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LA Poker Classic Main Event - Day 2
2006, Jason Kirk  

Day Two of the 2006 LA Poker Classic main event began with the 373 players who had survived Day One's six grueling levels. With the day's play scheduled to go on for another six levels, it would be a long road indeed to Day Three. Alan Goehring came into the day with the chip lead, marking the second year in a row that he had held the chip lead at Commerce after the first day. The blinds started off at $300-600 with a $100 ante, meaning that there dozens of players in deep trouble as soon as the first hand was dealt. That led to a lot of early departures.

Before the entire day was through, 274 players would leave their seats and take a long walk.Among the day's notable bustouts were David Benyamine, Jerry Buss, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Brandon Adams, Shannon Elizabeth from American Pie, David Singer, Gus Hansen, Olga Varkonyi, John Myung, Davood Mehrmand, Dan Schmiech, Rob Mariano from TV's Survivor, Jennifer Harman, An Tran, David Grey, Eric Mizrachi, Young Phan, Erik Seidel, Dutch Boyd, Barry Greenstein, Minh Ly, Chris "Armenian Express" Grigorian, Dewey Tomko, Mike Matusow, William Rockwell, Captain Tom Franklin, Jim 'KrazyKanuck' Worth, Glyn Banks, Gabe Kaplan, Erick Lindgren, Keith Sexton, Lyle Berman, Jean-Robert Bellande, Minneapolis Jim Meehan, Scott Lazar, Miami John Cernuto, Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, and Max Pescatori.

Several of the busted players caught some . Glyn Banks had his A-A cracked by K-K, which was drawing to a single out because another player had folded the case king. Brandon Adams caught the nut flush after moving in with his lat $19,000, only to have his opponent hit two pair and then a full house. There was also at least one player who lost chips with the best hand. Actor James Woods doubled David Sutcliff up with A-K vs. Sutcliffe's K-K, and then his 8-8 was cracked by A-Q Ali Esmali.

Alan Goehring turned in an impressive performance for the second straight day, amassing another $240,000 to add to his already formidable stack. Daniel Alaei also performed well, picking up almost $240,000 to skyrocket him in the standings and leave him in contention for Day Three. Perhaps the most impressive work on the day was done by JC Tran, who added a stunning $383,000 to his chip stack to jump into 2nd place by the end of they, and Luis Sanchez, who picked up over $350,000 to wind up in 3rd place at the end of the day. These players will all be favorites to go all the way when they return to Commerce Casino on Saturday for Day Three of the LAPC. They'll have to survive more than half of the remaining field, however, as only 45 spots will be paid in this tournament.

Place Poker Player Chip Count

1 Fabrice Soulier $ 462,000
2 JC Tran $ 426,300
3 Luis Sanchez $ 383,000
4 Alan Goehring $ 368,200
5 Mike Carson $ 343,800
6 Can Kim Hua $ 329,200
7 Danny Alaei $ 317,300
8 Jim Bechtel $ 310,000
9 Stephen Giufre $ 301,200
10 Jim Miller $ 298,000
11 Amir Vahedi $ 297,600
12 Chris Bigler $ 290,800
13 Jose Tavares $ 277,500
14 David Chiu $ 265,800
15 Rodeen Talebi $ 264,400
16 Edward Moncada $ 255,000
17 Ayaz Mahmood $ 234,900
18 Orlando Maldonado $ 217,300
19 Ben Roberts $ 210,200
20 Per Ummer $ 209,700
21 Lin Ho $ 202,600
22 Luis Velador $ 200,000
23 Jeff Rine $ 197,000
24 Daniel Fuhs $ 194,100
25 Brian McCann $ 184,900
26 Chip Jett $ 180,400
27 Jason Lester $ 175,500
28 Julian Hart $ 174,200
29 Matt Matros $ 169,800
30 Paul Darden Jr. $ 157,500
31 Ugur Marangoz $ 151,700
32 Kelly Kim $ 150,200
33 Hasan Habib $ 147,400
34 Chuck Doumitt $ 147,000
35 Michael McClain $ 145,300
36 John Gale $ 143,700
37 David Plastik $ 143,500
38 John Villanueva $ 142,500
39 Emil Patel $ 141,400
40 Allen Cunningham $ 140,000
41 Raed Abukartomy $ 138,100
42 Chip Reese $ 134,400
43 Yao 'Mike' Shi $ 133,200
44 Jon Luu $ 133,100
45 Daniel Quach $ 132,500
46 Bill Gazes $ 131,500
47 Bruce Parker $ 124,300
48 Shawn Sheikhan $ 124,000
49 Danny Noam $ 124,000
50 Todd Bui $ 123,800
51 Jon Kelley $ 120,200
52 Michael Woo $ 115,200
53 Juha Helppi $ 115,100
54 Blair Rodman $ 113,900
55 Daniel Ahmad $ 112,500
56 Mark Gregorich $ 107,000
57 Francois Safieddine $ 106,800
58 Sean Ly $ 105,700
59 Scott Epstein $ 104,600
60 Tom Macey $ 104,400
61 Steven Chao $ 95,000
62 T.J. Cloutier $ 89,800
63 Roy Winston $ 88,500
64 Pat Kelly $ 87,800
65 David Daneshgar $ 84,800
66 Kevan Carey $ 84,600
67 Gabriel Thaler $ 80,000
68 Sean McCabe $ 79,700
69 Mikael Thuritz $ 77,500
70 Eric Lynes $ 75,500
71 Larry Tull $ 75,300
72 Mark Weldmann $ 72,800
73 Genefredo Legaspi $ 72,100
74 David Domstein $ 72,000
75 Alex Azadpeyma $ 70,700
76 Amir Monsefi $ 70,500
77 Brad Berman $ 69,600
78 Tor Gammelgard $ 69,200
79 Neil Chriss $ 64,300
80 Joe Tushnet $ 62,700
81 Lee Salem $ 58,000
82 Phil Laak $ 58,000
83 James Woods $ 56,200
84 Billy Duarte $ 55,500
85 Adam Spiegelberg $ 53,600
86 Amanda Baker $ 53,600
87 Dong Bai Xu $ 51,200
88 Steven Simmons $ 48,200
89 Don O'Dea $ 42,400
90 Brian Walters $ 41,100
91 Travis Green $ 35,500
92 Sean Quinn $ 34,800
93 Scotty Nguyen $ 30,700
94 Jeffrey Freedman $ 29,100
95 Josh Millet $ 24,700
96 Anahit Galajian $ 21,700
97 Jimmy Manavi $ 20,200
 


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