2009 L.A. Poker Classic

$10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship
Day: 3
Event Info

2009 L.A. Poker Classic

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Level Info
125,000 / 250,000

$10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship

Day 3 Completed

Day 3 Ends with 63 Happy Players

Kofi Farkye, Day 3 chip leader
Kofi Farkye, Day 3 chip leader
That's it for us from Day 3 at the L.A. Poker Classic. It was an exciting bubble to end an exciting day, as we saw the chip leader, Antonio Esfandiari, eliminated just short of the money; a wild style of play from the new chip leader, Kofi Farkye that allowed him to gobble up massive amounts of chips as play tightened up; one of the grizzled old-school pros, Chris Ferguson, double up to almost 400,000 on the bubble by flopping two pair; and two players crippled in big hands that then wound up all in before the deal on the final hand.

We tried to eyeball all of the stacks on the bubble. It appears that Farkye is the overnight chip leader with more than 800,000 chips; he's followed by Mike Sowers and Donald D'Auria, each of whom eclipsed 700,000.

There are a bunch of extremely short stacks in the field. We'll hopefully have all of the counts entered into the chip counts page before play begins tomorrow at noon. The pace of eliminations will be a bit frenetic! See you then.

Tags: Kofi Farkye

Patrick Stemper is the Bubble Boy

David Daneshgar just barely managed to squeak into the money. He lost almost all of his chips earlier in the bubble, running pocket kings into pocket aces. That loss left him with just 1,500 chips, but Patrick Stemper (the player whose middle set was out-turned by a flush) was also short. The two players wound up all in before the deal on the same hand, but at different tables. Stemper was all in from the small blind; Daneshgar was all in for the ante.

Stemper wound up heads up against one player who had raised preflop with {7-Hearts} {7-Spades}. Stemper turned over {Q-Diamonds} {7-Clubs}, but didn't connect with a board of {10-Hearts} {9-Hearts} {10-Diamonds} {5-Clubs} {3-Diamonds}. He was eliminated; that meant that Daneshgar would, at worst, chop 63rd place with Stemper. He was freerolling for the whole thing.

At Daneshgar's table, Nenad Medic raised preflop and was called by Dan Lu. The two players checked a flop of {2-Clubs} {K-Diamonds} {3-Clubs}; Medic tried a bet of 20,000 on the {3-Hearts} turn, but Lu called. Both players checked the {8-Hearts} river. Lu took down the side pot with {A-Clubs} {4-Spades}, just ace high; Daneshgar squeezed out {Q-Hearts} {3-Diamonds} for trip threes and the winning hand.

"David's eight-tupled up," joked Matt Savage. Indeed he did. More importantly, all of the 63rd-place money will go to him. With that, play is done for the night.

Tags: David DaneshgarPatrick Stemper

Level: 17

Blinds: 2,000/4,000

Ante: 500

Programming Note

We reached the end of Level 16 still on the bubble. The determination has been made to play on until the bubble bursts. There have already been two all-in survivals; one player called all in with {A-Spades} {3-Hearts} on a board of {9-Spades} {3-Spades} {K-Spades} and found himself against {9-Clubs} {9-Diamonds}. The {8-Spades} hit the turn, and the river was the non-repeating {6-Clubs}. That left the player who flopped a set with just 9,000 chips.

On a different table, David Pham put his opponent all in for 52,000 on a board of {10-Diamonds} {9-Spades} {10-Clubs}. Pham's opponent called with {A-Diamonds} {10-Hearts}; Pham had total air with {K-Hearts} {6-Spades}. The turn {Q-Diamonds} briefly made things interesting, giving Pham a gutshot straight draw. But the river was the {7-Spades}. Pham is another short stack now, with just 27,000 left.

And so we play on.

Esfandiari's Vanishing Act Means Hand-for-Hand Commences

With 20 minutes left in the last level of the night, we're on the money bubble. Sixty-four players remain.

Antonio Esfandiari was the unlucky player eliminated in 65th place. He shoved for 120,000 over an open-raise by one player and a reraise to 30,000 by Mike Sowers. The original raiser folded, but Sowers tanked and eventually called with {A-?}{Q-?}. Esfandiari showed {A-?}{K-?}, but he never improved his hand and Sowers did. A queen on the turn ended Esfandiari's L.A. Poker Classic Main Event tantalizingly short of the money.

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariMike Sowers

Timoshenko Flames Out

Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Yevgeniy Timoshenko worked hard to build his stack up to about 250,000 chips. In the space of one hand, it was all gone.

We came to the table with more than 100,000 chips already in the middle in a pot contested between Timoshenko and Donald D'Auria. There were four community cards already on board, {Q-Clubs} {3-Spades} {6-Spades} {A-Diamonds}. D'Auria led out for 60,000. Timoshenko double-checked the amount of the bet, then moved all in for 172,000. D'Auria called.

D'Auria: {A-Clubs} {Q-Diamonds}
Timoshenko: {K-Spades} {J-Clubs}

The table was stunned. Timoshenko could come up with only a gutshot draw to Broadway and some imagination. He was brutally eliminated from the tournament, just a few spots out of the money, by a river card that fell {J-Hearts}.

"What do you do if a ten comes off in the end?" one player at the table asked D'Auria.

"I cry," D'Auria responded.

Shawn Glines seemed puzzled by Timoshenko's play. "I don't think he had enough chips to do that," said Glines.

Tags: Donald D'AuriaShawn GlinesYevgeniy Timoshenko

Closing in on the Bubble

Sixty-three players will make the money in this tournament. With 45 minutes to go in the last level of the night, we're less than one table from the money. Sixty-nine players remain in the tournament. Six more will leave with nothing.

If you were to ask me, my guess is that we will play through the money bubble tonight, even if it doesn't burst by the end of the level. But for now, the plan remains to play 45 more minutes and then pack up the chips.

Esfandiari Gets the Best of Corkins

It's been a very tough day for Antonio Esfandiari. After starting the day with more than 400,000 chips, the start of Level 16 found him under 200,000. He opened the preflop action in a recent hand by raising to 8,500. Hoyt Corkins was sitting in the big blind and was the only caller.

Corkins checked a flop of all babies, {3-Diamonds} {6-Hearts} {6-Spades}. Esfandiari splashed 12,000 chips into the middle, then collected the pot once Corkins reluctantly folded his hand.

"I know it hurts," Esfandiari told Corkins. "But it's OK." The two men have similar-sized stacks, with Esfandiari sitting behind 175,000 and Corkins on about 187,000.

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariHoyt Corkins