The 2020 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 buy-in most important occasion attracted a complete of 490 entries to construct a prize pool of $4,712,550. In the tip, just one participant would stroll away with the seven-figure prime prize and the title of LAPC champion: Balakrishna Patur.
“It’s incredible. I can’t express my happiness right now. To me, it was such a long time… and the table with such good players, it was anybody’s game and I played well and ran well,” Patur advised WPT reporters after popping out on prime.
The Parsippany, NJ resident added his title to the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup and joined a prestigious listing of gamers which have received the LAPC that features the likes of Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, Antonio Esfandiari, Michael Mizrachi, and plenty of different legends of the sport.
“I can’t express the feeling right now. Every poker player dreams of getting a WPT. Getting next to these big, big names that you watch all the time… getting my name next to them is an awesome feeling.”
In addition to the title and the cash, Patur was additionally awarded 1,800 Card Player Player of the Year factors. This was his first POY-qualified rating of the yr, but it surely alone was sufficient to catapult him into eleventh place within the 2021 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.
Patur bagged up the chip lead when the ultimate desk of six gamers was set all the way in which again on Mar. 5, 2020. The closing desk was slated to play all the way down to a champion lower than a month later however was delayed for over a yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eventually, this delayed closing desk was rescheduled for May 17, 2021, with a brand new location: the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva was the primary participant to be eradicated when motion resumed. De Silva, who was disqualified from the 2020 WSOP most important occasion home event closing desk on account of a constructive COVID-19 check consequence late final yr, got here into this closing desk because the shortest stack. On the thirtieth hand of the day he shoved from the button for 10 huge blinds with A2 and bumped into the AOk of Patur within the small blind. Patur known as and his A-Ok excessive held as much as ship De Silva to the rail in sixth place ($185,330).
Ka Kwan Lau was the subsequent to fall. It folded to 2019 WPT L.A. Poker Classic runner-up Matas Cimbolas within the small blind and he shoved all-in with Q7, placing Lau in danger for his final 8 or so huge blinds if he have been to name. lau regarded down at AJ and made the decision. The board ran out Ok7268 and Cimbolas made a pair of sevens to bust Lau in fifth place. He earned $243,330 for his robust displaying on this occasion.
A preflop cooler introduced Scott Hempel’s run on this occasion to an finish. With blinds of 75,000-150,000 and a 150,000 huge blind ante, Hempel raised to 350,000 from the button with 1010. Cimbolas three-bet to 1,200,000 from the massive blind holding QQ. Hempel went into the tank for some time earlier than elevating all in for 4,850,000. Cimbolas made the decision and his superior pocket pair held up, making a full home by the river. Hempel was awarded $323,485 for his fourth-place end.
Two-time WPT most important occasion champion James Carrol had only a handful of massive blinds on the time Hempel was despatched to the rail. He managed to double up twice in speedy succession however quickly discovered himself in danger but once more. This time round he three-bet all-in for round 11 huge blinds with Ok9 going through a button elevate from Patur. The chip chief shortly known as together with his OkOk and the board got here down QJ547. Carroll fell in need of his third WPT title, incomes $431,585 for his third-place displaying. Carroll had received the Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian most important occasion earlier this yr for $180,850 and 960 factors. The 1,200 POY factors he was awarded on this event have been sufficient to maneuver him into fifth place within the total standings.
Heads-up play started with Patur holding 11,400,000 to Cimbolas’ 8,200,000. The Lithuanian poker professional was trying to enhance on his second-place end on this occasion in 2019. The two battled for 29 palms, with Patur extending his benefit to roughly a 4:1 lead by the point the ultimate hand of the event was dealt. Cimbolas moved all-in for 3,700,000 from the button with Ok6. Patur known as the shove of 15 huge blinds with A9 and the J7285 runout secured him the pot and the title.
Cimbolas earned $600,060 and 1,500 POY factors for his second runner-up displaying on this prestigious occasion. He had already made three POY-qualified closing tables this yr, incomes two runner-up finishes and a title up to now month. With $1,064,605 in year-to-date earnings and a couple of,810 complete factors, Cimbolas has climbed into second place on the POY leaderboard.
Here is a take a look at the payouts and POY factors awarded on the closing desk:
|5||Ka Kwan Lau||$243,330||750|
|6||Upeshka De Silva||$185,330||600|
Photo credit – WPT / Joe Giron.