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Dietrich Fast Thwarts Shariati, Claims WPT LA Poker Classic for $1m
German poker pro Dietrich Fast held off Mike Shariati at the final table of the LA Poker Classic last night to claim his first career WPT title and $1,000,800.
Shariati, who was vying for his second WPT title of the year, came into the heads-up down 4-1 and chipped away but couldn't overcome the deficit before bowing out in second.
Shariati settled for $656,540 for second and a nice lead in the WPT Player of the Year race with 2,400 points and just four events left. Cate Hall is the next closest player with 1,550 points.
Fast, meanwhile, dramatically boosted his career earnings of around $600k with his first seven-figure score and major title. He also earns a $15k buy-in to the upcoming WPT Tournament of Champions at the end of April.
Fast Moves Early, Keeps on Rising
Coming into the final table fifth in chips Fast's day turned upwards pretty quickly. In just hand #5 he flopped a set of aces against Anthony Spinella's two pair and took a 2.46m pot to take the chip lead.
Spinella, who came in as the chip leader, saw his fortunes continue to go south. He lost another 2m pot to a set, this time belonging to Sam Soverel, and was out in sixth in just 27 hands.
After busting Spinella Soverel jumped into the chip lead but couldn't hold it and busted in fourth. Alex Keating quickly followed one hand after in third to set up the heads-up between Fast and Shariati.
Official results and payouts for the LA Poker Classic Final Table:
1st: Dietrich Fast – $1,000,800
2nd: Mike Shariati – $656,540
3rd: Alex Keating – $423,890
4th: Sam Soverel – $316,440
5th: Farid Jattin – $238,070
6th: Anthony Spinella – $191,250
Find the complete rundown of all the final-table action over in the WPT Live Updates.