Russia’s Andrey Zaichenko leads the 2019 Planet Poker Tour (WPT) L.A. Poker Classic Major Occasion with 949,500 chips as the tournament heads into its third day on Monday. Even though it will by no means garner the 4-figure crowds of some of the east coast WPT events due to the fact of the nature of its $10,000 freezeout structure, it is one particular of the most preferred events in North America, sitting in one particular of the hotbeds of poker that is not named Las Vegas or Atlantic City. The final entry tally for the occasion is 546 players (we can say “players” and not “entries” for after, considering the fact that there are no re-entries in this one particular), creating it the biggest field for the tournament in a number of years.

For his component, Zaichenko told WPT.com that he merely had a wonderful day, playing his sturdy hands straight-up and creating the most of fantastic circumstances.

“Every major pot, I won,” he stated. “I didn’t bluff at all. I played fantastic, I wasn’t loose. Had so several straights and flushes, and each time, they spend me.”

For a guy whose name would not ring a bell with casual poker fans, Zaichenko undoubtedly has an impressive reside tournament resume. He has $three,257,529 in reside cashes, according to TheHendonMob.com, with his ideal score coming in late 2014, when he won the higher roller occasion at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague quit, fantastic for €487,190 ($606,924). He is also the proud owner of a Planet Series of Poker gold bracelet, earned in 2016 in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo eight or Greater occasion.

There are just 108 players remaining from the field of 546 and the best ten is very spread out. David Gonzalez, in second location, is somewhat close to Zaichenko, holding 860,500, but then there is a steep drop-off to the subsequent two players – Brian Yoon and Ryan Hughes – who have 646,500 and 600,500 chips, respectively. Taylor Paur is in fifth location with a lot more than 500,000 chips, but right after him, no one has even broken the 400,000 chip mark. Zaichenko has practically 3 instances the quantity of chips as the tenth location player.

A total of 69 players will make the cash, so it will nonetheless be a although till players can breathe a sigh of relief. As is now the practice on the Planet Poker Tour, the Action Clock – a 30-second shot clock – will be place into impact when the tournament is one particular table away from the cash so that players can not wait out their competitors purely by stalling.

The best prize is $1 million (assured just before the tourney) plus a $15,000 entry into the season-ending Tournament of Champions. A min-money is $17,230, so the smallest return on investment is not also negative at all.

The L.A. Poker Classic is one particular of the tournaments on the tour that whose final table will be contested on March 11th the Luxor’s HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas.

2019 Planet Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Major Occasion – Day two Chip Leaders

1. Andrey Zaichenko – 949,500
two. David Gonzalez – 860,500
three. Brian Yoon – 646,500
four. Ryan Hughes – 600,500
five. Taylor Paur – 523,000
six. Oddie Dardon – 391,000
7. Darren Elias – 385,000
eight. Brock Wilson – 368,000
9. Ajay Gnanasambanthan – 367,500
10. Paul Kuzmich – 344,000