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

Scotty Nguyen Wins the HORSE Event and Jeff Madsen Takes Down a No-Limit Hold'em Preliminary

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The major highlights of this week during the preliminary events at the L.A. Poker Classic hosted at Commerce Casino inlcuded some big buy-in events. The $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event was the marquee tournament, and it was won by Scotty Nguyen, who took home the top prize and another major H.O.R.S.E. title. Frank Kassela won the $5,000 pot-limit Omaha rebuy event, defeating a field of 50 players who purchased 36 rebuys. Other highlights included preliminary wins by Frankie O'Dell ($1,000 H.O.R.S.E.) and Jeff Madsen ($1,000 no-limit hold'em). Here is a look at the full results from the week:

Event No. 22 (H.O.R.S.E.)

Frankie O'DellBuy-in: $1,000
Number of Entries: 212
Total Prize Pool: $205,640
First-Place Prize: $56,036
Places Paid: 24

Final-Table Results:

1: Frankie O'Dell (pictured right) -- $56,036
2: John Cernuto -- $30,846
3: Christopher Tryba -- $22,620
4: Cyndy Violette -- $17,274
5: Tony Ma -- $13,058
6: Ira Friedman -- $9,254
7: Raymond Davis -- $5,758
8: Dennis Eichhorn -- $4,730

Event No. 23 (no-limit hold'em)

Kenneth CruzBuy-in: $1,000
Number of Entries: 332
Total Prize Pool: $322,040
First-Place Prize: $88,087
Places Paid: 36

Final-Table Results:

1: Kenneth Cruz (pictured right) -- $88,087
2: Aaron Kweskin -- $48,306
3: Joel Chang -- $32,204
4: Yury Parad -- $22,865
5: Cornel Cimpan -- $17,068
6: Jesse Rockowitz -- $13,526
7: Ian Kim -- $10,144
8: Gioi Luong -- $7,568
9: Steve Simmons -- $5,475

Event No. 24 (no-limit hold'em)

Jeff MadsenBuy-in: $1,500
Number of Entries: 255
Total Prize Pool: $371,025
First-Place Prize: $107,593
Places Paid: 27

Final-Table Results:

1: Jeff Madsen (pictured right) -- $107,593
2: Fred El Adli -- $58,993
3: Tyler Patterson -- $40,813
4: Matt Heiligerthaler -- $27,085
5: Lance Oliver -- $21,148
6: Matt Stout -- $16,696
7: Luke Driour -- $12,615
8: David Peters -- $9,276
9: John Phan -- $6,678

Event No. 25 (no-limit hold'em)

Neil HoBuy-in: $500
Number of Entries: 511
Total Prize Pool: $247,835
First-Place Prize: $64,437
Places Paid: 54

Final-Table Results:

1: Neil Ho (pictured right) -- $64,437
2: Jeffrey Vanchiro -- $35,193
3: Fabio Dagata -- $24,040
4: Kasey Nam -- $16,481
5: Elvis Huynh -- $12,020
6: Aaron Kweskin -- $9,418
7: Milt Pappas -- $7,063
8: Benjamin Tang -- $5,205
9: Saifuddin Ahmad -- $3,718

Event No. 26 (no-limit hold'em)

Justin FiltzBuy-in: $1,500
Number of Entries: 195
Total Prize Pool: $283,725
First-Place Prize: $90,793
Places Paid: 18

Final-Table Results:

1: Luis Sanchez -- $90,793
2: Justin Filtz (pictured right) -- $48,517
3: Brian Friesen -- $30,926
4: David Fox -- $22,698
5: Phong Chau -- $18,442
6: Motoyuki Mabuchi -- $13,903
7: Wayne Chang -- $11,065
8: Chris Bjorin -- $8,228
9: Paul Pugh -- $5,958

Event No. 27 (pot-limit Omaha)

Frank KasselaBuy-in: $5,000
Number of Entries: 50
Rebuys: 36
Total Prize Pool: $412,100
First-Place Prize: $185,445
Places Paid: 5

Final-Table Results:

1: Frank Kassela (pictured right) -- $185,445
2: Raphael Zimmerman -- $103,025
3: Mickey Mills -- $61,815
4: Randy Ohel -- $41,210
5: Andreas Krause -- $20,605

Event No. 28 (no-limit hold'em)

Chino RheemBuy-in: $300
Number of Entries: 1,362
Total Prize Pool: $396,342
First-Place Prize: $92,746
Places Paid: 99

Final-Table Results:

1: Andy Le -- $92,746
2: Richard Doyen -- $51,762
3: Patrick Khalafian -- $36,067
4: Thomas Heitz -- $23,781
5: Ali Barmaki -- $16,646
6: Michael Millard -- $12,683
7: Patricia Mikesell -- $9,512
8: Jack Mgdesyan -- $6,936
9: Gary Miles -- $4,954

Event No. 29 (H.O.R.S.E.)

Scotty NguyenBuy-in: $10,000
Number of Entries: 96
Total Prize Pool: $921,600
First-Place Prize: $339,743
Places Paid: 9

Final-Table Results:

1: Scotty Nguyen (pictured right) -- $339,743
2: Chino Rheem (pictured above) -- $181,227
3: Jeff Madsen -- $121,323
4: Chris Tsiprailidis -- $85,830
5: Matt Graham -- $65,105
6: Bob Golick -- $51,281
7: Amnon Filippi -- $39,300
8: John Monnette -- $28,241
9: Kenny Tran -- $10,000

Event No. 30 (no-limit hold'em)

Erica SchoenbergBuy-in: $1,000
Number of Entries:  304
Total Prize Pool: $294,880
First-Place Prize: $80,652
Places Paid: 36

Final-Table Results:

1: Raz Mael -- $80,652
2: Sam Stein -- $44,232
3: Damdy Sim -- $29,488
4: Samir Jaber -- $20,936
5: Michael Mizrachi -- $15,629
6: Duan Remington -- $12,385
7: Carlos Johnson -- $9,289
8: Andrew Zuzolo -- $6,930
9: Erica Schoenberg (pictured right) -- $5,013

Event No. 31 (no-limit hold'em)

Kyle BowkerBuy-in: $500
Number of Entries: 502
Total Prize Pool: $243,470
First-Place Prize: $63,301
Places Paid: 54

Final-Table Results:

1: Nancy Todd Tyner -- $63,301
2: Chris Birchby -- $34,573
3: Michael Lawson -- $23,617
4: Russell Cockrell -- $16,191
5: Kyle Bowker (pictured right) -- $11,808
6: Ablahad Salim -- $9,252
7: Shawn Glines -- $6,939
8: Chris Walker -- $5,113
9: Ingar Robles -- $3,652