It seemed at times during Day 5 of the 2013 WPT LA Poker Classic that play would drag on into the late night hours, but a sudden surge of bustouts quickly left us with our final table of six.
Paul Volpe will be the chipleader when play begins Thursday afternoon after eliminating Garrett Greer on the final table bubble when his 9 9 faded Greer’s A K as it ran out 7 6 3 T 9. Greer earned $161,300 as a consolation prize for finishing on the bubble. Volpe is followed by Paul Klann, who took the chiplead from Toby Lewis early in the day Wednesday and held it all the way through until Volpe claimed it on the last hand.
Danny Fuhs is just behind Klann in third place, and his stack was largely built on a hand that happened late in the day as well. He rivered a straight with Q J on a T 9 5 T 8 and got Tuthill to call off his remaining chips with A A. David Fong will enter the final table in fourth, followed by Lewis in fifth and Jesse Yaginuma in sixth. Yaginuma found redemption this time, after falling just short in 10th place at the LAPC back in 2011.
After Blake Barousse was eliminated in 18th place the pace slowed down dramatically, with no one else going out for nearly a level. Andrew Whitaker would eventually go out 17th, followed quickly by the infamous Michael “Squeaky” Winnett, who made a surprising quiet and respectful exit as the last of his chips were sent over to Ben Zamani. Happiness would be short-lived for Zamani, though, as he would double up Tuthill and Yaginuma and he was eventually the next to go.
Randy Ohel, one of two bracelet winners who made it to Day 5 would go out in 14th place after losing a coinflip with 9 9 to Greer’s A K with the A hitting on the river. Gary Lent wasn’t far behind in 13th, and October Niner Jeremy Ausmus, who grabbed the chiplead on Day 3 and was at or near the top for almost two full days, would be eliminated in 12th. Alex Venovski picked up a great spot to double up with J J, but Volpe’s A 3 would spike an A on the flop to bring the field down to a single table of 10.
It took almost three full orbits for a significant pot to develop, but when it did it would be to the detriment of Bruce Kramer. On a board of 9 8 7 6, Kramer open-shoved the last of his chips with 6 6 but Fuhs had made his hand on the turn too as his A T was good for a straight as Kramer would go out 10th. Naoya Kihara, the other bracelet winner in the field and the first Japanese player to win a WSOP event, would go out ninth, as yet another instance of A K against 9 9, a preflop all-in situation that happened three different times Wednesday, would go against him when the K spiked the flop.
With the eliminations of Tuthill in eighth and Greer in seventh, the final table was set for Thursday. Play will resume at 4 pm local time, with the live stream getting underway 30 minutes later to compensate for the delay. All six players are guaranteed $193,560, with the winner earning just over $1 million, a $25,000 seat in the WPT Championship and the Remington trophy.
Here are the top ten chip counts going into the final table of the 2013 WPT LA Poker Classic.
- Paul Volpe – 4,170,000
- Paul Klann – 3,440,000
- Daniel Fuhs – 3,320,000
- David Fong – 2,100,000
- Toby Lewis – 1,465,000
- Jesse Yaginuma – 1,250,000