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Young Man Leads 337 Day 1 Survivors with 209,000

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Day 1 Field Day 1 has come to a close at the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic and 337 players have advanced from the field of 503 in this single-entry $10,000 buy-in event. Registration will remain open until the start of Level 10 on Sunday, so players can still join the field anytime before 1:45 p.m. PT tomorrow.

The chip leader at the end of play tonight is Young Man with 209,000. Other top stacks were bagged up by Aaron Massey (151,300), Peter Neff (143,900), Max Mashour (136,100), Kevin Gimble (119,600), and Brent Hart (114,300).

Four of the six Ones to Watch players in the field today have advanced, including Candace Collins, Justin Zaki, Jose Serratos, and Vlad Mezheritsky. Dozens of WPT Champions Club members have also survived, including Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, Carlos Mortensen, JC Tran, Erik Seidel, and WPT Season XIII Player of the Year points leader Anthony Zinno.

The room was packed with notables players today to make for one of the most talent-laden days on the WPT this season. Big names that were lost along the way included Season XII WPT Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja, Champions Club members Randall Flowers, Will Failla, Anthony Gregg, and Mark Newhouse; Ones to Watch players Daniel Strelitz and Garrett Greer; and WPT Raw Deal Analyst Tony Dunst, who won his tournament seat on DraftKings.

An announcement was made at the start of play today to honor the achievements of the WPT at the inaugural Global Poker Index American Poker Awards that was held last night at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. The event celebrated the very best poker players, industry workers, and media members in the United States and Canada during 2014. Here is a look at the categories where the WPT was awarded honors.

Charitable Initiative of the Year: "All In" for Kids Charity Poker Tournament sponsored by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and WPT Foundation

Industry Person of the Year: WPT President Adam Pliska

Lifetime Achievement Award: WPT Founder Steve Lipscomb

Tune back in tomorrow at Noon PT to follow all the Day 2 action of the LAPC from the WPT Live Updates team at Commerce Casino.

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09:15 PM, 02/28/15

DraftKings Qualifier Al Zeidenfeld Eliminated

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Sorted In: Season XIII, Legends of Poker, Commerce Casino
08:40 PM, 02/28/15

Three More Hands

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The field was just informed that they will play three more hands before the end of Day 1 at the WPT LA Poker Classic. Stay tuned for chip counts and the final hands of the night.

Sorted In: Season XIII, Legends of Poker, Commerce Casino
08:39 PM, 02/28/15

The Twitternet: #ThankMeLater

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Sorted In: Season XIII, Legends of Poker, Commerce Casino
08:35 PM, 02/28/15

Anthony Spinella Eliminated

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Sorted In: Season XIII, Legends of Poker, Commerce Casino
08:31 PM, 02/28/15

Qualifiers From in the Field

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Mark Darner
WPT sponsor is a daily fantasy sports site where players can compete against others for cash prizes. There were three players here at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic who earned their $10,000 entries on -- including the WPT's own Raw Deal Analyst, Tony Dunst.

Unfortunately for Dunst, he busted in the middle of the day. But Mark Darner (pictured above) and Alvin Zeidenfeld are still in the field.

Mark Darner  -  53,000  (66 bb)
Alvin Zeidenfeld  -  16,000  (20 bb)

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Sorted In: Featured Blog, DraftKings, Mark Darner, Alvin Zeidenfeld, Season XIII, Legends of Poker, Commerce Casino
08:29 PM, 02/28/15

Bust Bus

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

The most recent round of eliminations on Day 1 include Byron Kaverman, Dan O'Brien, Jeff Gross, Keven Stammen, and Ryan D'Angelo.

Sorted In: Season XIII, Legends of Poker, Commerce Casino
08:26 PM, 02/28/15

David Sands Busts a Player

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Champions Club member JC Tran raises to 1,400 from middle position and the player on the button moves all in for 3,925. David Sands is in the small blind and reraises to 6,700 total.

Tran folds, leaving Sands and the all in player to turn up their hands. Sands holds 9spade9diamond and the at-risk player holds 7spade7club. The board runs out KheartJdiamond2diamondQspadeAspade and Sands takes the pot.

David Sands - 63,000

Sorted In: David Sands, Season XIII, Legends of Poker, Commerce Casino
08:13 PM, 02/28/15

Ray Qartomy Eliminated by Andy Frankenberger

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Ray Qartomy Kane Kalas Jose Serratos
Photo: Ray Qartomy (left) has moved all in with a short stack, and Kane Kalas (center) and Jose Serratos (right) wait to see if anyone calls. All three of them final tabled the WPT Borgata Poker Open earlier this season -- and that episode airs a week from Sunday.

Ray Qartomy moves all in under the gun for about 3,500, and WPT Champions Club member Andy Frankenberger calls from middle position with AheartQdiamond. Qartomy turns over Aclub10heart, and he needs to improve to stay alive.

The board comes Qspade5diamond5club2diamond7spade, and Frankenberger wins the pot with two pair, queens and fives, to eliminate Qartomy from the tournament.

Andy Frankenberger  -  50,000  (83 bb)
Ray Qartomy  -  Eliminated

Sorted In: Ray Qartomy, Andy Frankenberger, Season XIII, Legends of Poker, Commerce Casino
08:05 PM, 02/28/15

Blair Hinkle Eliminated

Level 8: 300-600, 75 ante

Sorted In: Season XIII, Legends of Poker, Commerce Casino
07:58 PM, 02/28/15
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