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WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event -- Day 4

The Field Marches Down to 22 Players and Carlos Mortensen Leads the Field

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Carlos MortensenThe fourth day of the $10,000 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic no-limit hold’em main event took place today at Commerce Casino in Southern California. The final 72 players returned to the felt, and each of them was guaranteed to walk away with prize money. The tournament clock began with half an hour left in level 16, since play was extended on day 3 in order for the money bubble to burst. After the loose change of time from the previous day was disposed of, the field then settled in for five full levels of poker and play ended after 9 p.m. this evening.

A lot of big names were lost on day 4 (check list below), and even though the star power was diminished a little, some of the best players in the game have advanced to tomorrow. The survivor list includes Masaaki Kagawa, Annie Duke, Michael Kamran, Johnny Chan, Steve Sung, Dan Martin, Mark Newhouse, and the chip leader at the end of play, Carlos Mortensen (pictured above right).

Newhouse doubled up in a big hand near the end of the night, and that gave him a huge stack. There was 600,000 in the pot and a board of 7Heart Suit 5Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit JDiamond Suit QHeart Suit sitting on the table when Newhouse moved all in for 561,000. Dan Martin went into the tank for a minute behind him and then made the call. Newhouse revealed JSpade Suit 7Spade Suit for two pair, and Martin flipped over KHeart Suit KSpade Suit for a pair. Newhouse won the hand to take the chip lead with 1.5 million, but he wouldn’t hold it for long.

Mortensen took the chip lead when he won the biggest hand of the tournament so far during the closing minutes of the day. There was a pot worth 200,000 and a flop of JClub Suit 8Club Suit 4Club Suit sitting on the table when Michael Woo checked in the small blind. Mortensen bet 146,000 behind him, and Woo made the call. The turn fell 3Spade Suit, and Woo moved all in for 600,000. Mortensen made the call and turned over JDiamond Suit JHeart Suit. Woo turned up QDiamond Suit QSpade Suit, and the river fell AClub Suit. Woo was eliminated on the hand, and Mortensen took the chip lead. He ended the night with 1,669,000.

At the end of the night, 22 players remained, and they will return tomorrow at noon to play down to the final television table of six competitors. Check back in at CardPlayer.com at that time for live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos. Here is a look at the full chip counts heading in to day 5, along with each player’s hometown, and table and seat number:

1 Carlos Mortensen — Henderson, NV 1,669,000 2 1
2 Mark Newhouse — Chapel Hill, NC 1,308,000 3 7
3 Raymond Dolan — Fountain Valley, CA 1,229,000 2 6
4 Masa Kagawa — Tokyo, Japan 1,129,000 3 5
5 Andras Koroknai — Hungary Debrecen 1,002,000 1 2
6 Tri Huynh — Vancouver, BC 942,000 1 4
7 Dan Martin — Klamath Falls, OR 684,000 3 8
8 Jean-Claude Moussa — Toronto, ON 672,000 3 9
9 Steve Sung — Torrance, CA 671,000 2 5
10 Jim Casement — St. Charles, IL 609,000 3 6
11 Tim Begley — Freehold, NJ 603,000 3 4
12 Gevork Kasabyan — Hollywood, CA 594,000 1 3
13 Jamie Brown — Kent, England 552,000 2 8
14 Mari Lou Morelli — Long Beach, CA 456,000 1 1
15 Dylan Linde — Coer D’Alene, ID 447,000 1 9
16 Bob Kairnes — Natiek, MA 421,000 2 3
17 Johnny Chan — Las Vegas, NV 406,000 2 7
18 Danny Fuhs — Long Beach, CA 379,000 2 4
19 Michael Kamran — Los Angeles, CA 327,000 1 8
20 Connor Allisen — Vancouver, BC, Canada 324,000 1 5
21 Annie Duke — Los Angeles, CA 241,000 3 2
22 John Cautela — Marlboro, MA 219,000 3 1

Remaining Payouts:

1: $1,788,001
2: $1,002,710
3: $665,136
4: $450,576
5: $321,840
6: $246,744
7: $185,952
8: $135,888
9: $100,128
10-12: $67,944
13-15: $60,077
16-18: $52,925
19-22: $45,773

Notable Day 4 Cashes:

72: David Baker — $18,595
70: Robert Mizrachi — $18,595
67: Jon Turner — $18,595
66: Daniel Negreanu — $18,595
63: Lauren Kling — $23,602
62: Eugene Katchalov — $23,602
61: David Woo — $23,602
60: Hoyt Corkins — $23,602
59: Vanessa Rousso — $23,602
52: Kenny Nguyen — $29,323
51: Bart Hanson — $29,323
49: Prahlad Friedman — $29,323
46: Peter Traply — $29,323
43: Elliot Smith — $33,614
42: Erica Schoenberg — $33,614
37: Taylor Paur — $33,614
36: Osmin Dardon — $39,336
35: Paul Niemela — $39,336
33: Surinder Sunar — $39,336
32: Vivek Rajkumar — $39,336
31: Chris Moore — $39,336
24: Shawn Buchanan — $45,773
23: Michael Woo — $45,773