WPT: Toby Lewis Leads Final 18 Players into Day 5 of the LAPC

Toby Lewis leads with 18 players left in the 2013 LA Poker Classic as he tries to add a WPT title to a resume that already includes a win on the EPT.

Day 4 of the 2013 WPT LA Poker Classic started on a blistering pace and didn’t let up for much of the day. After blowing by the original end of day target of 27 players, the field reached its drop-dead point for the day at 18 which brought play to an end just before the end of the fifth level of play Tuesday.

Toby Lewis holds the overnight chiplead as he hopes to add the second part of a triple crown with a victory at the LAPC. Lewis, the last British player remaining in the field, previously won at EPT Vilamoura in 2010 and he holds the most lifetime live tournament earnings of the remaining 18 players as well. He’s closely followed in the chip counts by Paul Klann and Paul Volpe, with Ben Zamani, David Tuthill and previous chipleader Jeremy Ausmus all sitting with over 1 million as well.

They were part of a small group that survived the post-bubble rush, which kicked off with 10 of the 63 players who came back going out in the first 30 minutes of play on Day 4. Dani Stern, Taylor Paur and Evan McNiff were part of that initial rush, which was followed by four WPT Champions Club Members making their exit it quick succession. John Hennigan, Carlos Mortensen, Phil Laak and Scott Seiver went out, reducing the number of previous champions from seven to three, and it wouldn’t go much better for them.

Joe Hachem and Scott Clements would hold on a little bit longer, but they too would find their way to the rail as Noah Schwartz was left as the last one standing. Schwartz would outlast Mohsin Charania, Chris Klodnicki, Jesse Sylvia, Erich Froelich and Galen Hall, but with just 6:54 left in Level 22 his elimination in 19th place ended the day and guaranteed a first-time champion for this event. Jennifer Harman and Ana Marquez made the final three tables, but could not fight back from short stacks as the streak of more than 10 seasons on the WPT without a woman winning an open event continues for at least one more tournament.

Some of the more intriguing storylines going into Day 5 come from the short stacks, with Alexander Venovski and Jesse Yaginuma, two pros with a lot of results but not much in the way of victories each hoping to break through with a $1 million score. 2012 WSOP $1,500 Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw champion Randy Ohel is in the mix, as is Naoya Kihara, a member of team PokerStars Online. Bringing up the rear with shortest stack of them all is Michael Winnett, better known as Squeaky, whose table antics have already earned him several penalties this tournament.

Play will resume at 12 pm local time as they play out the remainder of Level 22 and beyond as they work towards the televised final table of six. Here are the top 10 chip counts going into Day 5 of the 2013 WPT LA Poker Classic.

  1. Toby Lewis – 1,816,000
  2. Paul Klann – 1,581,000
  3. Paul Volpe – 1,562,000
  4. Benjamin Zamani – 1,380,000
  5. David Tuthill – 1,086,000
  6. Jeremy Ausmus – 1,053,000
  7. Blake Barousse – 954,000
  8. Garrett Greer – 793,000
  9. David Fong – 733,000
  10. Bruce Kramer – 731,000
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