WPT: David Sands Takes Big Stack into First WPT Final Table

Sands chopped the $100K Bellagio event back in December

This year’s LA Poker Classic final table is once again a stacked one and it features three young up and comers making their World Poker Tour final table debut. Dan Kelly and Jason Somerville already have WSOP bracelets to their credit. Now both are vying for their first WPT title too. They have some tough competition from one of the other first time final tablists though, as renowned young pro David Sands begins the final day of play second in chips with over 4 million.

It looked as though Sands would not survive Day 4 of the $10,000.  He came into the day short on chips and, at one point, had less than five big blinds in his stack.  Sands rallied though, doubling on several occasions and picking up a fortunate triple up when his pocket sevens cracked both Kelly’s pocket tens and Allen Carter’s pocket queens.  Sands then eliminated Carter in seventh place a few hands later when he picked up jacks to Carter’s eights.  That hand brought Day 4 to a close and set the six-handed televised final table.

Sands is second in chips going into tomorrow, while the comparably inexperienced Sean Jazayeri will come in with a chip-leading 4,380,000.  Jazayeri won the biggest pot of the day when he and David Pham got it all-in preflop in a more than five million chip pot with Pham holding kings to Jazayeri’s aces.

Pham exited in eighth place and is one of 12 players who hit the rail over the course of Day 5 action.  Nick Binger (17th), Joe Hachem (12th), Jason Dewitt (11th), Sorel Mizzi (10th), and Stephen Chidwick (9th) also just missed out on one of the biggest televised final tables of the year.

Noah Schwartz came into the day chip leader and ended by making his third career WPT final table.  He is near the top of the counts with over 3.8 million, while short stacks Jason Somerville and Jason Burt will each begin with around 840,000, which amounts to roughly 13 big blinds each.

The final table gets underway Thursday at 4pm PT and will stream on a thirty minute delay with hole cards on WPT.com.

Here are the chip counts and seat assignments for the LAPC Main Event final table:

Seat 1: Sean Jazayeri – 4,380,000
Seat 2: Jason Burt – 835,000
Seat 3: Dan Kelly – 2,570,000
Seat 4: Jason Somerville – 840,000
Seat 5: Noah Schwartz – 3,835,000
Seat 6: David Sands – 4,010,000

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