Blog, ClubWPT Player of the Day, Jessica Welman, Jonathan Duhamel, Commerce Casino, L.A. Poker Classic, Season X
11:16 PM, 02/24/12

Day 1 Ends With Michael Rocco Leading and Around 395 Players Left

Level 5: 150-300, 25 ante

The players have cleared out of the tournament area and Day 1 of the LA Poker Classic is officially over.  Approximately 395 players remain and the chip leader appears to be Michael Rocco, who ended Day 1 with 156,200 chips.

Rocco spent most of the last level out front of the pack, but Tuan Phan came on strong late to end with 141,500 from the 30,000-chip starting stack.  While Phan ended on an upswing, Jonathan Duhamel had some tough hands late in the day and ended with 98,850 chips after reaching as high as 110,000.

The field is currently at 523, but the number should go up at least a couple of ticks since registration is open up until play begins tomorrow at 12pm.  The Commerce is still running satellites into the Main Event all the way iup until registration closes.

Day 2 the players will be back in action for five more levels of play.  Be sure to check back in when play resumes at 12pm and stay tuned for official chip counts, a photo recap of Day 1, and a new episode of "Jess and BJ."

Here are the top five unofficial chip counts from the end of Day 1:

1. Michael Rocco - 156,200
2. Tuan Phan - 141,500
3. David Pham - 103,175
4. Tyler Patterson - 99,250
5. Jonathan Duhamel - 98,950

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Michael Rocco, Tuan Phan, Jonathan Duhamel, Commerce Casino, L.A. Poker Classic, Season X
08:53 PM, 02/24/12

Kathy Liebert Eliminated

Level 5: 150-300, 25 ante

Kathy Liebert was just eliminated when her A-K failed to catch up to her opponent's Q-Q, all in preflop.

Kathy Liebert  -  Eliminated

Sorted In: Kathy Liebert, Commerce Casino, L.A. Poker Classic, Season X
08:13 PM, 02/24/12

Eric Cloutier Doubles Thru Blair Hinkle

Level 5: 150-300, 25 ante

With a substantial number of chips already in the pot and the board reading Kspade8club7heart6spade, Eric Cloutier mvoes all-in for 33,725.  Blair Hinkle is the only other player in the hand and thinks a bit before calling.

Cloutier shows Kclub7club for two pair, kings and sevens, prompting Hinkle to sigh and say, "Bad call."  He then turns over his hand, 7diamond8heart for two pair, sevens and eights.

The river 5spade is a good card for Cloutier and he takes in the massive pot to double up.

Eric Cloutier - 98,000
Blair Hinkle - 7,500

Sorted In: Eric Cloutier, Blair Hinkle, Commerce Casino, L.A. Poker Classic, Season X
08:06 PM, 02/24/12

Xuan Liu and Elky Grospellier Eliminated

Level 5: 150-300, 25 ante

The very next hand after Xuan Liu is crippled by Amit Makhija, Makhija raises to 700 from early position, several players call, and Liu calls all-in for her last 100.

The flop comes 7heart4diamond2diamond and Elky Grospellier bets out of the blinds, getting one caller.  The turn brings the 4club and Grospellier bets 3,125. The other  player in the hand announces he is all-in, having Grospellier's remaining 15,000 or so easily covered.

Grospellier takes a while before calling with 4heart5heart for trip fours.  His opponent has him outkicked with Aheart4spade.  Liu is drawing dead with Qclub3spade.

The river is the Kdiamond and both Grospellier and Liu are eliminated.

Sorted In: Elky Grospellier, Xuan Liu, Commerce Casino, L.A. Poker Classic, Season X
07:46 PM, 02/24/12

Owais Ahmed Talks Legends of Poker at the LAPC

Level 5: 150-300, 25 ante

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Owais Ahmed, Jessica Welman, Commerce Casino, L.A. Poker Classic, Season X
07:45 PM, 02/24/12

Amit Makhija Doubles Thru Xuan Liu

Level 5: 150-300, 25 ante

With around 4,300 in the pot and the board reading Jspade4heart2spade7heart, Xuan Liu cehcks from the small blind and Amit Makhija bets 2,400 from middle position.  Liu check-raises to 5,600 total and Makhija calls.

The river brings the Adiamond and Liu thinks for a while before moving all-in for 17,825 total.  Makhija checks his cards quickly then calls, having roughly the same amount.

Aces?" Liu asks.  Makhija doesn't have pocket aces, but he does have a set with JspadeJdiamond for a set of jacks.  Liu mucks and the dealer counts down the two stacks.  Turns out Liu has Makhija covered by 125 chips and is still alive for the time being.

Amit Makhija - 50,000
Xuan Liu - 125

Sorted In: Xuan Liu, Amit Makhija, Commerce Casino, L.A. Poker Classic, Season X
07:37 PM, 02/24/12

ClubWPT.com Qualifier Casey Hidle

Level 5: 150-300, 25 ante

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Jessica Welman, Casey Hidle, ClubWPT, Commerce Casino, L.A. Poker Classic, Season X
07:10 PM, 02/24/12



Ray Qartomy 930,000 
Asher Conniff 880,000 
Simon Lam 730,000 
David Tuthill 645,000 
Jake Schindler 640,000 
Keven Stammen 598,000 

Average Chip Count: 426,785
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Players Remaining:

28 of 239

Time Remaining:

Payout Structure

Place Prize
1 $973,683
2 $573,779
3 $330,358
4 $267,764
5 $208,647
6 $173,873
7 $139,098
8 $104,324
9 $69,549
10 - 12 $45,207
13 - 15 $38,252
16 - 18 $34,775
19 - 27 $31,297

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 75-150 25
2 100-200 25
3 150-300 50
4 200-400 50
5 250-500 75
6 300-600 75
7 400-800 100
8 500-1,000 100
9 600-1,200 200
10 800-1,600 200
11 1,000-2,000 300
12 1,200-2,400 400
13 1,500-3,000 500
14 2,000-4,000 500
15 2,500-5,000 500
16 3,000-6,000 1,000
17 4,000-8,000 1,000
18 5,000-10,000 1,000
19 6,000-12,000 2,000
20 8,000-16,000 2,000
21 10,000-20,000 3,000
22 12,000-24,000 4,000
23 15,000-30,000 5,000
24 20,000-40,000 5,000
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