By The Numbers: The 2012 LA Poker Classic

The poker world is full of facts, figures, stats and records. With so many numbers being crunched day in and day out, sometimes it is tough to see what they all add up to. That is why BLUFF brings you some of the more interesting numbers related to the big tournaments, big stories, and big personalities in the poker world. Some are factual, some are fun, some are both. In this edition, we’ll take a look at the highlights from one of the biggest series of the year, the LA Poker Classic by the numbers:

0 Number of women who cashed in the LAPC Main Event.  Even though Vanessa Selbst had a strong showing at LAPC, winning the $5,000 No Limit Event and taking second in the $5,100 Heads-Up event, the females did not fare well when it came to the big show.  None of them managed to finish in the top 54 players and pick up a payday.

3 Number of times LA Poker Classic winner Sean Jazayeri attended WPT Boot Camp prior to winning a WPT title.  The recreational player defeated a stacked final table to win over $1.3 million and it appears his lessons at Boot Camp paid off handsomely.

16 Number of WPT cashes for David “The Dragon” Pham.  Pham has cashed in eight of the ten WPT seasons and has finished second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and now eighth.  Pham made a run at his eighth WPT final table, but came up just short, coming in eighth place for $110,680.

20 Percentage the field size for the Main Event decreased between 2011 and 2012 for the LAPC Main Event.  Even though the field size fell from 681 to 549, the prize pool was still one of the biggest the WPT will see all season at $5,270,400

50 Number of events in this year’s series.  Running from January 17th all the way up through February 29th, the series consisted of six weeks of poker action with tens of millions of dollars in prize money.

55 Finishing position for Phil Ivey.  The enigmatic Ivey returned to the US felt after a nearly year-long absence and his presence was met with both enthusiasm and disdain.  After a strong start in the LAPC Main Event, Ivey’s luck fizzled on Day 3 and the Season VI LAPC Champ ended up being the exact bubble boy.

1,726 Number of days since Phil Hellmuth notched a live win prior to the LAPC.  Hellmuth’s last live win was his 11th bracelet in 2007.  Since then, as you all might know, he has come very close numerous times, but it was only in the $2,080 Eight Game side event at this year’s LAPC that he was finally able to break his cold streak.

9,744 Average number of chips per minute lost by Tuan Phan on Day 4 of the LAPC Main Event.  Phan began Day 4 in the top spot, beginning the day with 1,041,000 chips.  Phan lost a series of pots in what tablemate David Sands termed an “equity fire sale” and in the span of just under two hours of play, he went from chip leader to out in 43rd place.  That is a rate of one starting stack every three minutes of play and a little more than one big blind per minute.

121,155 Dollars earned by Jonathan Duhamel for his runner-up finish in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em side event.  That puts the early BLUFF Player of the Year frontrunner at $1,345,366 in earnings this year with six cashes, six final tables, and 684.9 POY points.

10,133,369 Combined online earnings in dollars for David Sands, Dan Kelly, and Jason Somerville.  The three prolific online grinders may have all been making their WPT final table debuts, but as this number will tell you, they are far from inexperienced when it comes to tournament poker.

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