Pros dominate WPT LA Poker Classic final table

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Feb 29, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Another World Poker Tour (WPT) final table means another stacked WPT final table, considering the final six players competing for the Season X LA Poker Classic title includes four of the top young players in the game: David Sands, Jason Somerville, Dan Kelly, and Noah Schwartz.

I’ve already detailed most of Somerville’s story in the run-up to the final table: After recently coming out as the first gay, male, poker player, Somerville has a chance to really turn his coming-out into a story for the mainstream media should he win the LA Poker Classic title.

Sands made a name for himself in the world of online poker, before having a breakout World Series of Poker in 2010 that earned him a spot on the now-defunct Brunson 10 roster (along with LAPC final table mate Dan Kelly). At the 2011 WSOP Sands made an incredibly deep-run in the Main Event, and was part of one of the major storylines ESPN followed –Sands and his Girlfriend Ericka Moutinho were among the final competitors in the Main Event, and sat next to each other for a spell.

Schwartz is another online player who has shifted his focus to live poker tournaments. Considered one of the best online tournament players (as are Sands, Kelly, and Somerville) Schwartz has won countless tournaments under his “4Uhaters” screen-name. This is Schwartz’s third WPT final table (he finished 4th at the 2008 Borgata Winter Open and 3rd at the 2010 Festa al Lago) and he also has a pair of WSOP final tables on his resume including an 8th place showing in the $40k 40th Anniversary tournament from 2009 and a 4th place finish in the $10K Mixed Championship at the 2011 WSOP.

Kelly is one of the winningest players in online poker tournament history where he dominated under the screen-name “DJK123”. Kelly racked up in the vicinity of $3-$4 million in online winnings, including an impressive FOUR PokerStars WCOOP victories, an FTOPS title, and UBOC title. In live tournaments, Kelly has won the $25K 6-Max NLHE Championship at the 2010 WSOP (pocketing over $1.3 million).

Here is a look at the chip-counts for the final six players at the WPT LA Poker Classic:

1. Sean Jazayeri — 4,380,000

2. David Sands — 4,010,000

3. Noah Schwartz — 3,835,000

4. Dan Kelly — 2,570,000

5. Jason Somerville — 840,000

6. Jason Burt — 835,000

The final six players will be back in action under the bright lights and cameras of the World Poker Tour televised final table beginning at 4PM. What’s on the line for the final six players? How about the difference between a $200k payday and a $1.3 million payday, not to mention the career boost that can be expected from winning one of the most prestigious tournaments on the WPT: The WPT LA Poker Classic.

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