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Kevin Jonna Wins 2014 L.A. Poker Classic $25,400 Commerce High Roller

Kevin Jonna

After a field of 25 entries were whittled down to 12 following Day 1 of the 2014 L.A. Poker Classic $25,400 Commerce High Roller, play resumed for Day 2 on Tuesday to find a winner. That player, taking home $262,840 after a heads-up deal, was Kevin Jonna. He defeated Matt Marafioti, who earned $237,160 for finishing in second place.

1Kevin Jonna$262,840*
2Matt Marafioti$237,160*
3Jason Koon$125,000

*Denotes heads-up deal.

California's Jonna earned by far the largest live tournament score of his career. Previously, he had just $38,694 in earnings, and his largest result came from a 38th-place finish in the 2013 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event for $25,810.

Some of the notables that advanced to Day 2, but did not cash were Chris Moore, Phil Galfond, Anthony Zinno, and Paul Volpe. Volpe fell in fifth place, according to, and that set up the tournament in the official bubble. That's where it was time for Kyle Julius' run to come to an end.

With four players left and only three getting paid, Julius had moved all in from under the gun. Jonna was in the small blind and made the call to put Julius at risk. Jonna had the {A-Hearts}{J-Spades} to dominate Julius' {A-Spades}{5-Clubs}, and the board ran out {10-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{J-Spades}{9-Hearts}.

Falling in third place was Jason Koon, who was also eliminated by Jonna. It was his {Q-Spades}{9-Spades} that lost out to Jonna's {K-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}.

Shortly thereafter, Jonna and Marafioti struck a deal that saw Jonna walk away with the title and over $25,000 in extra prize money.

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