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Stars Heat Up L.A. Poker Classic Prelims
With the World Poker Tour main event set to begin Friday, the L.A. Poker Classic prelims have begun to heat up at Commerce Casino.
The series is approaching its 50th event and some rather big names are starting to emerge at the top of the leaderboards.
Tuesday, Claremont, California's Parviz Razavian took down the $2,575 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em event, outlasting a field of 123.
But it was WPT Borgata champ and World Series of Poker Circuit killer Dwyte Pilgrim that walked away with the biggest share of a $296,785 prize pool.
The Brooklyn , New York native added $81,947 to his more than $1.6 million in career tournament earnings getting on the right side of a chop that left Razavian $75,948.
Making it to the top two was no easy feat either, as names like Andras Nemeth, Andy Seth and Kirk Morrison all made the final table, the latter listing tournament director Matt Savage's House as his hometown.
In the meantime, veteran Russian pro Nikolay Evdakov won the breakless $2,100 Ironman event, literally outlasting a field of 68 players to claim $60,630 and a $10,000 seat in Friday's WPT main event.
The 48th event on the L.A. Poker Classic schedule is headed into it's second day Wednesday with a bevy of big names left in the final 27.
The $1,065 No-Limit Hold'em tournament drew 222 creating a $214,260 prize pool and Joe Serock, Liv Boeree and Kevin MacPhee all sit in the top ten hoping to collect the $62,100 first-place prize on offer.
The series continues through March 3rd with several main event mega satellites dominating the schedule leading up to the $10k main event.
In addition to the televised WPT L.A. Poker Classic main event and the final table of the WPT Celebrity Invitational, a $25,100 High Roller is still to come Feb. 27.