Peter Tran & Mike Leah Crack 1M, Lead Final 43 into Day 4 of LAPC

Peter Tran ended play Monday at the LA Poker Classic with the overnight chiplead for the second time in three days.

Peter Tran ended play Monday at the LA Poker Classic with the overnight chiplead for the second time in three days.

While there was some level of confusion about his name after Day 1 of the 2015 WPT LA Poker Classic, there’s no question that Peter Tran has been dominant through the tournament’s first three days.

Tran has the overnight chiplead following Day 3 with 1,369,000, and ‘Young Man’, as he’s called himself, is one of only three players who bagged seven figures. Mike Leah (1,185,000) and Peter Neff (1,034,000) join him in that distinction

Most of the day wasn’t as easy for Leah as his stack might indicate, though.

“It was hard fighting all day,” said Leah shortly after play wrapped up. “I had a couple of really tough tables, but in about half an hour I went from 280,000 to 1.1 million. That was a good half hour, and I didn’t even double up once.”

Curt Kohlberg (990,000) isn’t far off in his own right, just missing out on a million-chip stack of his own to end Day 3. Greg Mueller (695,000) and Eddy Sabat (460,000) also ended play Monday in the top 10.

Just five WPT Champions Club members remain, and they’re all below average going into Day 4. Daniel Negreanu, Scott Seiver and Shawn Buchanan aren’t too far off the pace, but current WPT Player of the Year leader Anthony Zinno and Erik Seidel will have some work to do to fight back off the short stack.

The field had to be cut nearly in half before they reached the money on Day 3, and the Champions Club members who made it that far were similarly halved before the money from 14 to seven. JC Tran, Marvin Rettenmaier, Joe Hachem and 2013 LAPC champion Paul Klann each left the Commerce empty-handed on Day 3, as did Candace Collins, the last of the WPT Ones to Watch left standing.

Matt Berkey got the closest to the money among that unfortunate group, but he fell at Leah’s hands with A 9 against A T to officially burst the bubble.

Adam Friedman (61st), Gordon Vayo (60th), Ryan Laplante (58th) and David Tuthill (57th) each reached the first payout level before the knockout blows that ended each of their respective runs. Ryan Fee (52nd), Matt Waxman (48th) and two-time Season XIII champion Darren Elias (46th) each made the first pay bump, while Bryce Yockey (45th) was one of two players to reach the third payout tier just before the end of the night.

The 43 players left in contention return at 12 pm PST Tuesday, and according to WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage they’ll play five full 90 minute levels no matter how close they get to a final table.

2015 WPT LA Poker Classic – End of Day 3 Chip Counts

  1. Peter Tran – 1,369,000
  2. Mike Leah – 1,185,000
  3. Peter Neff – 1,034,000
  4. Curt Kohlberg – 990,000
  5. Edward Ochana – 831,000
  6. Greg Mueller – 695,000
  7. Brent Hart – 596,000
  8. Kyle Johnson – 584,000
  9. Yegor Tsurikov – 549,000
  10. Eddy Sabat – 460,000
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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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