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In the end no one could deny Californian Daniel Strelitz from an LAPC title and $1m, not even WPT legend Mike Sexton.
Sexton was in the hunt for his second WPT title in less than six months.
The long-time WPT commentator made it to the 78th hand of play at the final table before he moved all-in with pocket kings. Strelitz called with ace-seven and managed to spike a boat on the board.
Sexton finished in fourth place for $300,000 but also moved into second place in this year’s WPT POY race.
Strelitz Mounts Comeback Against Naydenov
Despite his strong play, Strelitz actually entered heads-up play as the slight underdog to Bulgarian poker pro Simeon Naydenov with 7.1m chips to Naydenov’s 8.4m.
Strelitz quickly took the lead, however, and in the final hand of play managed to turn an eight-high straight with 5-4 against Naydenov’s top pair.
Naydenov picked up a sizable $672,190 consolation prize.
One of the most established poker pros at the final table, east coast grinder Jesse Martin, didn’t make it past fifth place.
Martin was short-stacked and decided to make his stand with Q-6 only to get snapped off by Jared Griener with pocket eights.
Griener would go on to hit the rail in third place when his A-Q failed to beat Naydenov’s pocket eights.
In total the 2017 WPT LAPC garnered 521 entries. Here are the complete final-table payouts:
1st: Daniel Strelitz – $1,001,110
2nd: Simeon Naydenov – $672,190
3rd: Jared Griener – $431,340
4th: Mike Sexton – $300,690
5th: Jesse Martin – $230,380
6th: Richard Tuhrim – $191,490