The LAPC took place at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, California near downtown Los Angeles and the Bay 101 just concluded at the Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, California.
The Commerce Casino is said to be the largest poker room in the world with 243 poker tables and with a population of nearly 18 million people at its doorstep in the Greater Los Angeles area, it’s easy to see why there is such a demand. The LAPC has always hosted many large tournaments and the WPT component has always been a favorite stop of the elite of the poker world. The WPT LAPC is an event that has been previously won by notable pros Gus Hansen in its inaugural year, followed by Antonio Esfandiari, Michael Mizrachi and Phil Ivey.
This year’s LAPC WPT Championship had a prize pool of $4,963,200 with 517 entries and a $10,000 buy-in. The winner of the event was Paul Klann who actually hails from Richmond, British Columbia. The largest win of his poker career at $1,004,090. Paul went on to play at the Bay 101 and followed up with an 11th place finish out of a field of 643 players for an additional payday of $48,890, bringing his combined total at both Main Events to $1,052,890.
Something we also don’t see too often is players who make back to back final tables in large events such as these, especially given that unlike other major events, a final table at the World Poker Tour consists of only six players. Paul Volpe of New Jersey, the guy who finished 20th at the 2012 WSOP Main Event, made back to back WPT final tables with a 2nd place finish at the WPT LAPC behind Paul Klann despite starting the final table and heads up play with the chip lead. His second place was good for $651,170 and went on to score for a second time at the WPT Bay 101 with a 3rd place finish for $435,610. Perhaps Volpe was happy that his home State passed an online gaming bill which gave him an extra boost of motivation. The winner of the Bay 101 WPT Main Event was WeiKai Chang of California who grabbed $1,138,350 for winning the tournament.
The World Poker Tour will be making 4 more stops before heading back to Canada. Next stop is Venice, Italy followed by Barcelona, Spain and then two back-to-back stops in Florida in Hollywood and Jacksonville. You can win WPT packages only on Party Poker.
Congratulations to Canadian Paul Klann and the other winners!
2013 WPT Bay 101 Main Event Results
2013 WPT LAPC Main Event Results