World Poker Tour’s (WPT) California Swing has begun. The three-series stop in the Golden State kicks off in L.A. before heading to San Jose and concluding in Sacramento. The first leg, the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, has been won by Daniel Strelitz for $1,001,110.
For a price of $10,000, 521 entries came through registration at Commerce Casino in L.A. to create a prize pool that tipped over $5 million.
Not a single Canadian was among the 68 players who collected a payout despite Daniel Negreanu, Ema Zajmovic, Matt Salsberg, and Shawn Buchanan making Day 2 of the tournament. Ari Engel and Mike Leah also took a shot but failed to survive the first day.
The final table of six included one prior WPT Champion — someone who earned the title recently but is known for WPT fame for many years. Mike Sexton found his way to the final table after finishing first in a WPT event at Playground in Montreal just weeks ago. This time, he came fourth for $300,690.
Daniel Strelitz got his name engraved on the WPT trophy when he topped the field in L.A this week. It was his eighth WPT cash which his previous best finish being 19th place and his best cash value coming in at just $28,389. The million he just earned is his largest tournament cash by far, though he has finished third and runner-up for a World Series of Poker bracelet in the past.
2017 WPT L.A. Poker Classic Final Table Results
The next stop for WPT will be in San Jose at Bay 101 Casino where the buy-in is $7,500. That tournament starts on Monday, March 6.