With two hour levels and some deep stacks in play, it seemed as if Day 5 of the 2015 WPT LA Poker Classic could stretch on well into the evening as they played towards a final table.
After an explosive hour of poker, however, the final table of the LAPC is set and some big things are in play with $1 million on the line Thursday at the Commerce. Anthony Zinno has positioned himself for a chance to be the second player to win back-to-back WPT titles in Season XIII and just the third player with three overall WPT victories.
Zinno is just a few weeks removed from winning the Fallsview Poker Classic, and every spot he finishes up the ladder on Thursday means more breathing room in the WPT Player of the Year race. He’ll start the final table in fifth, but the four stacks under average are all well within range of each other.
Igor Yaroshevskyy and Mike Leah, on the other hand, hold a significant lead on those other four players. Yaroshevskyy broke out with a huge double during the first few hours of Day 5, and he built upon that stack in the final hour of play. It’s already the best result of Yaroshevskyy’s career by more than three times, but he has the chips to make this result all that much sweeter.
Leah continues to enjoy the best run of his career in making his first career WPT final table. He finished second in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race, with a slew of huge results including his first career WSOP bracelet in Australia back in October. Leah starts this final table in second after a couple of fortunate hands in the final hour, and he’ll be a force to reckon with.
Chris Klodnicki was on the wrong side of a huge pot with Leah late, but he’ll have his chance for revenge Thursday. In a career with runner-up results in the WSOP’s One Drop High Roller and Poker Players Championship in consecutive years, this is somehow Klodnicki’s WPT final table debut as well.
Peter Tran and Peter Neff, who started Day 5 in first and second, respectively, enter the final table of the LAPC in fourth and third, respectively. Tran has nearly matched his career-best result already, which came, coincidentally, in an LAPC prelim back in 2007. Neff’s eclipsed his personal best result, a 36th place finish in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, and he leads the chasing pack going into this final table.
Three hands in short succession set up the final six players in the way they’ll start out the final table. On Hand 74, Mike Leah was in big trouble after calling a five-bet all in from Klodnicki with Q Q, as Klodnicki held the A A. Leah was, in fact, one card away from elimination when the Q spiked the river, giving him a huge double.
Leah put those chips to good use and won three of the next five pots, but he was on the sidelines for Hand 80. Yaroshevskyy opened with a raise to 85,000 and Edward Ochana three-bet all in for just under eight big blinds. Yaroshevskyy called with Q Q and had Ochana’s J J in big trouble; a clean runout saw Ochana sent to the rail in eighth.
It only took five more hands to bring Day 5 to a close. Leah opened to 80,000, Yaroshevskyy called and Vladimir Dobrovolskiy three-bet all in from the button for 825,000. Leah mulled his options for a bit before calling, and Yaroshevskyy got out of the way. It was a bit of a ploy by Leah to try to draw in a third player, as he held A A and dwarfed Dobrovolskiy’s A Q. It was all over by the turn of a 9 5 4 8 T runout, and Leah surged all the way into second after being one card from elimination just 11 hands prior.
Final table action is set for 4 pm PST Thursday from the Commerce Casino, with over $1 million awaiting whomever is fortunate enough to be the last one standing at the end of the night.
2015 WPT LA Poker Classic – Final Table Chip Counts
- Igor Yaroshevskyy – 5,315,000
- Mike Leah – 4,715,000
- Peter Neff – 2,120,000
- Peter Tran – 1,585,000
- Anthony Zinno – 1,480,000
- Chris Klodnicki – 920,000
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