2013 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Day 4: Toby Lewis Leads Final 18



Day 4 of the 2013 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic took place Tuesday at the Commerce Casino with the remaining 63 of a 517-player field returning to battle for four levels. In that time, 45 players were sent to the rail, leaving just 18 in contention for the $1,004,090 first-place prize. Leading the way going into Day 5 is the recently-signed member of Team Ivey Poker, Toby Lewis, with 1.816 million.

2013 WPT LA Poker Classic Day 4 Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Chip Count
1 Toby Lewis 1,816,000
2 Paul Klann 1,581,000
3 Paul Volpe 1,562,000
4 Benjamin Zamani 1,380,000
5 David Tuthill 1,086,000
6 Jeremy Ausmus 1,053,000
7 Blake Barousse 954,000
8 Garrett Greer 793,000
9 David Fong 733,000
10 Bruce Kramer 731,000

According to the WPT Live Reporting Team, the day got off to a quick start with several eliminations. The first to go was Dani Stern, who was all in for 116,000 from the hijack with the {8-Spades}{8-Clubs} and was dominated by the {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} of Marios Savvides. The board ran out an uneventful {j-Spades}{7-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{3-Spades} and Stern became the day’s first elimination in 63rd place for $18,360. Savvides went on to finish in 37th place for $25,810.

From there the eliminations continued to mount, including WPT Champions Club members John Hennigan (56th-$18,360), Carlos Mortensen (55th-$18,360), Phil Laak (54th-$21,840) and Scott Seiver (52nd-$21,840). Others eliminated on Day 4 were Mimi Tran (50th-$21,840), Dan Shak (49th-$21,840), Ryan Eriquezzo (47th-$21,840), Trevor Pope (36th-$29,780), Sam Razavi (34th-$29,780) and Joe Hachem (33rd-$29,780).

Hachem’s elimination came in Level 20 (5,000/10,000/1,000) when he got all in holding the {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} on the button and was up against the {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} of Garrett Greer in the hijack. Both players held the same hand, and according to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, there was a 97.09% chance of a tie with Greer having a 1.82% chance of winning the pot outright. That number shot up to 36.36% when the {10-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} flop gave Greer a freeroll to a heart flush, which came to be when the dealer burned and turned the {J-Hearts}. It was a brutal beat for Hachem, who took his leave after the meaningless {9-Diamonds} was run out on the river.

Over the next few hours, Hachem was joined on the rail by Mohsin Charania (32nd-$29,780), Chris Klodnicki (31st-$29,780), Scott Clements (30th-$29,780), David Peters (29th-$29,780), Peter Neff (27th-$34,250), Jesse Sylvia (26th-$34,250), Eric Froehlich (23rd-$38,710), Galen Hall (22nd-$38,710) and Jennifer Harman (21st-$43,180).

Harman’s demise came in Level 22 (8,000/16,000/2,000) when Alexander Venovski opened for 33,000 from early position and Harman moved all in from the cutoff for 210,000. Venovski called with the {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts} and was well out in front of Harman’s {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}. The {8-Spades}{7-Hearts}{3-Hearts} flop was no help to Harman, and neither was the {6-Clubs}. That meant she needed a queen on the river to stay alive, but it wasn’t in the cards as the {K-Clubs} peeled off.

After Ana Marquez was eliminated in 20th place for $43,180, Noah Schwartz got all in preflop holding the {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades} and was racing against the {8-Clubs}{8-Spades} of Jeremy Ausmus. The {j-Spades}{5-Spades}{3-Spades} flop made things interesting as it gave Schwartz a flush draw to go with his overs, but he would be left wanting as the {4-Diamonds} blanked on the turn followed by the {3-Diamonds} on the river. Schwartz was eliminated in 19th place for $43,180 while Ausmus bagged 1,053,000 at the end of Day 4.

While many notables fell, there is still some stiff competition left in the field. Among those headed to Day 5 include Michael Winnett (300,000), Randy Ohel (646,000), Bruce Kramer (731,000), Blake Barousse (954,000), and Paul Volpe (1,562,000).

Day 5 begins Wednesday at noon PT and the remaining 18 players will play down to the final table of six. Stay tuned to PokerNews.com for a full recap of the day’s action upon the completion of play.

Photo courtesy of WorldPokerTour.com.

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