03/01/2012 : YOUNG AMATEUR WINS MAJOR LA POKER TOURNEY
Biggest win yet for youthful Bellevue, Washington player
A young amateur player from Bellevue WA survived an imposing entry field and a fiercely contested final table to score his biggest victory yet this week, taking down the 2012 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles and claiming his biggest every payday – $1,370,240.
It was a landmark experience for Sean Jazayeri, who started the final day of the tourney with the chip lead and held on grimly through to victory, completely eclipsing his previous best result of $48,015 for a second placing in the The Wynn Classic early last year.
Facing off against Jazayeri across the final table felt were David “Doc” Sands, Dan Kelly, Noah Schwartz, Jason Burt and Jason Somerville
The action was intense, with three players busted out in the first 34 hands, but the surviving three made it a tough match, lasting to hand 69, when Dan Kelly headed for the exit after a bruising encounter with Dave Sands, his third place consolatory prize of $521,770 no doubt easing the pain.
Heads up it was Jazayeri and Sands – with the latter over 2 million ahead in chip count – and some exciting and big bucks action flowed as Jazayeri fought back through the 88 hand mark to finally take the game amid several million chip pots.
Sands headed for the cashier and a second placing payday worth $806,370, leaving the victorious Jazayeri to think about ways to spend over $1.3 mllion.