NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
The Faces Of The 2010 LA Poker Classic
March 1, 2022
The World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic $10,000 buy-in main event began Friday, with 745 players showing up to compete, nearly 50 more than last year and enough to create a total prize pool worth more than $7,000,000.

Among that starting group was an amazing amount of recognizable pros, including many that survived Day 1 in good position like Allen Cunningham, Issac Haxton, Erica Schoenberg, Prahlad Friedman, Johnny Chan, Barry Greenstein, Erik Seidel, Joe Hachem, Howard Lederer and Annie Duke.

477 in total survived the first day of LAPC main event play, meaning 268 did not, including two from the PokerRoad family that received more media attention for busting on a Day 1 than any player probably should, due to the highly publicized tattoo prop bet between Gavin Smith, Joe Sebok and Jeff Madsen.

Smith for his part, just barely eked through Day 1 with less than 5,000 in chips, but still ended the day in much better shape than Sebok or Madsen who both busted early on assuring Gavin’s skin will not be marred as a result of the day’s play.  Sebok, the victim of a pocket Aces bad beat, busted first, meaning he will not only end up with a tattoo of Gavin’s face- as will Jeff Madsen- but will also permanently see Madsen’s mug somewhere on his body also.

First place for the 2010 LAPC will be worth $1,788,001 and was still a possibility for Gavin by the end of Day 1- as well as for the other 476 survivors- but with so much talent still in the field, and many more days to play, there’s more than a good chance Gavin may just have to content himself with his historic prop bet victory, which seemed to overshadow so much of the day’s play.

For more information on the World Poker Tour $10,000 buy-in, LAPC main event, visit the home for excellent WPT updates, www.worldpokertour.com.
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