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Commerce, Venetian Award Slew of Six-Figure Tournament Cashes

Anthony Nguyen topped a multi-way chop in L.A.

It was a busy weekend for live poker tournaments across the U.S. In addition to the slew of events covered right here on PokerNews, a couple of big tournaments wrapped up in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, with nine players banking $100K-plus scores.

In the L.A. Poker Classic prelim events, five players chopped the $1,100 LAPC Million, with Anthony Nguyen (pictured) taking top honors and the Remington trophy.

Meanwhile, in the desert, another five-way chop occurred. Venetian hosted its popular DeepStack Extravaganza, and Anthony Spinella added to his accolades in the $1,600 Main Event with a score of $165,000, tops among the deal-makers.

Five-Way Deal Ends LAPC Million

The $1 million guarantee was easily met at Commerce as 1,390 entries were logged in the event, which features four starting flights and single reentry per flight.

Some of those cashing included Jose Montes, Ari Engel, Daniel Strelitz, Brett Murray and Joe Serock. Defending champ Josh Prager nearly repeated but went down in 11th place, and two-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes followed him.

According to the live updates, the players reached a final table and played down to six with George Fuchs holding a decent-sized lead with 10.7 million at 75,000/150,000/150,000. Everyone else was tightly packed between 5.2 million and 6.7 million.

Eventually, Nick Grippo went down in sixth, leaving action five-handed. Play continued past midnight until only about 140 big blinds total remained in play. Short stacks survived several all-in pots over the course of two hours, and the final five ultimately opted to make a deal rather than continue to play with dwindling chip stacks.

With a narrow chip lead, Nguyen was named champ and banked $132,210 with Jared Griener, Scott Stewart, Ivan Emanuely, and Fuchs following him, all netting six-figure cashes.

Official Final Table Results

1Anthony Nguyen$132,210*
2Jared Griener$129,900*
3Scott Stewart$123,450*
4Ivan Emanuely$116,270*
5George Fuchs$108,200*
6Nick Grippo$45,900
7Emad Bastawros$35,390
8Sebastiaan De Jonge$27,600
9Jean Gluck$21,780

*reflects five-way deal

The LAPC continues with several more events, including two $25Ks, leading into the $10K WPT Main Event.

Spinella Adds to Trophy Case

Despite featuring several hours of Day 2 registration, Venetian was forced to cover about $42,000 in overlay in their Main Event as only 599 entries were logged in the $1 million guaranteed tournament.

According to the live updates, Spinella advanced to the final table in second place but quickly won a big pot as chip leader Davis Harari bluffed off to him on a board of {8-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}. Spinella bet-called on the river with {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts} and was shown {j-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}.

Spinella then scored two eliminations before fellow bracelet winner Clayton Maguire got three-outed with ace-king against king-queen to bust in seventh.

Harari then busted Yin Wu with ace-king against ace-queen, and the final five players opted to make a deal as everyone besides Spinella and Harari had less than 25 big blinds. Spinella took down $165,000, Harari got $129,000, and the others got between $72,000 and $102,000.

Official Final Table Results

1Anthony Spinella$165,000*
2Davis Harari$129,000*
3Christopher Carey$102,000*
4Ross Ward$100,000*
5Daniil Shalaev$72,200*
6Yin Wu39,300
7Clayton Maguire$29,800
8Sergio Fernandez$22,700
9Steve Heron$17,500

*reflects five-way deal

Anthony Spinella
Anthony Spinella (Photo courtesy of Venetian)

Lead photo courtesy of Commerce

  • Several poker players in Las Vegas and LA banked big scores over the past few days.

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