Even after eleven years on the World Poker Tour, the LA Poker Classic continues to be one of the most popular stops on the tour. After Day 1 there are already 506 players in the field, and with late registration open until the start of play on Day 2 at noon Sunday that number is only going to grow.
When play came to an end for the night after Level 6, Kamaleddin Abdolrahami held the chiplead with 140,000. Others who managed to clear the 100,000 mark on Day 1 include Joel Micka (121,900), Joe Hachem, David Peters, David Pham and Cy Watson. There were quite a few others who managed to well exceed their starting stack of 30,000, with Maria Ho, Scott Seiver, Shannon Shorr, David Chiu and Dani Stern each able to more than double their stack in the early going.
Defending champion Sean Jazayeri moved in the right direction on Day 1, ending the day with 52,000, well over the average stack which currently sits just above 40,000. There’s a lot of poker to be played and a lot to overcome before Jazayeri can even think of returning to the final table, with 375 of 506 making it through the day. Blinds will be 250/500 when cards go into the air on Day 2, giving even late entrants plenty of room to maneuver.
There was still more than enough time for players to lose their stacks on Day 1, though, and a lot of notables were among the 25% who failed to make it through. Greg Mueller, Darryll Fish, John Phan, Jonathan Little, Jonathan Duhamel, Antonio Esfandiari, Dan Smith, Joseph Cheong and Matt Waxman were just a few of those unfortunate casualties.
Play will resume at noon Sunday, and it will take quite a few late entries to match 2012’s total field of 549. First place is almost guaranteed to be over $1 million, though, with a high likelihood of a prizepool over $5 million. At least 63 players will cash in this tournament.
Here is an unofficial top ten chipcounts after Day 1 of the 2013 WPT LA Poker Classic.
- Kamaleddin Abdolrahimi – 140,000
- Wartan Jalnakrian – 131,075
- Joel Micka – 121,900
- Joe Hachem – 116,700
- David Peters – 113,300
- Michael DiVita – 110,750
- David Pham – 101,000
- Levon Khachatryan – 100,350
- Cy Watson – 100,000
- Dan Callaghan – 99,050