WPT LAPC Day 2: Maimone Stays Hot, Berkey Second After Huge Call

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Nick Maimone maintained his chip lead in the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 Main Event through Day 2, tripling his start-of-day stack to lead the 111 players who made it to bagging time with 567,400.

His closest competitor is Matt Berkey, who has a number of World Series of Poker final tables and nearly $3 million in live cashes to his credit but has yet to do better than 14th in a WPT event; that came in 2015 at the WPT World Championship. Berkey finished with 493,100.

Also of note on Day 2, registration closed up for the event and a final prize pool was determined. Players were able to enter the event a little into Day 2 and the total wound up being 521 entries for the freezeout, a hair over last year’s 515 entries. The prize pool tallied up to just a bit over $5 million and the winner will take home $1,001,110 if no deals are made at the final table.

Maimone came into the day as a sizable chip leader over recent WPT Five Diamond champ James Romero and he continued to run hot. Relatively early in the day, at Level 10 (500/1,000/100), Maimone played a four-bet pot with Stefan Schillhabel where both players had 20,000 in the middle preflop. The board came down {8-Spades}{2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{2-Spades} and Maimone bet all three streets to put Schillhabel all in. The German called down with {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs} but saw Maimone turn over {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} to drag a pot of around 170,000.

Maimone then ended his night on a high note against another former WPT champ Jordan Cristos. Maimone opened for 5,000 in middle position at 1,000/2,000/300 and Cristos flatted. The flop came {k-}{j-}{7-}, giving Maimone bottom two with {j-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. Cristos got his stack of about 80,000 in with aces and bricked the turn and river.

Berkey had a much lesser hand to work on his big pot, as he held {a-Clubs} on a board of {j-Spades}{7-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{4-Spades} during the same level. Berkey checked and called a bet of 140,000 into about 180,000, winning against a cutoff opponent’s {9-Spades}{8-Spades} for a whiffed double-gutter.

Other players making it to Day 3 included two-time WPT champ Mohsin Charania (435,400), Antonio Esfandiari (349,300), Mike Sexton (270,400), Stephen Chidwick (198,400), Dzmitry Urbanovich (150,100), defending champ Dietrich Fast (123,500), and three-time WPT champ Chino Rheem (44,100).

Meanwhile, players eliminated included Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Shawn Buchanan, Phil Laak, Daniel Negreanu, Anthony ZinnoMatt Salsberg and JC Tran.

Day 3 play is underway in the LAPC with live updates available here.

Top 10 Chip Counts

Place Player Stack
1 Nick Maimone 567,400
2 Matt Berkey 493,100
3 Mohsin Charania 435,400
4 Daniel Strelitz 410,000
5 Bryce Yockey 354,800
6 William Vo 350,000
7 Antonio Esfandiari 349,300
8 Daniel Lawrence 317,200
9 Igor Yaroshevskyy 314,400
10 Mike Sexton 270,400

Photo courtesy of WPT

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