There are now 10 levels in the books in the 2013 World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic, and at the end of Day 2 the field has been reduced to less than a third of its original size.
It’s bunched up at the top of the chipcounts and the battle for the overnight chiplead went down to the wire, with Peter Neff edging out the competition to claim the honors. He’ll take 284,700 into Day 3, which puts him just ahead of Ryan Eriquezzo (265,000) and Naoya Kihara (260,400), who battled back and forth at the same table for much of the day. Evan McNiff, Scott Seiver, Justin Young and Sam Stein each ended the day in the top 10. October Niners Jesse Sylvia and Jeremy Ausmus each finished with over 200,000 while Jennifer Harman was just shy of that mark, putting them all well above an average stack of 94,573.
After Day 1 ended with 506 players, 11 additional players elected to register before the start of Day 2 to bring the total field to 517. It’s down slightly from the 549 who played in 2012, but still an impressive turnout for a $10,000 tournament. There will be 63 players making the money, with each of them guaranteed at least $18,360 for making it that far. Making the unofficial table of nine gets you just shy off $100,000, and the last six players are assured of almost $200,000.
The winner will once again be receiving over $1 million, as well as an entry into the WPT Championship and a giant version of the Remington trophy that’s awarded to all of the winners of tournaments at the LAPC. The official payouts for the final table are as follows:
- $1,004,090 (including a $25,000 seat into the WPT Championship)
Defending champion Sean Jazayeri will not be going back-to-back as he went out on Day 2, with Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow, Barry Greenstein, Jason Somerville, John Racener, Dan Kelly, Bertrand Grospellier and David Sands, among many others, joining him on the rail. Carlos Mortensen is the last previous LAPC champion standing in the field, but he’ll have quite a bit of work to do to fight back from a short stack.
Play will resume at 12 pm local time with five 90 minute levels scheduled. If they do not reach the money they will continue to play until they reach 63 players. Here are the top ten chip counts going into Day 3 of the LAPC.
- Peter Neff – 284,700
- Ryan Eriquezzo – 265,000
- Naoya Kihara – 260,400
- Evan McNiff – 248,500
- Scott Seiver – 244,100
- Justin Young – 234,600
- Sam Stein – 233,400
- Randy Ohel – 230,800
- Arthur Morris – 228,500
- Trevor Pope – 225,000