Big Names Dominate LAPC Prelims

Carlos Mortensen
Carlos Mortensen wins the LAPC's $1,065 No-Limit Hold'em with Rebuys.

The cream really rose to the top this weekend as several big names took down tournaments at the L.A. Poker Classic.

Well known pros Thor Hansen and Ray Henson both made the final table of the $1,065 Six-Handed Limit Hold'em event.

But it was 2009 PokerStars EPT Grand Final runner-up Matt Woodward who took down the title and $30,000 first place prize.

Woodward is beginning to emerge as a Limit specialist following a final table appearance at the 2009 World Series of Poker's mixed event and a 16th place finish in the $10k Limit Hold'em World Championship the summer before.

The very next tournament on the LAPC schedule, a $545 Limit Hold'em event, was won by "Miami" John Cernuto.

Cernuto, who is actually from Las Vegas, booked the $11,590 win after beating a final table that included 2007 WSOP Player of the Year Tom Schneider.

But the weekend's biggest prize at the LAPC went to none other than Carlos Mortensen.

The WSOP Main Event and WPT Championship winner added the LAPC's $1,065 No-Limit Hold'em with Rebuys title to his resume, banking a massive $273,500 first-place prize in the process.

Taking the title was no easy feat for Mortensen, as pros Ralph Perry and Joe Serock both made the final table of the 317 person event that saw 381 rebuys and 244 add-ons.

Finally, 2008 November Niner and WPT Five Diamond champion David "Chino" Rheem found himself back in the winner's circle this weekend, taking down the LAPC's $1,065 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw event.

Rheem took home $23,910 after beating a final table that included Las Vegas pro Mark Gregorich.

The LAPC continues through the end of February at Commerce Casino in Los Angeles with the $10k Commerce H.O.R.S.E. Championship, $10k Commerce Heads-Up Championship, $25,100 Commerce High Roller, the World Poker Tour's Celebrity Poker Classic and the $10k WPT LAPC main event still to come.

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