Amateur beats the pros at the WPT LA Poker Classic

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Mar 01, 2012 Posted in Tournament News, WPT News | No Comments »

With a stacked final table that included four of the top young players in poker it was easy to overlook the chip-leader entering the final day of the WPT LA Poker Classic, Sean Jazayeri, but by the end of the day the man who went to the WPT Boot Camp to pick-up a few pointers managed to hand-out a few pointers of his own, as he went virtually wire-to-wire at the final table to win the WPT LA Poker Classic and the $1.3 million first-place prize-money.

After the eliminations of the two short-stacked Jasons –Jason Somerville and Jason Burt—it looked like Jazayeri would coast to the title, as he opened up a massive chip-lead, but with names like Noah Schwartz, David Sands, and Dan Kelly in hot pursuit Jazayeri was right to feel his more experienced opponents would start to gain ground as the field shrank, which did eventually happen.

Somerville’s amazing run, just days after becoming the first openly gay male poker player, came to an end on the second hand of the day when he got it all-in against Jazayeri’s A/Q with Pocket 8’s. Somerville looked to be on his way to a double-up until the dealer peeled a Queen on the River.

Schwartz was the next player to go, and the young star Tweeted his disappointment at his own play shortly thereafter: “Has to be the worst I’ve ever played .. Good time to do so. there is no consolation. So disguisted in myself” The elimination of Schwartz left Jazayeri, Kelly, and Sands to fight for the title.

Kelly would be the next man to hit the rail, as David Sands went on a bit of a heater to build up an impressive chip-stack, and with the elimination of Kelly he even moved ahead of Jazayeri entering the heads-up battle. But Jazayeri wasn’t content with a second-place showing, and battled one of the game’s best to the bitter end, eventually out-racing Sands’ Pocket Queens when Jazayeri flopped an Ace to see his A/K take the lead. A few hands later it was all over, and Sean Jazayeri was the 2012 WPT LA Poker Classic Champion.

Sands runner-up finish is the largest cash of his career, bettering his 2nd place finish in the $100k Super-High-Roller tournament at the 2011 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic this past December. His career live tournament earnings now stands at nearly $2.8 million.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the LA Poker Classic Main Event:

* 1st place: Sean Jazayeri – $1,370,240

* 2nd place: David Sands – $806,370

* 3rd place: Dan Kelly – $521,770

* 4th place: Noah Schwartz – $355,750

* 5th place: Jason Burt – $252,980

* 6th place: Jason Somerville – $202,910

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