About 490 entries were at the 2020 WPT L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, which had $4,727,550 as a prize pool. After a five-day battle between tournament players, the playing field was left with just six players for the final prize money of $1,000,000.
The final table play has been delayed to April 2 at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This is the third delayed final table of 2020 for the WPT, which conveyed a new approach to filming its event for televised broadcast last year. Although, players that made it to the final table will have their travel and hotel stays covered by the WPT.
Popular players made it to the final table. Balakrishna Patur, a reputable Canadian poker player and the chip leader heading at the final table with 6,320,000, will be a good bet for 158 blinds with betting limits of 20,000 -40,000 and a 40,000 big blind ante. Patur’s largest score was $113,020, which placed him as the 11th-place finisher in the 019 European Poker Tour Barcelona main event. There is a final cash price for at least $185,330 for the final six players, and Patur has the chance to extend his bankroll.
The second player to enter the final table is the Luthanian player Matas Cimbolas, who is also the 2019 WPT runner-up. Cimbolas is a good bet with 108 big blinds and he has the chance to increase his bankroll when play resumes in April.
Trailing Cimbolas is the two-time WPT champion James Carroll with 4,125,000 (103 big blinds). Carroll was the 2014 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star and 2019 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown winner. He will be looking forward to becoming the 7th player to win 2-3 main event titles in the tour.
Ka Kwan Lau, the fourth player with a big stack of 2,250,000 and 56 blinds, has had seven-figures in prior tournament earnings. Irrespective of where he finishes, his payout at the event will be at least the second in his career.
Scott Hempel is the fifth player with 1,670,000 chips (42 big blinds). This is Hempel’s biggest score on and the Canadian player is hoping to extend his bankroll.
The last player on the list is Upsheka De Silva with 930,000 (23 big blinds). De Silva is a three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, and he will be looking to win his first WPT title come April.
Here is a look at chip counts of the final six players:
|4||Ka Kwan Lau||2,250,000|
|6||Upsheka De Silva||930,000|