The Los Angeles Poker Classic (LAPC) is an annual stop on the World Poker Tour. The world’s best poker players have made the trip to the Commerce Casino for the last 19 years. The series has grown in epic proportions in that time.
The 2012 LAPC featured 51 events culminating in the $10,000 buy-in WPT No-Limit Hold’em Championship. 549 players entered the LAPC main event and over the course of five days they have played down to six.
Today started with the 18 remaining players set to play as many 90-minute levels as it took to reach a final table. The cards went into the air at noon PST with Noah Schwartz as the chip leader with just over 1.7 million.
The fireworks started early with Sorel Mizzi getting it all-in with pocket kings against Sean Jazayeri’s pocket nines. The flop came K-J-8 with two clubs, leaving Jazayeri nearly drawing dead. The Q♥ on the turn gave him some outs, but the 2♠ on the river sealed the deal for Mizzi and he doubled up to 1.4 million.
Shahen Martirosian would be the first elimination of the day when his 9♣ 8♣ was bested by Dan Kelly’s K-7 offsuit. Kelly chipped up to almost 2.4 million while Martirosian took home $39,530 for his 18th place finish. One by one over the next six hours, players were eliminated (most notably former WSOP and WPT champion Joe Hachem in 12th) until they were set to play at one table of ten.
Sorel Mizzi rode the momentum of that first big hand to as high as third on the leader board, but he would eventually bust in 10th place for $60,610. Notable WPT star David Pham busted eighth while former WPT champ Allen Carter busted on the TV bubble.
With the final table set and the chips bagged and tagged the remaining players retired for the night around 9:30 PM. They will reconvene at 4:00 PM PST. When play restarts there will be one hour remaining in Level 28 (there were 41 minutes left in Level 28 when play stopped, but tournament director Matt Savage will roll the clock back to a full 60 minutes), with the blinds at 30,000 and 60,000 with a 10,000 ante.
WPT.com will stream the final table live (with hole cards) on a 30 minute tape delay starting at 4:30 PM PST.
And now, introducing the six men who made the final table of the LAPC main event.