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   Sunday, March 03 2024 
WPT L.A. Poker Classic: Scott Blackman imposes his game in the Main Event

Since the middle of January, the Commerce Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles received the 16th step of the circuit World Poker Tour Season XII. Numerous poker events followed one after one since this period, but the key point of this WPT L.A. Poker Classic remains the Main Event with a buy-in of $10,000 which started during the last weekend. 501 players registered in the Day 1 of the Main Event, but thanks to the formula « late registration » up to the beginning of the Day 2, the event counts a total of 534 registrations. Out of the 501 incomers of the Main Event’s first day, on Saturday March 1st, 370 managed to qualify for the Day 2. Scott Blackman was the chipleader with a stack of 190,300 chips before Ali Eslami (129,200), Joe Tehan (112,850), Daniel Steinberg (111,000) and JC Tran (108,800), but other notable players continued the adventure, following the example of Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Mike Sexton, Marvin Rettenmaier, Greg Merson, Will Failla, Erik Seidel, Vanessa Selbst, Betrand « ElkY » Grospellier, Fabrice Soulier, as well as Patrick Bruel.

The Day 2 started on Sunday with the 370 survivors of the Day 1, in addition to the 33 new registered at the beginning of the day. At the end of the day, 174 players survived with always Scott Blackman as chipleader. The American counted 380,000 chips against 280,000 for Daniel Steinberg and 251,000 for David Paredes, to conclude the top 3 of the chipcount before the Day 3. Among the eliminated of the day, we remind the case of notable players such as Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey and Vanessa Selbst. As a reminder, this poker tournament guarantees a prizepool of $1,015,460 for the winner, and a minimum prize of $18,970 for the 63 paid places.

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