Two levels are in the books so far on Day 5 of the 2015 WPT LA Poker Classic, and there have been some big changes through four hours of play.
Four players have already fallen out, reducing the field to just eight players – all of whom, save one, are in a dramatically different spot from where they started Wednesday.
2015 WPT LA Poker Classic – Chip Counts Through Level 25
- Igor Yaroshevskyy – 4,945,000 (+3,730,000)
- Chris Klodnicki – 2,195,000 (+1,141,000)
- Peter Neff – 2,115,000 (+433,000)
- Anthony Zinno – 2,110,000 (+1,545,000)
- Peter Tran – 1,755,000 (-2,365,000)
- Mike Leah – 1,230,000 (-1,100,000)
- Vladimir Dobrovolskiy – 1,200,000 (+15,000)
- Edward Ochana – 585,000 (-816,000)
- Tim Cramer – $100,410 (Out in 9th)
- Ray Henson – $73,640 (Out in 10th)
- Vadim Baranovsky – $73,640 (Out in 11th)
- Ken Aldridge – $73,640 (Out in 12th)
(Increase in bold) (Decrease in italic)
Igor Yaroshevskyy has taken over in a big way, with a key double through former chipleader Peter Tran to thank in that regard. Chris Klodnicki and Peter Neff have each climbed too, but the biggest jump outside of Yaroshevskyy’s belongs to Anthony Zinno.
Zinno already has the lead in the Season XIII WPT Player of the Year race, and seems poised to lock up his second final table of the campaign. He sits a hair above the average after Level 25, while Tran, Mike Leah and Vladimir Dobrovolskiy are on the wrong side at this point. Edward Ochana has less than 15 big blinds going into Level 26, and he’s on the shortest stack of all.
When they started Day 5 12 strong, six-handed tables made forced the shorter stacks to stay active with the blinds hitting them far faster than a full nine-handed table. Ken Aldridge shoved for a pot size bet on the turn of a J T 6 Q board only to run A T into Yaroshevskyy’s monster A Q. With no two-outer on the river, Aldridge was the day’s first casualty in 12th.
Vadim Baranovsky three-bet and then five-bet shoved with J T and Chris Klodnicki called with 9 9. Baranovsky picked up four more outs on an A K 7 flop but bricked out from there, and with his exit in 11th place the clock was paused and the field combined to a single table of 10.
Tran still had almost 4 million at this point and a comfortable lead, and further built to almost 4.7 million after they returned from their first break.
Zinno got a key double to over 26 big blinds when his A A held against Ochana’s 5 5. He took another big pot immediately after he doubled from Tran, but it came with some controversy surrounding Tran’s swapping of chips.
The biggest pot of the tournament to date developed on Hand 37 of 10-handed play. Yaroshevskyy and Tran battled in a landscape-changing confrontation, with Yaroshevskyy opening the action with a raise in early position and Ochana, Tran, Leah and Zinno all coming along to the flop. It came down Q 9 5, action checked to Yaroshevskyy, he bet 200,000 (almost two-thirds pot) and only Tran called to see the 9 turn.
Yaroshevskky checked, Tran bet 300,000 and Yaroshevskyy called. The river is the 6, Yaroshevskyy led out for 265,000, Tran shoved and Yaroshevskyy snap-called, tabling Q Q for a full house. Tran had J T for a busted straight draw, and with a 3,650,000 pot Yaroshevskyy became the first player other than Tran to hold the chiplead in days.
It took most of Level 25, but the first elimination after they combined to a single table came on Hand 46. Ray Henson raised to 65,000 in early position and Tran called on the button. The flop fell J 9 8, both players checked, the 3 hit the turn and Henson bet 85,000. Tran called, the river was the Q and Henson shoved. Tran called, having flopped the nuts with Q T, and Henson’s pocket aces were no match, sending him out in 10th.
Just before the close of Level 25, Tim Cramer open-shoved from under the gun for 15 big blinds with 6 6 and ran into Klodnicki’s A A. The board provided no lifeline for Cramer, and he was out in ninth place – leaving eight players to fight on into Level 26.
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