The 2018 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event drew a total of 493 entries, but after five full days of action at the Commerce Casino there are now only six players remaining with a shot at the title and the $1,000,000 first-place prize.
The chip leader heading into the televised final table is Toby Lewis with 5.39 million, good for 180 big blinds with play resuming at 15,000-30,000 with an ante of 5,000. Lewis is less than a month removed from the largest live tournament win of his career. On February 4 he took down the Aussie Millions main event, defeating the largest-ever field in that event to win $1,156,205 USD.
Day 5 began with 13 players remaining. The first to be eliminated was reigning WPT Player of the Year Ben Zamani (13th – $57,300). 2015 Card Player Player of the Year winner Anthony Zinno entered the day as arguably the most exciting storyline remaining. Zinno is a three-time WPTmain event champion, with his titles including a win in this very event back in 2015. He had a chance to not only become the first-ever player to win four WPT main events as well as the first player to ever win the same WPT event if he took down this tournament. Zinno made an incredible run at the title, but ultimately hit the rail in eighth place with $112,180 for his deep run.
Toby Lewis took over the chip lead with the final hand of the night. On a flop of QSpade Suit9Heart Suit8Spade Suit Greg Paryani got all-in holding the QClub Suit9Club Suit for top two pair. Paryani had run into the Lewis’ 8Heart Suit8Diamond Suit for bottom set, though, and would need to make a higher full house to survive. The turn and river brought no help and Paryani was eliminated in seventh place, earning $143,740.
Lewis and the rest of the final table are now all guaranteed paydays of at least $186,235 for making the final six. Play will resume at 4:00 p.m. PST on Thursday, March 1. The action is being filmed for TV and there will also be a live stream of the event (with hole cards shown) on a 30-minute delay.
Here is a look at the chip counts heading into the six-handed final table: