Amazing heads-up battle caps off WPT LA Poker Classic
Yesterday I predicted that the World Poker Tour (WPT) LA Poker Classic would be a fairly short final table, so of course that means the final table was a marathon that lasted over 200 hands before Canadian amateur Paul Klann was able to raise his hands in victory as the 2013 LA Poker Classic champion. Klann, the amateur, defeated one of poker’s top tournament players to win the title, Lock Poker pro Paul Volpe.
Volpe was look for his major live tournament win, but started the heads-up battle at a two-to-one chip disadvantage to Klann. But it didn’t take long for the tide to change as Volpe managed to rake in a mountain of chips to take the chip-lead fairly early on in the heads-up match when he bested Klann’s Top Pair with three Deuces. Klann would battle back though, chipping away at Volpe’s lead before besting the poker pro and winning the tournament. Klann earned just over $1,000,000 according to the official payout sheet, but Volpe’s Facebook page says the two made a deal during heads-up play, a deal Volpe said he was “Super happy about.”
Klann took a page out of the amateur poker player handbook, telling reporters, “The way that I looked at it, a lot of them were playing really aggressively… I figured that if I could stay out of the way I could really pick my spots and build up my stack, and they would knock each other out.” Once he managed to get to heads-up play Klann then changed gears and picked-up the aggression knowing that he couldn’t sit idly by and watch players be eliminated, “When it came to heads-up, my game-plan was definitely to be very aggressive and that’s what I did, and I got lucky.”
Volpe wasn’t the only big name at the final table. Joining Volpe was another talented young poker pro, the UK’s Toby Lewis. Lewis recently joined the roster of IveyPoker.com, but his run-good ran-out at the final table and he was the first player eliminated.
Here is a look at the complete final table payouts from the WPT Season XI LA Poker Classic:
1. Paul Klann – $1,004,090
2. Paul Volpe – $651,170
3. Jesse Yaginuma – $429,810
4. Danny Fuhs – $316,650
5. David Fong – $236,250
6. Toby Lewis – $193,560
The WPT will now move on to San Jose for the Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament series. Bay 101 is one of the oldest stops on the WPT and generally attracts a star-studded field. The Main Event will take place from March 4th through March 8th, and will feature two starting days and offer a single reentry to players.
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