681 players started the WPT – LAPC, 63 remain heading into Day 4, all 63 are in the money. The buy-in was $10,000 creating a $6.54 million prize pool. First place is $1.65 million.
Jessica Welman | February 28, 2011
In big field events, there are almost always a few amateurs who sneak their way into a top ten finish or make a run to the final table. While there is still a ways to go at the LA Poker Classic Main Event and there are still amateurs in the field, this tournament has so far been a place for the pros to shine.
Day 3 of the $10,000 WPT event was no exception. The day began with 239 runners who had their eyes on surviving the day and making the money. By day’s end, only 63 remained and the top ten consisted entirely of full time poker pros.
Of the 63 players who survived the day, there are five WPT champions and nearly a dozen WSOP bracelet winners, one of whom is leading the pack as the only player heading into Day 4 with more than a million chips. Jason DeWitt won a WSOP bracelet last summer and is looking to add another title to his resume. He found a Day 3 foe in Allen Cunningham, as the two clashed in numerous big pots together. In the end, DeWitt ended on top as chip leader, while Cunningham was in fine chipe as well with an above average stack of 375,000.
There were plenty of rivalries around the tournament area on Day 3, including Michael Mizrachi and Michael DiVita, Jason Senti and James Carroll, and Phil Hellmuth and Steve Brecher, whom Hellmuth christened with the nickname “Over the Top.”
Brecher took advantage of position over the Poker Brat and survived the day while Hellmuth was one of the number of players to hit the rail. Other notable bustouts from Day 3 included Jason Mercier, Mike matusow, Nam Le, Phil Collins, Phil Ivey, Kara Scott, Tom Marchese, Shane Schleger, Bryn Kenney, Amit Makhija, and Barry Greenstein.
The need to play down to the money on Day 3 resulted in a long period of hand for hand play, which went on for two hours without an elimination. It looked as though Ted Jikov was going to be the unfortunate 64thplace finisher, as he was down to just three big blinds and had left the table to avoid the temptation of playing any hands. However, a cooler in which Hoyt Corkins picked up pocket queens to Mike Sowers’ pocket kings sent Corkins to the rail on the bubble and brought Day 3 to a close.
Sowers ended the day fifth in chips with 677,000 chips. He is used to being in this spot, having final tabled the PCA Main Event earlier this year. He also made the final table of this event two years ago. He is not the only player who has thrived at the Commerce still alive in the event. Michael Mizrachi won this event back in Season II of the WPT, but it will be an upward battle for him on Day 4, as he will begin with around 10 big blinds in his stack.
Other notables returning for Day 4 action include Team PokerStars Pro Richard Toth, who ended the day second in chips with 993,000, David “Bakes” Baker, Shannon Shorr, Darryll Fish, Carlos Mortensen, Nikolay Evdakov, Dan Heimiller, Sam Stein, Jason Senti, Vivek Rajkumar, Steve Gross, Lauren Kling, Tim West, Daniel Alaei, Scott Seiver, Joe Hachem, Ryan Welch, Chad Batista, Kathy Liebert, and Ty Reiman.
As a result of the long day and late night on Day 3, Day 4 play’s start time has been pushed back to 1:30PM PT on Monday. When play resumes, blinds will be at 3,000-6,000 ante 1,000. Here are the top ten chip counts headed into Day 4 of play:
1. Jason DeWitt – 1,023,000
2. Richard Toth – 993,000
3. James Carroll – 843,000
4. David “Bakes” Baker – 702,000
5. Mike Sowers – 677,000
6. Shannon Shorr – 655,000
7. Matt Berkey – 625,000
8. Darryll Fish- 595,000
9. Nikolay Evdakov – 583,000
10. Carlos Mortensen – 557,000