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L.A. Poker Classic -- Preliminary Update Part I

David Plastik Books Early Win at Commerce Casino

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The first week at the L.A. Poker Classic is in the books at Commerce Casino. Here is a look at the final tables from each of the preliminary events that have concluded so far. Highlights from the week include a massive field of 1,592 for the opening no-limit hold'em tournament and a win in event No. 2 for veteran professional David Plastik. He took home $59,640 for the win and 480 Card Player Player of the Year points. Here are the results from this week:

Event No. 1 (no-limit hold’em)


Van NguyenBuy-in: $300
Number of Entries: 1,592
Total Prize Pool: $463,272
First-Place Prize: $124,985
Places Paid: 100

Final-Table Results:

1: Eugene Tito -- $124,985
2: Oscar Lopez Reyes -- $64,858
3: Sara Chau -- $34,745
4: Cobra X -- $27,796
5: Steven Richhart -- $20,847
6: Aric Lewis -- $15,473
7: Khang Pham -- $11,582
8: Steve Cho -- $9,265
9: Van Nguyen -- $7,412


Event No. 2 (no-limit hold’em)

David PlastikBuy-in: $500
Number of Entries: 473
Total Prize Pool: $229,405
First-Place Prize: $59,640
Places Paid: 45

Final-Table Results:

1: David Plastik -- $59,640
2: Khoa Tran -- $34,640
3: Goran Gigoc -- $22,941
4: Calvin Phan -- $15,829
5: Michael Decock -- $11,700
6: Ovenson Benoit -- $9,176
7: Bourgoyne David -- $6,882
8: Ardavan Yazdi -- $5,047
9: Charlie Sayles -- $3,670


Event No. 3 (limit hold’em)

Robert TurnerBuy-in: $500
Number of Entries: 223
Total Prize Pool: $108,155
First-Place Prize: $31,367
Places Paid: 27

Final-Table Results:


1: Gebrehiwet Goitom -- $31,367
2: Marwan Abdelal -- $17,197
3: Raymond Bonavida -- $11,897
4: Sally Stephens -- $7,895
5: Mike Gambony -- $6,165
6: Frederick Choi -- $4,867
7: Vegan Sarkissian -- $3,677
8: Robert Turner -- $2,704
9: Mui Lam -- $1,947


Event No. 4 (no-limit hold’em)

Buy-in: $300
Number of Entries: 800
Total Prize Pool: $232,800
First-Place Prize: $58,200
Places Paid: 72

Final-Table Results:


1: Alan Sugano -- $58,200
2: Yu Chan Seo -- $31,242
3: Bhagwan Tejwani -- $21,650
4: Oganes Terminasyan -- $14,666
5: Steven Chalfin -- $10,476
6: Kurt Loase -- $8,032
7: Guadalupe Murodiaz -- $6,053
8: John Hovnanian -- $4,423
9: Shan Jing -- $3,259


Event No. 5 (seven-card stud)

Frankie O'DellBuy-in: $300
Number of Entries: 161
Total Prize Pool: $46,851
First-Place Prize: $14,077
Places Paid: 16

Final-Table Results:

1: Robert Golick -- $14,077
2: Hamid Taheri -- $7,965
3: Frankie O'Dell -- $5,669
4: Juan Diaz -- $3,935
5: Alan Myerson -- $2,975
6: Jean Gasparo -- $2,296
7: Bill Henderson -- $1,827
8: John Argentine -- $1,359


Event No. 6 (Omaha eight-or-better)

Chris BjorinBuy-in: $300
Number of Entries: 266
Total Prize Pool: $77,406
First-Place Prize: $22,449
Places Paid: 27

Final-Table Results:


1: Russell Coakrell -- $22,449
2: William Crowe -- $12,308
3: Manolito Navarro -- $8,515
4: Dennis Thorn -- $5,651
5: Michael Politiski -- $4,412
6: Chris Bjorin -- $3,483
7: Dustin Strauch -- $2,632
8: Bryan Hud -- $1,935
9: Scott Kneeland -- $1,393


Event No. 7 (no-limit hold’em shootout)

Randall HollandBuy-in: $500
Number of Entries: 260
Total Prize Pool: $126,100
First-Place Prize: $34,232
Places Paid: 27

Final-Table Results:

1: Matthew George -- $34,232
2: Ian Kim -- $18,969
3: Ramzi Srour -- $14,096
4: Allen Datatanyan -- $10,069
5: Randall Holland -- $7,551
6: Patrick McMillan -- $5,538
7: Patrick Karschamroon -- $4,360
8: Shran Jin -- $3,353
9: Jeffry Yoak -- $2,517