L.A. Poker Classic -- WPT Season 4Commerce Casino
January 19 - February 24, 2006
WPT Main Event February 16
This was a well attended event as 693 entrants sat down at the tables for the largest part of a $6,643,200 prize pool which will pay $2,391,550 for first place and a WPT tournament title. Payouts will continue down to 45th place. Lots of big names in poker and Hollywood came out for this event. Players like Bill Gazes, Alan Goehring, Hasan Habib, David Plastik and Erick Lindgren, T.J. Cloutier, Chip Jett, Paul Darden, David Chiu, Amir Vahedi, Dutch Boyd, Chris Bigler and Jennifer Harman Traniello. Stars like James Woods, Gabe Kaplan, Jennifer Tilly and Shannon Elizabeth along with legendary millionaire Jerry Buss also sat down to test their skill. Here are the payouts for the final table:
The field of 373 players from Day 1 went to 97 at the end of Day 2, and the action was fierce. Some of the rich and famous wish they didn't have so much notoriety as they busted out of the tournament. Dr. Jerry Buss owner of the Lakers left as well as actress Shannon Elizabeth who busted out 5 minutes after arriving to her seat. Gabe Kaplan and Jennifer Tilly reportedly did not survive Day 2 as well.
Fabrice Soulier was on fire as he started the day with 22,600 chips to end the day as chip leader with 462,000 chips. Amazingly, he did pretty quietly as no one really noticed him busting players out. J.C. Tran also had it in gear moving his chip stack of 43,500 to 426,300. But if someone wins, someone else loses. Like David Benyamine who went out on the first hand, followed by Men "The Master" Nguyen, Gus Hansen, Jennifer Harman, David Grey, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, Barry Greenstein, Erick Lindgren, Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari and Max Pescatori. Day 3 will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Feb 18th.
This round of eliminations pared the field from 97 to 27. Lots of changes took place at the tables. For one, Day 2 chip leader Fabrice Soulier, had his luck go from bad to worse as he busted out on an allin. To make matters worse he was the "bubble boy" that went out 1 from being in the money. Others who left the tables include Matt Matros, Chip Reese, Paul Darden, Scotty Nguyen, Bradley Berman, T.J. Cloutier, Gabriel Thaler, Allen Cunningham and Amir Vahedi.
Actor James Woods had a good day doubling up through Fabrice Soulier to 700,000 in chips. He go so excited to where he started running around the room, shouting "That's poker baby!". WPT champion Alan Goehring also had a good day raising his chips to over 900,000. Day 4 will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Feb 19th.
Going from 27 down to 10 players was a little slow going as everyone kept their eye on getting one step closer to the first place prize of $2,391,550. Per Ummer remained consistant going from No. 2 man to chip leader on Day 4. Alan Goehring also stayed in the top 6 relying on careful and solid poker to keep him there.
A few were not so lucky. Actor James Woods went out in 24th place, giving him $39,859 which with his income would be good for tips. Other players who left the tables include Chris Bigler, Bill Gazes, Juha Helppi and John Gale. But Anahit Galajian in 9th place making the cut for tomorrow, is the last woman standing in this tournament and has her clip loaded with 480,000 chips. We'll watch and see how she does tomorrow. Play will continue at 3:30 p.m. on Monday. Here are the top 6 players with chip counts for Day 4:
Having 10 players to battle for 6 seats at the final table was anything but cautious, with this round taking place in less than 3 hours. David Chiu was the first to go as the outside straight he got after the flop did not support his all in move, so he took home $73,075 and 10th place. Next Michael McClain tried bluffing with 10 3 and this time it did not work and he left for home in 9th place with $99,648. After that Kevan Casey moved all in against J.C. Tran on the river with his 2c 5c when the board showed 10c 3c 2h 5h Jd, giving him 2 pair. He lost after J.C. produced the other two 5's and went out with $132,864 for 8th place.
Now Anahit Galajian who was the last lady left in the tournament played very hard, but went out in 7th position after her all in move preflop did not work out for her, but she did pocket $166,080 for her efforts. Shame, as it would have been nice to see a woman at the final table. Better luck next time Anahit. Look for final table action to begin at 5:00 p.m. PST on Feb 21.
Final Table Results
Alan Goehring became the L.A. Poker Classic tournament champion at the Commerce Casino. Besides the huge payday of $2,391,550, Alan also receives a freeroll into the April WPT Championships to be held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. This final table will be fantastic to watch when it comes out on the Travel Channel. Per Ummer who was extremely consistent throughout this tournament went out in 6th place courtesy of J.C. Tran. J.C. went out in 5th after having his pocket Aces cracked by Alan Goehring's 3 of a kind 5's. Next on Alan's list was Steven Simmons who Alan eliminated from the table in 4th place. Steve ended up with over $300,000 to console him for his efforts. Daniel Quach eliminated Michael Woo in 3rd place when his Ks Qd won out over Woo's pocket 5's once the table showed Ah As Qs 10s 3h.
Now the hand that made both pro Alan Goehring and regular player Daniel Quach instant millionaires went as follows. Daniel went all in with Ad Jh and was called by Alan who had Kd 8h. The flop presented Qc Jd 9c, turn card was Kh and the river was 7c making Alan's Kings the winning hand. Season 4 WPT shows begins March 8th, so keep your eye open for this one!
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