Sunday March 3,2013 : CANADIAN BECOMES INSTANT MILLIONAIRE AT POKER TOURNAMENT
Klann takes home over a million in World Poker Tour's LA Poker Classic
British Columbia amateur player Paul Klann is $1,004,090 wealthier after taking down the $10,000 buy-in World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic over the weekend, besting 516 other entrants in the tournament's main event.
Among his opponents were aces like Phil Laak, triple WPT champ Calros Mortenson, 13 WSOP bracelet holder Phil Hellmuth and WSOP main event winner Joe Hachem, none of whom made the final table.
By day 3 of the competition the money bubble was reached, with the 63 survivors at that point celebrating returns of at least $18,630 apiece on the expensive buy-in.
After six days of hectic action Klann joined an international final table that comprised Paul Volpe, Jesse Yaginuma, Daniel Fuhs, David Fong and Toby Lewis.
Volpe had the most chips at the start of final table action and was playing strongly, making him the favourite to win for many railbirds both on and offline. He was to deliver a consistently good performance, ending in the heads up against Klann, which he entered after despatching third-placed Jesse Yaginuma.
With a 2 to 1 chip advantage the day appeared to belong to Volpe, but that didn't stop the less experienced but very determined Canadian, who fought back in an aggressive but disciplined display of poker that resulted in a long tussle between the two players.
Klann eventually took the chip lead following an exciting but futile all-in move by Volpe, who followed this several hands later with another big attack which Klann defeated to take the game and the honours.
Volpe's second placing was worth a hard-earned $651,170.