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The final table is set at the WPT L.A Classic

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The final table is set at the WPT L.A Classic

As the initial field of 521 players narrows down to 6, several big names find themselves in contention for the 2017 World Poker Tour L.A Classic title at the Commerce Hotel and Casino and the chance to win the first place prize of $1,001,110. The $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event is no stranger to Hall of Fame players and this year is no exception with WPT’s own television commentator and previous WPT champion Mike Sexton. Sexton has been the voice of WPT for the past 15 seasons and won his first major event at WPT Montreal last fall. He has now set his sight on the L.A Classic and has earned a spot at the final table. Yet this will come as no easy feat considering he has arrived as second shortest stack with 1,165,000 for a total of 39 big blinds, considering betting limits at 15,000-30,000 and an ante of 5,000. He will also be joined by some tough competition, as fellow World Series of Poker title winners Jesse Martin (2,540,000 chip count) and Simeon Naydenov (2,860,000 chip count) will be there alongside with him.

Current chip leader Daniel Strelitz heads into the final table with a considerable lead (6,485,000 chip count, or a total of 2016 big blinds) over the rest, as he looks to finish off this tournament and take home the trophy. The California-based player will resume playing with two times the chips of the second largest stack, Naydenov. Below are the current chip counts:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Daniel Strelitz 6,485,000
2 Simeon Naydenov 2,860,000
3 Jesse Martin 2,540,000
4 Jared Griener 1,895,000
5 Mike Sexton 1,165,000
6 Richard Tuhrim 680,000


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.

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