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L.A. Poker Classic Preliminary Update II

More Professionals Get in on the Act at the Commerce Casino


Carlos MortensenThe 2010 L.A. Poker Classic began on Jan. 20 at the Commerce Casino in Southern California. There have been 32 events that have crowned winners during the last three weeks, and thousands of players have entered the preliminaries. The tournament series kicked off with a bang and never looked back. The first event was $300 no-limit hold’em tournament with a $1 million-guaranteed prize pool that attracted a massive 5,847 entrants.

During the last week, the largest preliminary tournament was event No. 18, a $200 no-limit hold’em tournament with a $250,000-guaranteed prize pool that attracted 2,134 players. The largest in terms of prize pool was event No. 28, a $1,000 no-limit hold’em event with rebuys that generated a total prize pool worth $1 million, which was guaranteed by Commerce Casino.

Four professional players took home tournament titles at the L.A. Poker Classic during the past week, and they are Carlos Mortensen (pictured right), Matt Woodward, John Cernuto, and Chino Rheem. Mortensen won the aforementioned event No. 28 to take home the top prize worth $273,500. He topped a field of 317 players who purchased 381 rebuys and 244 add-ons.

Woodward won event No. 26, a $1,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event, topping a field of 71 entries to win $30,000. Rheem was victorious in event No. 30, a $1,000 deuce-to-seven triple-draw lowball event. He topped a field of 56 players to win $23,910. Cernuto was the champion of event No. 27, a $500 limit hold’em event wherein he took first in a field of 71 entrants to win $11,590.

There are still 18 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 recent preliminary results from the L.A. Poker Classic:

Event No. 16 ($300 6-hand no-limit hold’em): Nick Carrillo — $21,635 (245 entries)
Event No. 17 ($300 heads-up no-limit hold’em): Michael Kamran — $17,860 (256 entries)
Event No. 18 ($200 no-limit hold’em): Inhpounh Vongvone — $100,000 (2,134 entries)
Event No. 19 ($300 double-stack no-limit hold’em): Alexandru Masek— $23,918 (286 entries)
Event No. 20 ($500 double-stack no-limit hold’em): Farbod Ahmadi— $37,430 (269 entries)
Event No. 21 ($300 no-limit hold’em): Steven Moss — $22,326 (267 entries)
Event No. 22 ($500 Omaha 8OB): Barry Levy — $21,840 (147 entries)
Event No. 23 ($1,000 no-limit hold’em): Thanh Luong — $59,400 (211 entries)
Event No. 24 ($500 seven-card stud 8OB): Adam Spiegelberg — $17,730 (123 entries)
Event No. 25 ($500 no-limit hold’em): Denny Robinson — $37,130 (267 entries)
Event No. 26 ($1,000 6-hand no-limit hold’em): Matt Woodward — $30,000 (71 entries)
Event No. 27 ($500 limit hold’em): John Cernuto — $11,590 (71 entries)
Event No. 28 ($1,000 no-limit hold’em w/rebuys): Juan Carlos Mortensen — $273,500 (317 entries, 381 rebuys, 244 add ons)
Event No. 29 ($300 no-limit hold’em bounty): Muruz Yohannes — $22,100 (435 entries)
Event No. 30 ($1,000 2-7 triple draw): Chino Rheem — $23,910 (56 entries)
Event No. 31 ($1,500 no-limit hold’em): Barry Woods — $71,720 (154 entries)
Event No. 32 ($1,000 badugi): Mohammad Fathipour — $11,640 (24 entries)

L.A. Poker Classic Preliminary Update I