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Sands, Schwartz Head Stacked LAPC Final Table
With a starting field of 549 completely jammed with star players, odds were good a few big names would make the final table at the LA Poker Classic main event.
As it turns out, they almost grabbed all six of the final-table seats as David "Doc" Sands, Noah Schwartz, Dan “djk123” Kelly and Jason Somerville all have booked a seat for tomorrow.
They'll be bookended by chip leader Sean Jazayeri and short-stack Jason Burt, but make no mistake: it's a pro's title to lose.
Sands Gets Lucky, Carter Out on Bubble
Sands, most recently known for his deep run in the 2011 WSOP Main Event alongside his girlfriend Erika Moutinho, has the biggest stack of the four pros as he sits in second with 4,010,000 in chips.
He sits just slightly behind Jazayeri's 4.38 million - but it took a very fortuitous flop to get him there.
Sands was about to go out on the bubble in a three-way all in with Kelly and Allen Carter but a seven on the flop gave him a set and tripled him up.
Sands then took the last of Carter's stack a few hands later with jacks over eights to jump just behind chip leader Jazayeri.
As Sands tweeted it:
Wow! Shove 77 utg 7 handed w 12bbs, get called by QQ and TT and triple up. Then bust Carter 2 hands later JJ > 88. 4.1M going into FT.
Schwartz, who came into the day the slight chip leader over Kelly, held his ground for most of the day and will enter third with 3.8 million in chips.
Kelly will start the final in fourth with 2.57 million while Somerville, another former chip leader, sits fifth with 840,000.
Burt will be the short stack just behind Somerville with 835,000.
Both will have just 12 big blinds to work when when play resumes tomorrow.
More Big Names Fall on Road to Final Six
It could have easily been just as stacked a final table but with different names as a litany of pros hit the rail very close to the final six.
Besides former WPT champ Carter on the bubble, tourney vet David “The Dragon" Phan busted in 8th and British pro Stephen Chidwick left in ninth.
Sorel Mizzi, another highly successful tourney pro, had his Cinderella story (he was down to just 700 chips on Day 3) cut short when he exited in 10th.
Jason Dewitt in 11th and former Main Event champ Joe Hachem in 12th also came close.
The televised final table kicks off at 4 pm Pacific with the live stream with hole cards starting up on a 30-minute delay at 4:30 pm.
Commentary will be provided by Raw Deal host Tony Dunst along with Dan O’Brien and Vanessa Selbst, according to the WPT.
Catch the action as always on WPT.com and follow the updates live here on PL.com.
Here's the final six again and how they stack up as they chase the $1.37 million first-place prize:
1. Sean Jazayeri 4,380,000
2. David Sands 4,010,000
3. Noah Schwartz 3,835,000
4. Dan Kelly 2,570,000
5. Jason Somerville 840,000
6. Jason Burt 835,000