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L.A. Poker Classic -- Preliminary Events Update

Al Barbieri Wins Two Preliminary Events in Four Days at Commerce Casino

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Al BarbieriThe 2010 L.A. Poker Classic began on Jan. 20 at the Commerce Casino in Southern California. There have been 14 winners crowned in 15 events during the last two weeks, and thousands of players have entered the preliminaries. The tournament kicked off with a bang two weeks ago. The $300 no-limit hold’em event with a $1 million-guaranteed prize pool attracted 5,847 players, and the champion was Darrell Cain, who took home $363,936 for first place.

This has been the largest preliminary event during the early stretch of the tournament series, by far. The next largest was a $300 no-limit hold’em double-stack event that took place on Feb. 1 and attracted 440 players.

The player who has performed the best so far at the Commerce is Al Barbieri (pictured left). He won the $300 seven-card stud eight-or-better event on Jan. 27, topping a field of 150 players to win $12,970. On Jan. 31, Barbieri entered the $500 no-limit hold’em event with a $200,000-guaranteed prize pool and won that event, as well. His second tournament victory awarded him $54,700 in prize money for defeating 364 opponents.

Another notable victory during the preliminaries came when Eddie Alaei won the $500 no-limit hold’em event on Jan. 27. Alaei is the father of poker professional Daniel Alaei, who holds two World Series of Poker gold bracelets. Eddie was awarded $41,210 in prize money for a topping a field of 296 players.

There are still 35 events left on the schedule at Commerce, and you can see the full lineup on the tournament’s landing page. Upcoming highlights include the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. championship, the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational, the $10,000 heads-up no-limit hold’em championship, and the WPT L.A. Poker Classic no-limit hold’em championship event, which begins on Feb. 26. Card Player will bring you full live updates from the heads-up no-limit hold’em championship and the WPT championship events.

Here are the current preliminary results from the L.A. Poker Classic:

Event No. 1 ($300 no-limit hold’em): Darrell Cain — $363,936 (5,847 entries)
Event No. 2 ($300 limit hold’em): Andy Phan — $29,198 (371 entries)
Event No. 3 ($500 no-limit hold’em): Roland Weedon — $36,580 (263 entries)
Event No. 4 ($300 seven-card stud): Michael Rocco — $15,020 (162 entries)
Event No. 5 ($300 no-limit hold’em shootout): John Nguyen — $20,130 (250 entries)
Event No. 6 ($300 Omaha 8OB): Matthew Ho — $25,230 (320 entries)
Event No. 7 ($500 no-limit hold’em): Eddie Alaei — $41,210 (296 entries)
Event No. 8 ($300 seven-card stud 8OB): Al Barbieri — $12,970 (150 entries)
Event No. 9 ($500 Omaha 8OB/stud 8OB): Jack Rosenfeldt — $18,920 (131 entries)
Event No. 10 ($500 6-hand no-limit hold’em): Aaron Motoyama — $31,810 (207 entries)
Event No. 11 ($300 no-limit hold’em w/rebuys): Stephen Ma — $71,292 (183 entries)
Event No. 12 ($500 H.O.R.S.E.): Stephen Evan Su — $25,120 (174 entries)
Event No. 13 ($500 no-limit hold’em): Al Barbieri — $54,700 (365 entries)
Event No. 14 ($300 no-limit hold’em double stack): Amir Ghazvinian — $34,230 (440 entries)
Event No. 15 ($500 limit hold’em): Nicholas Derke — $15,670 (96 entries)