The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic came to an end just a few hours ago. Paul "Paulgees81" Volpe, a well-known online pro, brought the largest stack to the final table and Paul Klann was ranked second (about 800,000 less chips than Volpe) when the final table kicked off.
The two Paul's made it to heads up after several hours of play (Volpe 10,225,000 and Klann 5,275,000). Even though Volpe had about a 2-1 chip lead and was the more experienced of the two, Klann managed to overtake the chip-lead several times. The two played beyond midnight (local time) before putting their tournament lives at risk. Now you might think that it was a classic AA vs KK pre-flop all in situation, but that was not the case...
Klann min-raised to 600k, Volpe moved al in for about 8 million. Klann called with K10. Volpe showed J9, and Klann needed to win the hand to stay in the game.
The flop came down 432 and Klann remained out in front. The Q on the turn gave Volpe a few more outs, but still Klann was 65.91% favourite to take down the pot. The dealer burnt a card and revealed the final card: the 6.Klann took home a pot of about 16,000,000 with king-high and Volpe was left with less than a million chips.
On the final hand Volpe moved all in for 550k and Klann called.
The board ran out J842A and Klann won the pot with queen high. Volpe received $651,170 for his second place finish. Klann received $1,004,090, a WPT Champions Trophy and a Remington trophy from the Commerce Casino + a $25,500 seat into the season-ending WPT World Championship.
Final Table Results:
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