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2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Day 3: Bubble Bursts; Defending Champ Falls

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Day 3 of the 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event came to a close Monday night after the bubble burst to leave just 63 players vying for the title. At the conclusion of play, Jesse Yaginuma controlled the largest stack in the field to become chip leader moving forward. Yaginuma bagged 804,000 in chips.

Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Jesse Yaginuma804,000
2Glenn Lafaye760,000
3Jennifer Tilly639,500
4Bryn Kenney602,000
5Michael Rocco588,000
6Allen Pock574,500
7Adam Friedman520,500
8Huy Lam499,000
9Dan O'Brien450,000
10Mukul Pahuja429,500

With only the top 63 players making the money, that meant plenty would fall en route to those earning a cash. Gordan Vayo would eventually become the most scorned individual as he fell in 64th place as the tournament's official bubble boy.

According to the WPT live updates, it was Level 17 with the blinds at 2,500/5,000/500 when Vayo opened with a raise to 11,000 from middle position. Oliver Price reraised to 26,000 out of the big blind, and then Vayo jammed all in for 99,500. Price snap-called with the {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}, which had Vayo's {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} in very bad shape. The {10-Spades}{8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} board provided no help to Vayo, and he was eliminated. Price went on to finish the day with 214,000 in chips.

At the end of Day 2, 172 players were remaining. With just around two thirds of them needing to bust before Day 3 came to a close, you can expect the rail to be littered with notable eliminations. Some of those who fell short of the money were Paul Volpe, Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Joe Hachem, Allen Kessler, JC Tran, Scott Seiver, and Antonio Esfandiari. Also falling on Day 3 was the defending champion, Paul Klann.

During Level 14 with the blinds at 1,200/2,400/400, Klann got all in with {A-}{2-} against Matt Waxman's {A-}{10-}. Waxman flopped top two pair and held up from there to bust Klann and ensure the reigning champion would not be repeating. Waxman advanced to Day 4 with 280,000 in chips.

Other players who will be in action when play kicks off on Tuesday at 12 p.m. local time are Chris Moorman (359,000), Naoya Kihara (257,500), Ravi Raghavan (198,000), Jason Mercier (142,000), Eugene Katchalov (90,500), and the short stack, former WPT Player of the Year Joe Serock (45,000).

Action will be hot and heavy from the Commerce Casino in Southern California on Tuesday, and you can tune right back in here to PokerNews following the completion of play for a complete recap of the day. The goal is to play down to the final 18 players.

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