The first leg of World Poker Tour’s (WPT) California Swing is on. The first of three stops in the "Golden State" begins at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles for the L.A. Poker Classic. The prestigious $10,000 buy-in is one of the most popular annual tournaments in North America.
Having only one qualifying flight, 337 players bought a seat on Day 1 on Saturday. However, registration remains open until the start of Level 10 on Sunday. Sitting atop the leaderboard after the first eight levels of play was Young Man. Man tossed 209,000 into his bag to claim the chiplead.
Canada will be well represented heading into Day 2. Mike Leah (79,000) built the largest Canadian stack. Joining him will be WPT Champions Club members Shawn Buchanan (68,000), Paul Klann (64,000) who won this very event in 2013 for $1,004,090, and Daniel Negreanu (41,000). Greg Mueller (49,900), Matt Salsberg (26,000), and Erik Cajelais (23,000) will also fly the red and white flag.
As to be expected, there was no lack of poker stardom in the field. Defending champ Chris Moorman, Scott Seiver, Dan Smith, Darren Elias, JC Tran, Anthony Zinno, Joe Hachem, Eugene Katchalov, Jason Mercier, Erik Seidel, and Carlos Mortensen all survived the day.
A few notables to hit the showers were Mukul Pahuja, Randall Flowers, Mark Newhouse, Will Failla, Zo Karim, Tony Dunst, Ryan Reiss, Keven Stammen, Tony Gregg, and Jeff Gross.
Play resumes at noon PT on Sunday. Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada for end-of-day updates on all our Canadian grinders.
Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.