NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
WPT Celebrity Invitational Down To 6 After Big Weekend
March 2, 2022

This year's World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Celebrity Invitational saw 433 players sit down to compete. As this was an "invitational" event, only well known poker pros, players who did well during this year's Classic, and celebrities from television, movies, music and sports were allowed to play, making for an exciting event featuring many highly recognizable faces.

Some of the players who competed this weekend include Jennifer Tilly, baseball's Jose Canseco, Haralabos Voulgaris, Sully Erna of Godsmack, David Pham, TV star Brad Garrett, Chris Ferguson, WPT Commentator Vince Van Patten, Phil Laak, socialite Nikki Hilton, Erik Seidel, William Hung of American Idol fame and Teddy "Iceman" Monroe, who once again went very deep (8th) but busted just shy of the final table and the money.

Many PokerRoaders competed in this year's invitational including Joe Sebok, Gavin Smith, Steve Sung, Amanda Leatherman and Barry Greenstein, but it was PokerRoad Radio's Ali Nejad that went the farthest. Nejad outlasted nearly all of the 433 competitors in the event including the "Iceman" but still busted short of the final table, ironically ending his run in the infamous seventhbok position.

The final six players of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic Celebrity Invitational are now each guaranteed a portion of the prize pool, with one winning a first prize worth $125,500. Those final six players include Scott Clements (1,170,000), Jose Tavares (1,390,000), Ottavio Tassone (850,000), Tom Hall (2,310,000), Freddy Deeb (1,190,000) and the final celebrity in the field, Nick Gonzales (1,190,000).

To check out all the final table action, including chip counts, videos and live updates, visit www.worldpokertour.com when these six players reconvene at 4:00 p.m. PT today (2/2).


Story by Mark Anderson

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