Tournament Tracker: Hellmuth, Selbst Among LAPC Winners

Hellmuth's last live win was almost five years ago

For anyone doubting that the LA Poker Classic draws the toughest competition and the biggest names in the game, a glance at this year’s winners will change your mind.  Sean Jazayeri may be the guy with the biggest payday, but there were several notable names who picked up Remington trophies at the Commerce over the past week.  We’ve got the big names in the winner’s circle, plus results from Copenhagen and South Africa in this edition of Tournament Tracker:

Vanessa Selbst made an early exit from the LAPC Main Event, busting on Day 1, but her trip to Los Angeles was still a very profitable one thanks to two top two finishes.  Selbst picked up one of the biggest scores of the series with a win in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Event.  Technically, Selbst and Jonathan Duhamel chopped the event, but Selbst officially picked up the victory as well as over $140,000, while Duhamel earned another six-figure score and extended his lead in the BLUFF Player of the Year race.

Selbst foloowed that up with a runner-up finish in the $5,100 Heads-Up event, losing to Nicklas Heinecker in the final round.  That score puts her LAPC bounty at more than $170,000.  Edward Kim picked up an even bigger payday by taking the title in the $25,000 LAPC High Roller event.  Like the $5,000 No Limit event, the High Roller event also ended in a chop.  Once the field got to four players, Kim had such a resounding chip lead that they made a four way deal.  High Roller veteran Dan Shak took second place honors, while Dan Fleyshman and Bertrand Grospellier finished third and fourth.

Phil Hellmuth also picked up his victory in the $2,080 Eight Game event with a deal.  The final six chopped up the money, then played it out purely for pride.  Hellmuth, who is certainly a proud guy, took the action seriously and was rewarded with a victory at a final table that included Owais Ahmed, Tyson Marks, and Bryan Devonshire.

Fabrice Soulier scored an outright victory in the $2,080 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em event. The Frenchman continues to produce results and picked up another $63,000 in LA.

The Commerce may have been the center of the poker universe the past week, but it was not the only event running.  EPT Copenhagen wrapped up and the side event action was good to Jonas Klausen, who won the DKK16,200 buy-in No Limit Hold’em and picked up a payday worth over $66,000.

Even Africa got in on the tournament action this week with the second annual WSOP Africa event.  The tournaments, which are comparable to World Series of Poker Circuit events, drew a strong turnout and had a top-rate host in the form of Scotty Nguyen.  The WSOP Main Event winner did not cash in the $3,300 Main Event though.  That final table was an all-African affair with Joe-Boy Rahme taking the title and more than $150,000.  Rob Fenner won the $10,400 High Roller event.

The California action continues this week up north at the Bay 101 Casino in San Jose.  EPT Madrid is also just around the corner, getting underway on March 12th.

Here are the final table results from the aforementioned tournaments:

LA Poker Classic $25,100 buy-in High Roller Event
Prize Pool: $568,100
Entrants: 23

1st: Edward Kim – $242,970*
2nd: Dan Shak – $137,780*
3rd: Dan Fleyshman – $114,800*
4th: Bertrand Grospellier – $72,550*

*denotes four-way deal

LA Poker Classic $5,100 No Limit Hold’em Event
Prize Pool: $475,300
Entrants: 98

1st: Vanessa Selbst – $140,295*
2nd: Jonathan Duhamel – $121,115*
3rd: Josh Brikis – $61,790
4th: Stephen Chidwick – $42,780
5th: Faraz Jaka – $33,270
6th: Yuri Siniak – $26,140
7th: Matt Stout – $21,390
8th: McLean Karr – $16,640
9th: Jonathan Poche – $11,880

LA Poker Classic $5,100 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Event
Prize Pool – $77,600
Entrants: 16

1st: Nicklas Heinecker – $46,560
2nd: Vanessa Selbst – $31,040

LA Poker Classic $2,080 buy-in Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em Event
Prize Pool: $182,360
Entrants: 94

1st: Fabrice Soulier – $63,830
2nd: Zachary Humphrey – $37,380
3rd: Alexandru Masek – $23,710
4th: Omar Saeed – $16,410
5th: Randal Flowers – $12,770
6th: Stephen Moreschi – $9,120

LA Poker Classic $2,080 buy-in Eight Game Event
Prize Pool: $95,060
Entrants: 49

1st: Phil Hellmuth – $22,630*
2nd: Brian Tate – $22,160*
3rd: Brian Devonshire –  $14,880*
4th: Tyson Marks – $18,590*
5th: Owais Ahmed – $12,800*
6th: Mike Gorodinsky – $4,000*

*denotes six-way deal

EPT Copenhagen DKK16,200 buy-in No Limit Hold’em
Prize Pool: DKK1,224,000 ($219,080)
Entrants:  85

1st: Jonas Klausen – $66,798
2nd:  Sam Chartier – $53,696
3rd:  Sergei Baranov – $26,230
4th:  Frank Ohlsson – $19,717
5th:  Rupert Elder – $15,336
6th:  Maxim Panyak – $10,954
7th:  Arvi Vainionkulma – $8,763
8th:  Thomas Frandsen – $6,572

WSOP South Africa $3,300 buy-in Main Event
Prize Pool: $634,380
Entrants: 218

1st: Joe-Boy Rahme – $158,595
2nd: Ivan Pakkiri – $98,012
3rd: Jason Straus – $71,368
4th: James Parker – $52,780
5th: Gregory Ronaldson – $39,649
6th: Marc Joseph – $30,196
7th: Bradley Finn – $23,409
8th: Matt Mulhall – $18,397
9th: Brian Bouwer – $14,654

WSOP South Africa $10,4000 buy-in High Roller Event
Prize Pool: $194,000
Entrants: 20

1st: Rob Fenner – $97,000
2nd: Kinesh Pather – $58,200
3rd: Bennie Lingenfelder – $38,800

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