Day 3 of the $10,000 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic came to a close when 63 players remained and the money bubble bursted. The final 63 players that will return for Day 4 tonight are guaranteed to take home at least $18,970 and the chip leader is Jesse Yaginuma (picture) with 804,000.
The World Poker Tour Five Diamonds World Poker Classic has been running over the weekend at Bellagio in Las Vegas. A total of 449 players entered the competition and there are 59 players remaining after 3 days of play. The chip leader is Don Nguyen with 774,500, and he will be joined at the poker tables tonight by several poker stars, including Dan O'Brien (504,500), Brian Rast (459,500), Joe Serock (430,000), Jeff Madsen (353,500) and Scotty Nguyen (149,500).
The money bubble will burst when 45 players remain, which should occur early in Day 4. A minimum cash is worth $21,700 and the winner will take home an increadible $1,161,135! Tune back in tomorrow for another update!
On Thursday, Darko Stojanovic denied American poker pro Dan O'Brien his first bracelet, again, in Event #3: €5,300 Mixed Max. In the course of 53 hands, Stojanovic from France defeated the very experienced tournament player Dan O'Brien. O'Brien enjoyed a 3-1 chip when the cards were in the air, but the Stojanovic played very well and doubled up already in the second hand of the match. Stojanovic then dominated play until O'Brien needed a double up to stay in the game...
Day 3 began with 16 players on 4 four-handed tables and was supposed to continue until only four players remained, but the day was still young when four players remained so the action continued until Dan O'Brien and Darko Stojanovic were the last men standing.
391 players paid the buy-in of $10,000 to this year's WPT Bay 101 shooting Star tournament, many of them celebrities and poker pros. Now Day 1a, Day 1b and Day 2 have been played and there are only 36 remaining players and 4 "shooting stars" left as Day 3 is about to start. In the lead we find Michael Kamran, Tony Behari, Chris Moore closely followed by Dan O'Brien & John Monnette.