Huge fields highlighted Grand Slam of Poker at Hustler

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With the dog days of summer bringing the heat, even in the mild climate in Southern California, players still flocked in droves to Larry Flynt’s Grand Slam of Poker at the Hustler Casino on July 14-29. The core of this series was three events, all with multiple starting flights and buy-ins ($220-$270).

In addition to these three events, there were nightly deepstacks for those who busted early and hadn’t had their fill of poker for the day. The three primary events totaled more than 3,500 players and nearly $600,000 in prize money.

Event 1 had Marc Wolpert taking it down for $27K with Dong Xu second ($17K). Bruce Buffer and local pro Barbara Enright also made their way to the money in this one. Caesar Natividad claimed the top prize of $67K in Event 2 with Sam Lee taking second ($35,500). Finally, Event 3 champ Nipun Java picked up $37K and Brian Freeman was second for a little more than $20K.

With the Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino for most of the month of August, next up is the 27-event Commerce Poker Series kicking off Sept 4.

SOCIAL MEDIA: For those into social media and want to add some Los Angeles follows for the local cardrooms, here is a list on Twitter:
@HustlerCasinoLA
@BicycleCasino
@NormandieCasino
@CommerceCasino
@gardenscasino
@PlayHPC (Hollywood Park)

— Email Dave Palm at LA.AnteUp@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @AnteUpLosAngele.

Grand Slam of Poker, Hustler Casino, July 14-29

Event 1 • $220
Entries: 747 • Pool: $134K
1. Marc Wolpert, $27,000
2. Dong Xu, $17,000
3. Vadim Baranovsky, $12,500
4. Rodolfo Awad, $10,000
5. Paul Serratecortes, $7,500
6. Ted Xentaras, $5,000
7. David Niedringhaus, $3,500
8. John Choi, $2,500
9. Hyle Han, $1,515
Event 2 • $250
Entries: 1,528 • Pool: $311K
1. Caesar Natividad, $67,000
2. Sam Lee, $35,500
3. Dathan Kuppin, $24,150
4. Sami Kanawati, $17,300
5. Phillip Zangwill, $13,450
6. Anthony Petreccia, $10,325
7. Florentino Montero, $7,725
8. George Kozel, $5,700
9. Arpad Fabian, $4,175
Event 3 • $270
Entries: 1,295 • Pool: $289K
1. Nipun Java, $39,000
2. Brian Freeman, $20,050
3. Nir Uri, $13,550
4. Vadim Baranovsky, $11,050
5. Nicholas Ronyecz, $9,500
6. Armando Mesina, $8,100
7. Senon Pastores, $6,375
8. Farsheed Farhang, $5,000
9. Behzad Javadzadeh, $3,900