The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic is done and dusted and its champion crowned. Unfortunately, for fans of British poker it was not Toby Lewis who bested the six-handed final table, but the popular Southampton-born pro did us all proud with a sixth place finish.
Lewis began the final table in sixth place with a stack containing 22 big blinds. Although this did mean he was terribly short stacked, it did mean Lewis would need to make moves to accumulate chips sooner rather than later.
One such move was made on the 13th hand of the final table, and it proved to be unlucky 13. With blinds of 25,000/50,000/5,000a, Danny Fuhs raised to 100,000 from the cutoff and Paul Klann called in the small blind. Lewis then moved all in for 1,015,000 in the big blind, Fuhs called – albeit after almost three minutes of thinking – and Klann folded. Lewis turned over and was in a great position to double through Fuhs, who held a dominated .
Somebody should have told the Poker Gods that Lewis was a substantial favourite to win the hnad because they put out the flop, which propelled Fuhs into the lead. And that is exactly where he stayed as the turn and river were the and respectively, boosting Fuhs to 3,150,000 chips and leaving Lewis to head to the cashier’s cage to pick up $193,560 in prize money. A valiant effort from our 23-year old hero and surely that will not be the last time Lewis appears on a major live tournament’s final table.
After Lewis’ exit, it took a further 190 hands for the final table to be completed. David Fong busted out in fifth place, Lewis’ executioner Fuhs in fourth and Jesse Yaginuma in third. Yaginuma’s demise left Klann (5,275,000 chips) and Paul “paulgees81” Volpe (10,225,000 chips) to lock horns heads-up for the title.
Heads-up lasted 33 hands, but it was the 32nd hand that essentially ended the contest. Klann had fought his way back almost level in chip when he min-raised to 600,000 and then called when Volpe three-bet all in for 8,000,000. Klann turned over and Volpe revealed the . The board ran out to leave Volpe with just two big blinds.
These went into the middle on the very next hand, Volpe holding to Klann’s . Neither player improved on a board and Klann’s queen-kicker came into play to bust out Volpe in second place.
WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table results