Ivey Bubbles, Phan Leads at WPT LAPC

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

The Phil Ivey buzz at the WPT Los Angeles Poker Classic is officially over as Ivey busted on the money bubble late last night to end Day 3.

Getting short near the end of the day, Ivey lost a race with AT to double up AJ Jejelowo and right after shoved with pocket sixes but ran into David Baker’s kings.

Ivey’s bustout in 55th means the money has been reached and the remaining 54 players are guaranteed at least $21,080.

Leading the way into Day 4 and the chase for the $1.3 million first-place prize is Tuan Phan, who was the only player to crack the 1 million mark in chips.

He’ll start the day with 1,140,000 and share a table with the top-10 chip stacks of November Niner Badih Bounahra (469,500) and David “Doc” Sands (463,500).

Jason Somerville will start second in chips with 860,000. Joe Tehan is close behind with 831,500.

Noah Schwartz, who began Day 2 with just 20,700 in chips, had a massive day to bag up 685,000 and sits in sixth.

Marchese In, Hellmuth Out

Other notable players still in the hunt include Tom Marchese (530,000), Dan Kelly (378,500), David “The Dragon” Pham (355,000) and Matt Marafioti (175,000).

Notables to hit the rail along with Ivey today included Phil Hellmuth (in classic fashion no less), Scott Seiver, Justin Young, Dan O’Brien, Jennifer Harman, Liv Boeree and Vanessa Rousso.

The official top 10 heading into Day 4:

1. Tuan Phan - 1,140,000

2. Jason Somerville - 860,000

3. Joe Tehan - 831,500

4. Casey Stewart - 791,000

5. Lawrence Greenberg - 707,000

6. Noah Schwartz - 685,000

7. Larry Lipman - 571,000

8. Thomas Marchese - 530,000

9. Badih Bounahra - 469,500

10. David "Doc" Sands - 463,500

Action picks up again at noon from the Commerce Casino. Follow along in our live coverage section.

Also of note from other events at the LAPC:

  • French pro Fabrice Soulier won the $2k No-Limit Hold'em event
  • Fellow French pro Bertrand “ElkY” Gropellier leads the final 14 players in the $25k High Roller
  • and Vanessa Selbst is in the finals of the $5k Heads-Up championship
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