LA Poker Classic

Dates

Season Six – 23 – 28 February 2008

Buy-in

$9 600

Prize Pool

$6 384 000

Entrants

665

Venue

The Babylonian inspired Commerce Casino is situated in the Los Angeles suburb of Commerce and has by far the largest card room in the world, offering a wide variety of table games at over 240 tables!

Contact Details

Commerce Casino, 6131 East Telegraph Road, Commerce, CA 90040

Telephone – (323) 721 2100

Fax – (323) 838 3472

Email – casino@commercecasino.net

Results

Fabulous Phil Ivey finally put his WPT title duck to bed when he won the most illustrious event of the entire tour, the LA Poker Classic. He had some monstrous hurdles to clear with the likes of Phil Hellmuth, widely recognised as one of the best Hold ‘Em tournament players in the world, and Nam Le at the Final Table with him, but he kept his head, and certainly got the cards, to take home the title and over $1.5 million. Although the coveted title eluded Do he did go home with over $900 000!

It was Ivey’s eighth trip to a WPT Final Table, but he had never managed to finish with the largest chip stack. Ivey went into the Heads Up against Quinn Do with a colossal chip lead – he had a stash of over 10.8 million whereas Do was struggling with just over 2.4million. Needless to say the head to head did not last long and was over within just two hands.

In the decider Ivey raised holding A-8 and Do called with 8-9 Hearts in hand. The flop came A-8-6, Ivey bet out and Do called. The Turn was the Ace of Clubs and Ivey smelt blood and pushed all-in. At that stage Do was down to his final million and after a lengthy deliberation opted to call – Ivey was left with a Full house and Do Aces & 8’s for 2 Pair.

Ivey, five time WSOP bracelet holder, certainly deserved his maiden WPT crown as he was among the leading chip leaders for virtually the entire event and a great combination of luck and strong, aggressive play saw him take out the other poker stars at the table.

“It means more to me to win the title than anything else, just because it was my eighth appearance and it was getting very frustrating getting down to the end, playing well to get to the final table and then not finishing at all, you know? So it just means more to me to just get this out of the way,” said the man who is widely considered by both his peers and fans alike as the greatest living poker in the world today.

Final Table

  1. Phil Ivey
  2. Quinn Do
  3. Woody Moore
  4. Nam Le
  5. Scott Montgomery
  6. Phil Hellmuth