Brent Hart Excels on Day 2 of LAPC, Leads With 120 Players Left

Brent Hart was the best there was on Day 2 of the 2015 WPT LA Poker Classic, bagging over 100,000 more than his nearest competitor.

Brent Hart was the best there was on Day 2 of the 2015 WPT LA Poker Classic, bagging over 100,000 more than his nearest competitor.

Sunday was a bad day for WPT Champions Club members in the LA Poker Classic, with more than 20 past champions falling by the time Day 2 rolled to its conclusion.

Brent Hart, on the other hand, had the best day of all and ended with 487,900 – good enough for a lead of over 100,000 on Michael Kamran, who ended Day 2 in second place with 387,400. Ken ‘Teach’ Aldridge (355,900) and Dylan Hortin (346,600) enter Day 3 in the top 5, with Peter Neff (303,800) near the top of the counts himself for the second day in a row.

They’re part of a contingent 120 players strong heading into Monday’s money bubble. Daniel Negreanu, Connor Drinan, Matt Berkey, David Tuthill, Eddy Sabat, Curt Kohlberg, Igor Kurganov, David Baker, JC Tran, Joe Hachem, Mike Leah and Darren Elias are just a small sample of the star power lingering in the middle of the chip counts going into Day 3.

With registration closing after Level 9, the first of five levels played on Day 2, they all know that they’re playing for over $1 million at the LAPC. The field ended at 538, edging past the mark of 534 set in 2014, and that means that for the second consecutive year 63 players will cash.

Everyone who finishes ninth or better locks up six figures, with the winner’s prize locked in at $1,000,460. They’ll also get a $15,400 WPT Championship seat, a pair of gold Monster 24K headphones, a Hublot watch and a permanent spot for their name on the WPT Champions Cup

Chris Moorman won’t add his name to that trophy again this time around in Los Angeles. The defending LAPC champion was one of hundreds who saw their championship hopes dashed on Day 2. Three of the four WPT Ones to Watch joined Moorman on the rail, as Justin Zaki, Jose Serratos and Vlad Mezheritsky failed to put together any kind of momentum.

Candace Collins, on the other hand, fought back from a short stack several times and fought hard for a spot on Day 3. Stay tuned to tomorrow for an in-depth conversation with the last of the Ones to Watch standing.

As they did on Day 2, the remaining players will fight tooth and nail through five 90-minute levels on Day 3. They’ll almost certainly reach the money well before the end of the night, but should they fail in that goal the day will extend as long as is necessary to get down to 63 players.

Cards go in the air at 12 pm PST Monday, and stay tuned to BLUFF for continued coverage from the floor at the Commerce Casino.

2015 WPT LA Poker Classic – End of Day 2 Chip Counts

  1. Brent Hart – 487,900
  2. Michael Kamran – 387,400
  3. Max Mashour – 366,300
  4. Ken Aldridge – 355,900
  5. Dylan Hortin – 346,600
  6. Pratik Ghatge – 306,200
  7. Peter Neff – 303,800
  8. William Miner – 298,500
  9. Matthew Diehl – 290,500
  10. Niall Farrell – 286,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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