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2014 L.A. Poker Classic $25,400 Commerce High Roller Day 1: Jonathan Azoulay Leads

Jonathan Azoulay

Eyes weren't only on the World Poker Tour Main Event out in Southern California at the 2014 L.A. Poker Classic on Monday, as the $25,400 Commerce High Roller was also taking place. After the conclusion of Day 1, a prize pool of $625,000 was generated from 25 entries and 12 players remained. Topping the survivors as the leader was Jonathan Azoulay with 231,300 in chips.

Day 1 Chip Counts

1Jonathan Azoulay231,300
2Kevin Jonna194,700
3Ryan Fee152,300
4Anthony Zinno132,500
5Paul Volpe101,100
6Chris Moore93,500
7Isaac Baron66,000
8Kyle Julius63,700
9Phil Galfond63,500
10Matt Marafioti57,600
11Zack Clark54,700
12Jason Koon50,100

According to, others who played the event but were eliminated on Day 1 included Dominik Nitsche, Antonio Esfandiari, Andrew Lichtenberger, Dan Smith, Ben Sulsky, and Dan Shak.

The top three spots in the event will be paid out, which will lead to an exciting Day 2 of play. First place is worth $300,000, while second place will receive $200,000 and third place $125,000. Day 2 will begin Tuesday at 2 p.m. local time.

Last year, Rodger Johnson won this event for $182,315 after topping a field of 24 entries. A deal was made between the final four players of Brandon Meyers (2nd - $172,915), Micah Raskin (3rd - $117,140), and Tom Marchese (4th - $118,030).

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