LA Poker Classic Main Event




LA Poker Classic Main Event

2006, Jason Kirk  

It doesn't matter what the location is - you're always in the same place when you're at the first day of a major poker tournament. The demographics of the crowd might change a little bit, and the climate outside the casino can shift dramatically, but the only changes you'll notice when walking among the tables and halls outside is the decor. When the day begins the mood is slightly tense, but joyful at the same time .The players are ready to play, and the big talkers are definitely ready to talk. The murmur of clicking chips fills cavernous ballrooms, and there's no rail to speak of because everyone is still in the game.

As time goes by, things shift a bit. You'll find plenty of busted players, in the halls outside the tournament area and in the smoking section, angrily telling bad beat stories to whomever will listen. Others will gather along the rail as tables are broken, watching friends or perhaps other players they've staked. Then there's a certain portion of the eliminated players who simply aren't heard from again. They slip out the side doors and head for home - or more likely a hotel room - to think everything over.

The first day of the LA Poker Classic followed the above pattern exactly. The day started with 692 players, significantly more than last year when Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi came out victorious in the end. That built a $6.6 million prize pool, almost 1/3 of which would go to the winner. Plenty of familiar faces were in attendance. Among the more well-known players were Robert Varkonyi, Denis Ethier, Amnon Filippi, Lee Watkinson, Martin de Knijff, Tex Barch, Todd Brunson, Steve Zolotow, Dewey Tomko, John Duthie, Cyndy Violette, Hasan Habib, Phil Laak, Jennifer Tilly, Gus Hansen, Ted Forrest, Evelyn Ng, Eli Elezra, Glyn Banks, Shawn Sheikhan, Lyle Berman, LA Lakers owner Jerry Buss, Jennifer Harman, Gavin Smith, Bill Edler, Daniel Negreanu, Bill Gazes, Kristy Gazes, Chau Giang, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Marco Traniello, Matt Matros, Dutch Boyd, Men "The Master" Nguyen, and Allen Cunningham. They all started with $20,000 in chips and $25-50 blinds.

As the levels progressed, players slowly started to make their exits. Phil Hellmuth made an uncharacteristically early appearance and busted almost as soon as he sat down, prompting a quote from him that this was the exact reason that he never show up to tournament on time. Shannon Elizabeth finished the job when she eliminated a short-stacked Frank Kassela. Phil Ivey busted very early on, and Jennifer Tilly came over to sweat her boyfriend Phil Laak once she was eliminated. Some other players held onto big stacks of chips all day. Eli Elezra began building a stack very early and was able to keep it intact nearly all day long. David Plastik doubled up on the first round and continued to stack up from there, as did Glyn Banks.

Play will resume on Friday afternoon at 3:30 PM, with the big stacks among the final ___ players trying to position themselves closer to the money and the short stacks going into hyper-aggressive mode.

End Of Day One Chip Counts

MICHAEL CARROLL 154,375
ALAN GOEHRING 128,375
BILL GAZES 123,750
ALI ESLAMI 122,300
BRIAN MCCANN 119,875
HASAN HABIB 113,550
ABRAHAM BERGIS 105,450
JON LUU 102,200
JEFF RINE 100,375
ALBERT ALSHAMN 99,900
ELI ELEZRI 96,300
AYAZ MAHMOOD 92,925
DAVID PLASTIK 92,425
GLYN BANKS 91,850
ADAM SPIEGELBERG 91,400
ERICK LINDGREN 88,000
CHUCK PACHECO 87,500
MIKE CARSON 86,925
ANH VAN NGUYEN 85,450
EDWARD MONCADA 85,400
KEVIN CASEY 83,750
DANIEL ALAEI 80,725
TOM MACEY 78,150
RODEEN TALEBI 77,125
MELISSA HAYOEN 75,975
SHUN TSAI 75,875
DUC NGUYEN 75,600
CHIRS MCCORMACK 75,450
PETER PHAM 75,150
PAUL SNEAD 74,075
DAVID BAKER 74,025
CHRIS LOVELAND 71,375
LUAN PHAN 71,175
DAVID DANESHGAR 69,875
MIKE MCCLAIN 69,850
DANNY NOAM 68,950
JERRY YANG 68,775
BORIS KREIMAN 68,050
TRUONG LAWRENCE 68,025
T.J. CLOUTIER 67,550
WILLIAM LIN 67,250
LYLE BERMAN 66,600
CHIP JETT 66,250
BEN SARNOFF 65,975
UGUR MARANGOZ 64,450
DAVID CHIU 64,175
JASON KATSUTAMI 63,100
PAUL DARDEN 62,925
FRED GOLDBERG 62,250
CHRIS GRIGORIAN 61,825
LIN RAY HO 61,750
SUMEKH BEHROOZ 61,650
HOOMAN NIKZAD 61,600
DAMOR AHMADI 61,275
TODD BUI 60,375
ANTHONY NEWMAN 60,000
MICHAEL GAMBONY 59,700
DONG BAI XU 59,550
BLAIR RODMAN 59,450
CHARLES DOUMITT 59,050
SHAHRAM SHEIKHAN 58,500
LUIS VELADOR 57,625
STEPHEN GIUFRE 57,525
JOSEPH BARTHOLDI 57,350
BEN ROBERTS 56,400
TOR GAMMELGARD 56,325
DAN QUICK 56,325
TOM KORAL 56,075
DUTCH BOYD 55,975
JULIAN HART 55,225
BOB WENZL 55,175
JOHN ESPOSIO 54,625
DAVID SUTCLIFF 54,575
ERIC FIRESTONE 54,375
LUKE NEELY 54,350
JAMES CROWSHAW 53,050
AMIR VAHEDI 52,800
DAVID LU 52,500
CHIP REESE 51,925
ROY WINSTON 51,500
CHRIS BIGLER 50,950
YOUNG PHAM 50,525
GREG MUELLER 50,475
JENNIFER HARMAN 50,300
JOE TUSHNEY 50,125
GIOI LUONG 49,750
MARCEL SABAG 49,675
NEAL MATTHEWS 48,550
FARNOOD SHERKHAN 48,275
DUSTIN WOOLF 48,050
JOE MCGOWAN 47,750
BRADLEY BERMAN 47,725
DANI POURAT 47,575
ROBERT DURANT 47,500
DAVID TRAN 46,975
BARRY GREENSTEIN 46,975
AMIR MONSEFI 46,900
AN TRAN 46,750
ALEX BACK 46,675
ALEZ AZADPEYMA 46,475
DWAYNE MOYERS 46,100
JAIME LEWIN 46,050
RALPH PERRY 45,925
MIKAEL THURITZ 45,875
ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 45,750
MINH POKER HOST NGUYEN 45,600
JOHN STOLZMANN 45,250
BRIAN WALTERS 45,175
RAYMOND DAVIS 45,150
JAMIE CHAVEZ 44,525
SEAN MCCABE 44,525
SCOTTY NGUYEN 44,225
JIM MILLER 44,100
MICHAEL WOO 44,025
NAM LE 43,950
J.C. TRAN 43,500
JIM BECHTEL 43,100
SCOTT LAZAR 42,800
REFUGIO QUINTERO 42,700
MAX PESCATORI 42,625
MINH LY 42,600
DON ZEIMIN 42,150
RAY HENSON 42,150
JEAN ROBERT BELLANCH 42,025
JAMES WOODS 41,975
AL STONUM 41,925
CARL OLSON 41,750
BRYAN KIM 41,700
PER UMMER 41,375
MICHAEL GOODMAN 41,225
DUY TRANG 40,850
BRIAN WALKER 40,700
HUCKLEBERRY SEED 40,600
CHRIS WA 40,525
JOHN GALE 40,250
LOI PHAN 40,100
STAN GOLDSTEIN 39,425
ERIC LYNCH 39,250
JEFF LITTLEFIELD 39,150
FRANK SINOPOLI 39,050
JURIS BONDERS 39,000
DANNY QUTAMI 38,750
STEVEN CHOO 38,575
MENG LA 38,350
GEO CARIVEAU 38,300
AMANDA BAKER 38,100
PARAMJIT GILL 38,000
ORLANDO MALDONADO 37,850
STEPHEN GIN 37,650
CUONG HUYNH 37,600
TRAVIS GREEN 37,575
DAVID HEYDEN 37,500
STAN JABLONSKI 37,500
JOHAN STORAKERS 37,225
BRUCE PARKER 37,200
DEVON MILLER 37,100
JOHN HORNE 36,950
SEAN QUINN 36,750
KEVIN SONG 36,750
KENNY GOLDSTEIN 36,325
ABRAHAM MOURSHAKI 36,325
DANIEL QUACH 36,300
ROBERT BINELU 36,275
VICTOR BENSAEDON 36,225
NOAH JEFFERSON 36,000
BURKE STEFKO 36,000
CANH PHAM 35,775
ED FERNANDEZ 35,550
SCOTT LUNDBERG 35,150
PAUL LUI 35,100
JASON AKAU 35,050
ADAM MACDONALD 34,700
JOE GRAZIANO 34,425
ANDY MILLER 34,325
GERSON MOSBACHER 33,900
PETER BESK 33,875
DEANH MATT LE 33,825
CRAIG BRENNAN 33,650
DONNACHA O'DEA 33,575
HARLEY HALL 33,550
MIKE MATUSOW 33,525
ROBERT MARIANO 33,375
CAPTAIN JOHN FRANKLIN 33,300
PAUL KROH 33,225
TAVARES JOSE 33,200
CHIRS BJORIN 33,000
NEIL CHRISS 32,800
LOUIS J ASMO 32,450
DANNY MORGAN 32,350
DAVID DOMSTEIN ` 32,325
MIKE WATTEL 32,250
MIAMI JOHN 31,050
SHI YAO 'MIKE' 31,025
TONY GRAND 31,000
WILLIAM ROCKWELL 30,600
MARK FORRESTER 30,450
SASSOON GOURJI 30,350
BRIAN GREEN 30,275
RANDY HOLLAND 30,175
BOBBY FIRESTONE 30,000
JOSEPH ROSERTSON 29,900
MICHAEL ROCCO 29,775
ADEL SALEM 29,700
JEFF FREEDMAN 29,675
BERNARD KO 29,675
MIKE HAUPTHMAN 29,650
JON KELLEY 29,400
LUIS SANCHEZ 29,250
KELLY KIM 29,200
BRUCE LEVITT 29,050
ARTURO DIAZ 28,950
RYAN JULIUS 28,775
JOHN VILLANUEVA 28,750
KIRK MORRISON 28,450
MORGAN MACHINA 28,400
NHUT TRAN 28,350
JUHA HELPPI 28,225
PHIL LAAK 28,150
DAVID JONES 28,100
MOISES LPEZ 27,850
FRANCOIS SAFIEDDINE 27,750
AARON KANTER 27,725
FARSHAD BEN COHEN 27,575
ALEX PRENDES 27,300
JERRY BUSS 27,000
CHARLIE NG 26,950
HASAN KAMOEI 26,875
MICHAEL NAVARRO 26,775
JOSHUA KLEHR 26,700
JAMES BROWN 26,650
JEFF YOAK 26,550
STEVE AKCA 26,425
LEE SALEM 26,375
GREG NUNUEY 26,225
EMIL PATEL 26,200
JOHN WOMACK 26,150
RAJA KATTAMURI 25,950
JASON LESTER 25,800
STEVE SIMMONS 25,675
NASEEM SALEM 25,375
PETER COSTA 25,325
ALLEN CUNNINGHAM 25,250
NORM WHEAT CROFT 25,200
LORI CONN 25,150
CAN HUA 25,050
EDWARD PELLEGRINI 24,650
RON FALTINSKY 24,375
AMBER MARIANO 24,300
JOHN MYUNG 24,225
JAMES PITTMAN 24,125
ZAHER SAYEGH 24,025
MATT MATROS 24,000
SCOTT BOHLMAN 23,825
WALTER DAVIS 23,750
MO-FATHIPOUR 23,500
TONY CARINEAU 23,150
KARGA HOLT 23,150
JORDAN MORGAN 23,050
KATHY KOLBERG 23,025
GABE KAPLAN 22,750
RAUL PAEZ 22,650
SOULIER FABRICE 22,600
DANIEL MILIKER 22,550
RALPH LEVINE 22,520
KEITH SEXTON 22,500
DAN SCHMIECH 22,300
FARZAD BONYADI 21,900
THOMMAS DUNCKER 21,675
HARRY THOMAS JR 21,675
BILLY DUARTE 21,575
JOE GUALTIERI 21,550
JOE CASSIDY 21,525
OLGA VARKONYE 21,300
AARON BEIER 21,250
MARK WEIDMANN 21,050
ERIC MIZRACHI 20,950
ALEX ARAS 20,925
GUY CALVERT 20,925
MARK GREGORICH 20,625
ARMAN MOMJIAN 20,600
PETER DELAMOS 20,525
FRANK MARIANI 20,525
MIKE PUSKASICH 20,350
MINNEAPOLIS JIM 20,100
GEORGE YUTUC 20,050
GRENEFREDO LEGASPI 20,000
JIM RUBINSON 19,725
GABRIEL THALER 19,525
JACK BOGHISSIAN 19,400
MAURICE KRALEM 18,750
MEHDI SADEGIYIAN 18,700
NGOC JIMMY TRAN 18,600
LOUIS WERMAN 18,475
SEAN TOAN LY 18,425
SHANNON ELIZABETH 18,250
STEVE BRECHER 17,925
BRUCE GALLIAN 17,725
ALIREZA YARAHMADY 17,675
MIKE LAING 17,525
ERIK SEIDEL 17,450
CHRIS KARAGULLEYAN 17,450
JIM PECHAC 17,375
UDI PEREZ 17,350
NENAD MEDIC 17,000
JOSHUA THAI 16,775
THOR HANSEN 16,525
LARRY TULL 16,450
TIM ANORS 16,300
JAMES WORTH 16,200
JIMMY MARAVI 15,900
GUS HANSEN 15,800
MARC LEBOWITZ 15,775
DAVID GREY 15,725
JOHN HEARN 15,650
DANIEL VARGAS 15,500
MARK BRYAN 15,450
WAYNE BOICH 15,425
JOSEPH SORDERS 15,275
BRANDON ADAMS 15,225
SCOTT EPSTEIN 15,150
KYUNG HAN 14,750
RICARDO VILLAPANDO 14,600
BRUCE BUFFER 14,350
MANUEL LABANDEIRG 14,350
DANNY HART 14,225
JOHN GALBRAITH 14,200
ELI STRICKLAND 13,400
H. VOULGARIS 13,350
LOUIS PAGNOTTI 13,175
DOEY CLAPPER 13,125
DANNY FUHS 13,075
MATT KEIKOAN 12,925
PATRICK KELLY 12,575
JIM SCUNNELL 12,500
JOSHUA VAN DYKE 12,400
JOSH MILLE 12,300
BEN JAMINE 12,250
MARCELLO DELGROSSO 12,200
MATT SZYMASZEK 12,150
BOB KIRKEBY 12,125
LAURA FINK 12,050
ALEXANDER STERIC 11,750
RAFFI KRIKORIAN 11,650
MOSHE MANZUR 11,075
ANDREAS PARLOU 11,025
BRIAN BINGHAM 10,350
PAUL BENDETTI 10,125
DAVID SINGER 9,975
DAVID COSSIO 9,900
ALLEN POCK 9,550
JOHN LILIC 9,550
STEVEN DUBIN 9,450
ELIA AHMADIAN 8,850
CHARLES HICKOX 8,125
DAVOOD MEHRMAND 7,850
MEN THE MASTER 7,800
TALIA KHIO 7,750
PHILIPPE ROVAS 7,650
BRUCE YAMRON 7,625
JAMIE LIGATOR 7,575
JOHN BUTTER JR. 7,350
GREG DUROS 7,200
RUSSEN GARVEY 7,150
Tim Phan 7,000
DAVID WHEELER 6,975
RAED ABUKARTOMY 6,850
ROD PARDY JR 5,775
GARY KATZ 5,325
ANAHIT GALAJIAN 4,975
JOE AWADA 4,900
LONNIE HEIMOWITZ 1,700

LA Poker Classic Main Event Payout Schedule

1st - $2,391,550
2nd - $1,162,560
3rd - $571,315
4th - $338,803
5th - $265,728
6th - $199,296
7th - $166,080
8th - $132,864
9th - $99,648
10th-12th - $73,075
13th-15th - $59,789
16th-18th - $46,505
19th-27th - $38,849
28th-36th - $26,573
37th-45th - $19,930