A shootout is an interesting tournament format. At the LA Poker Classic’s Event # 6, it was basically a story of two separate tournaments. At 3pm yesterday, 280 players started, forming twenty-eight different single table tournaments. Since this was limit, the last table didn’t finish until almost 10pm (there was a one hour dinner break). Then, at 11:30pm Monday night, the 28 winners of those individual table tournaments all started anew. All 28 players had 1,000 chips in front of them again, and the limits were set back to 15-30. The new tournament had to play down to ten players. Those ten players would comprise the final table tonight.
When you saw the makeup of the final table, it was clear that there were two players who had a big experience edge, at least when it came to high profile, big money tournaments. Thos two were Amir Vahedi, and JC Tran. JC was actually 100 chips from the chip lead with 5,900, while Amir was somewhere in the middle with 2,550 chips.
Chip leader Bashar Satoot, a well respected player also brought his ‘A’ game to the table. In addition to his A game, Bashar brought the most chips, as he led the pack with 6,000.
One thing about this final table that was reminiscent of the night before was that about half the table could barely play one pot all the way out. So, it seemed the final table would be down to a few very quickly, and over maybe just as quick. That proved to be the case as the final table barely lasted two hours in total. Another nice thing about the final table for this event was, for the second night in a row, two women were represented at the final table. In fact, the night …Read More »