The first stop of the three-part California Swing came to a close late last week with German Dietrich Fast winning World Poker Tour (WPT) L.A. Poker Classic for just over $1 million.
The WPT L.A. Poker Classic carried a $10,000 cost of entry and saw 515 total entries to create a prize pool of $4,944,000.
The prestigious tournament had a single starting flight that concluded after eight one-hour levels with Chance Kornuth leading the approximately 320 players still holding chips. He bagged 153,600 for Day 2.
The top Canadian stack was held by WPT Champions Club member Matthew Lapossie who won WPT Fallsview in 2014. He finished Day 1 with 107,600 chips. Shawn Buchanan (56,800), Mike Leah (54,200), Matt Salsberg (51,500), Daniel Negreanu (22,000), and Justin Oliver (14,200) were other notable Canadians to survive the day.
Day 2 saw the field reduced to 111 players which was still well off of the money bubble that would burst when 63 players remained. This time, Sam Soverel was the chip leader with 466,400 chips and Matthew Lapossie continued to be the top Canadian with 398,700 — good for third overall. Unfortunately, none of the other Canadians made it through the day.
When another day came to an end, Dietrich Fast held the chip lead of 1,070,000 for Day 3 and was the only player into seven figures. Day 2 chip leader Sam Soverel was on Fast’s tail with 979,000. The lone Canadian, Matthew Lapossie, was still in there with 379,000 out of the 42 players remaining, all of them now in the money.
However, Day 4 was the end of the road for Matthew Lapossie. He was still in the game late in the day but was eliminated in 19th place for $42,880 when he four-bet jammed with and was racing against David Farber’s . The board paired Farber’s ten and Lapossie’s run came to an end, as did any hope for a Canadian WPT title.
Mike Shariati led the final 14 players going into Day 5 and he held on to the end of another day to find himself third in chips for the official final table. Anthony Spinella held the most with 3,705,000 while Farid Jattin followed with 2,630,000. The bottom half of the counts was filled by Sam Soverel (2,425,000), Dietrich Fast (2,365,000), and Alex Keating (1,785,000) to create a very tight final table that could go anyone’s way.
The bright lights came out on the final day for the televised final table. The elaborate set was put together and the final six took seats in front of cameras while Mike Sexton, Vince Van Patten, and Lynn Gilmartin looked on and provided commentary.
It took several orbits of play before the first elimination saw Anthony Spinella find himself the first one to vacate his seat after starting the day with the chip lead. He was down to a fraction of what he sat down with and got it all in only to see two players call. Ultimately, he showed and was no good against Sam Soverel’s on the board of . Spinella collected $191,250 for finishing in sixth place.
It took another 30 hands before another player was eliminated. Farid Jattin three-bet all in with and was in bad shape against the massive of Alex Keating. He never caught up when the board was dealt and he pocketed $238,070 for the fifth-place finish.
A dozen hands later, Sam Soverel met his demise after he called a bet of 110,000 from Dietrich Fast on a flop, a bet of 225,000 on the turn of , and then raised all in on the river card of . Fast eventually called with to catch the Soverel’s bluff with . Soverel earned $316,440 for finishing fourth.
After the very next hand, play was heads-up when Alex Keating quickly followed Soverel to the exit. Keating opened the action with a raise to 250,000 and Dietrich Fast three-bet to 675,000. Keating jammed the little less than 5 million he had remaining and Fast instantly called. Keating’s was dominated by Fast’s and he was unable to recover, collecting $423,890 for finishing third.
With that knockout, Fast was sitting on a comfortable 11,975,000 chips to begin heads-up play against Mike Shariati who held 3,470,000.
More than 50 hands later, it was finally settled. Dietrich Fast never once gave up the chip lead, slowly grinding away Mike Shariati until Shariati three-bet shoved a little less than 5 million and Fast made the call.
Shariati had a respectable but Fast had one better with . The flop of gave both players a pair but the turn of allowed Shariati to surge into the lead with two pairs. Unfortunately for him, the river card was the , counterfeiting his second pair as there was now two pairs on the board and Fast’s nine kicker was enough to win the pot and the tournament. Shariati had to settle for $656,540 while Fast earned $1,000,800.
WPT L.A. Poker Classic Final Table Results
The next stop on WPT’s California Swing is WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star with a somewhat lower buy-in of $7,500 hosted at Bay 101 Casino in San Diego, California. Watch PokerNews Canada for a recap of that event when it concludes, highlighting the Canadian contingent.
Details and photos courtesy of the WPT Live Updates.