Toby Lewis Leads as WPT L.A. Poker Classic Reaches Final 18 Players

Toby Lewis

The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event is down to the final 18 players and it is one of our very own, Toby Lewis, who is the overall chip leader.

Lewis bagged up 1,816,000 chips at the end of Day 4 to claim the top spot on the leader board and is now in with a realistic chance of winning the massive $1,004,090 first place prize. Lewis started Day 4 with a below average stack but the deadly combination of running well and playing well worked well for Lewis with devastating consequences for his opponents.

Speaking to Jeanine Deeb of the World Poker Tour, Lewis explained about how he got off to a blistering start.

“I had a really good start and turned a wheel against a guy who just barrelled off and then I busted Carlos Mortensen jacks versus ace-king and I flopped a boat, just flopped him dead so it was a pretty good start to the day and it carried on pretty good as well! I haven't lost a flip all tournament!"

It was such plain sailing for Lewis’ fellow Brit, Sam Razavi, who crashed out in 34th place during Level 20. With the blinds at 5,000/10,000/1,000a Razavi opened to 22,000 from the cutoff, Paul Volpe three-bet all in from the big blind and Razavi quickly called off his remaining 180,000 chips with {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}. Volpe turned over {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} which flopped two pair on the {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} board to resign Razavi to 34th place and the $29,780 prize that such a position carried.

Each of the surviving 18 players is now guaranteed to take home at least $49,630 but if they managed to navigate their way through Day 5 later today, this amount will increase to a much more significant $193,560 – plus they will have made the six-handed final table.

Lewis is in extremely confident mood going into the penultimate day’s play, saying about the rest of the field, “There are lots of good players left but there is nobody that I will try to avoid.” Everyone at UK & Ireland PokerNews would like to wish Lewis the very best of luck for when the tournament resumes at the Commerce Casino.

WPT L.A. Poker Classic Main Event End-of-day 4 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Toby Lewis1,816,000
2Paul Klann1,581,000
3Paul Volpe1,562,000
4Benjamin Zamani1,380,000
5David Tuthill1,086,000
6Jeremy Ausmus1,053,000
7Blake Barousse954,000
8Garrett Greer793,000
9David Fong733,000
10Bruce Kramer731,000

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