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WPT Season #6: L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em

WPT, 2008-03-01, by Ozone

The 665 entrants in this week's L.A. Poker Classic was a who's who of famous poker players and celebrities. Two of them, Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey, reached the televised final table. Ivey broke a tie with Daniel Negreanu and Scotty Nguyen for most televised final table appearances in open WPT events. He now has eight. Interestingly, those eight showings are the only instances in which he has cashed in a WPT tournament. In other words, he's eight for eight on reaching the top six once in the money.

Although he came to the final table third in chips, Hellmuth was eliminated in sixth place ($296,000).

When heads-up play began, Ivey maintained a 5-to-1 chip lead over Quinn Do. In his seven previous final table appearances, Ivey failed to capture a win. He was sure to not let this opportunity slip away; heads-up play lasted just five hands.

For the win, Ivey tacked $1,596,000 onto his staggering career earnings. He is now 7th on the all-time winnings list with $8.7 million. Quinn Do received $909,000 for second place.

The World Poker Tour heads to Northern California in ten days for the Bay 101 Shooting Star.

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