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Toby Lewis and Sam Razavi are Deep in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic

Sam Razavi being interviewed by Jeanine Deeb

The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic is in full swing in California where the $10,000 buy-in main event has reached its fourth day of play. Just 63 of the 517 entrants remain, among them are two of the United Kingdom’s most talented players Sam Razavi and Toby Lewis.

Both of our heroes have managed to progress to the money places and have each locked up a score of at least $18,360. In fact it was Razavi who burst the money bubble to secure a payday for the surviving players.

With blinds of 3,000/6,000/1,000a, Razavi open from the small blind and put Arlo Dobson all in for 23,000 effective. Dobson tabled {J-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} and he was up against Razavi’s less-than-stellar {7-Spades}{5-Hearts}. Dobson stayed ahead on the {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} flop and the {4-Hearts} turn, but the {7-Clubs} on the river improves Razavi to a pair of sevens, which eliminated Dobson, burst the bubble and brought Day 3 of the tournament to a close. That hand boosted Razavi’s stack to 281,000 (46 big blinds) with the average sized stack being 246,190.

Lewis, fresh from signing as an IveyPoker Pro will go into Day 4 armed with a 235,000 stack. This latest cash is Lewis’ second in a WPT main event, his previous cash being for €11,282 ($14,662) that he was awarded for finishing 26th in the WPT Prague Main Event in December 2012.

When Day 4 begins at noon local time today Razavi and Lewis will be sharing the same table. Their starting table looks like this:

SeatPlayerChips
1Trevor Pope240,000
2Taylor Paur131,000
3Ryan Franklin551,000
4Sam Razavi281,000
5Zachary Fahmie46,000
6Toby Lewis235,000
7Paul Volpe570,000
8Carlos Mortensen122,000
9Tony Paydar151,000

As you can see, Razavi and Lewis have drawn a very tough table indeed but both can definitely hold their own in that company. Their reward for progressing to Day 5 will be bragging rights for making it into the last 18 players and a guaranteed payout of at least $49,630.

Tune into UK & Ireland PokerNews tomorrow to discover the fate of our boys. You can of course follow the action unfold over on the WPT Live Updates page.

WPT L.A. Poker Classic End-of-Day 3 Top 10 Chip Counts

PositionPlayerChips
1Jeremy Ausmus1,014,000
2Blake Barousse815,000
3Eric Froehlich755,000
4Galen Hall734,000
5David Tuthill613,000
6Paul Volpe570,000
7Ryan Franklin551,000
8Benjamin Zamani499,000
9Alexander Venovski415,000
10Warwick Mirzikinian378,000

Lead image courtesy and copyright of the WPT Live Updates team.

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