Thursday 2nd March, 2017

WPT LA Poker Classic - Strelitz leads, Mike Sexton still in

By Mad Harper

Day 5 of the WPT LA Poker Classic wrapped up earlier than expected last night, primarily because Daniel Strelitz knocked out three of the last four players on his way to a massive chip lead.

 

Just shy of 6.5 million in chips with the blinds at 15,000-30,000 and a 5,000 ante, Strelitz has more than 215 big blinds — an unusually deep stack rarely seen at WPT Final Tables, even with structures as great as this one.

 

Strelitz leads a tough final table which include veteran WPT commentator and WPT Montreal champion Mike Sexton. Sexton, who was inducted into poker’s Hall of Fame in 2009, is now in with a shot at joining the very small elite of players who have won two WPT titles in the same season.

 

Also among the final six competing for a $1 million first prize are poker pro Jesse Martin, chess player Richard Tuhrim and Bulgarian WSOP bracelet winner Simeon Naydenov. Martin has a prolific poker tournament career with 74 cashes and nearly $2.4 million in career earnings; his biggest score was $594,570 when he finished third in the $50k Poker Players Championship at the 2014 World Series of Poker.

 

Seat 1.  Mike Sexton  –  1,165,000  (39 bb)
Seat 2.  Jesse Martin  –  2,540,000  (85 bb)
Seat 3.  Jared Griener  –  1,895,000  (63 bb)
Seat 4.  Daniel Strelitz  –  6,485,000  (216 bb)
Seat 5.  Simeon Naydenov  –  2,860,000  (95 bb)
Seat 6.  Richard Tuhrim  –  680,000  (23 bb)

 

Among those who cashed on Day 5 were Joe Serock, Dzmitry Urbanovich and Rainer Kempe.