February 27, 2009 (InfoPowa News) — The finale of the 2009 WPT Los Angeles Poker Classic
this week saw a final table to daunt all but the strongest hearts –
Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, hot Internet player Mike Sowers, Chris
Karagulleyan, Cornel Andrew Cimpan, Pat Walsh and Binh Nguyen faced
each other at the Commerce Casino, California.
 
It took a tough
12-hour session to finally reach a winner — Cimpan — who took home
the main prize of $1,686,760, a WPT bracelet and a $25,000 seat
sponsorship into the WPT’s World Championship this April after an
excitingly close, 117 hands, heads up with Binh Nguyen, whose second
placing was accompanied by a check for $935,424. Nguyen had entered the
heads up with almost double the chips of his opponent from Texas, but
it was not his day.
 
Third place went to Sowers, who earned $654,797 for his time and trouble.
 
It
was Cimpan’s biggest win yet — prior to the LA Classic he had only won
$170,242 in career live tournament play, and the big win this week
brings his career earnings to $3,373,520.
 
The L.A. Poker Classic carried a $10,000 buy-in, generated a total prize pool of $6,681,000 and attracted 696 entrants.