1,332,482 | Mike Shariati is WPT’s L.A. King

Mike Shariati became a household name last September following his unexpected victory at the WPT Legends of Poker in Los Angeles, defeating the legendary Freddy Deeb heads-up for the title. Six months later, Shariati was back in the LA spotlight, this time attempting to win the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, one of the most prestigious tournament on the live poker circuit. He would once again make it to heads-up play, this time finishing second to German…

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6 | James Woods shines at the L.A. Poker Classic

It’s Celebrity Sunday on PokerStats! James Woods isn’t just a “poker playing celebrity” … he’s a poker player who just happens to be a Hollywood actor. Woods recently participated in the L.A. Poker Classic poker series presented at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles where he collected the second win of his career on the live tournament circuit, besting a 88-player field on the way a title in the $1,100 buy-in Omaha 8 or Better event….

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14 | WPT to crown another L.A. Poker Classic Champion

Fourteen years after Gus Hansen was crowned the first ever WPT L.A. Poker Classic Champion, the World Poker Tour is back in Los Angeles this week as the next LAPC winner is set to be crowned on Thursday. Defending Champion Anthony Zinno won the event in 2015 earning back-to-back titles after winning the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls prior to his victory in LA. Although Zinno won’t be defending his title (he was…

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93rd | ‘The Notebook’ Director Cassavetes hits Top 100

It’s Celebrity Sunday on PokerStats! Famed ‘The Notebook’ director Nick Cassavetes surely likes to spend some his time away from Hollywood sets at the poker table. Known as a big player in the Hollywood home games, Cassavetes is also no stranger to live tournament play. Back in 2005, the Los Angeles resident was right in the thick of things in the World Series of Poker Main Event. After several days of competition, he would finally…

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5 | Countdown to the American Poker Awards

The countdown is on … The 2nd Annual GPI American Poker Awards are just five days away! The game’s biggest names will all gather at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and you’ll be able to catch the action, live on Twitch.tv/GPL starting at 8:30pm PT on Thursday, February 25th! 1st Annual American Poker Awards Winners Top Player in the World – Dan Smith Charitable Initiative – “All In” for Kids (CHOP/WPT Foundation) Tournament Performance – Mark Newhouse…

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202 | Poker players declare for GPL Draft Day

The Global Poker League announced that a total of 203 poker pros declared themselves eligible for the inaugural GPL Draft Day, which is set to take place at the iconic SLS Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 25th, starting at 2pm PT. Byron Kaverman, Anthony Zinno, Jason Mercier, Mike McDonald, Phil Galfond and Vanessa Selbst are just a few of the superstar pros who will be available for selection at the SLS. You will be…

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356,400 | Ben Affleck wins big in Los Angeles

Ben Affleck’s appearance in “poker” film Runner, Runner may not have been a success, but his appearance at the California State Poker Championship in 2004 certainly was! It’s Celebrity Sunday on PokerStats and they don’t get any bigger than Batman himself! Affleck may only have on line on his THM profile, but it’s an impressive one. Affleck would defeat Stan Goldstein heads-up for the Championship title. He would take home $356,400 for his effort. Fab Five…

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8,769 | Santa has a Hendon profile?

Does Santa Claus play poker when he’s not busy building toys and delivering them once a year? A Hendon search actually does bring up Santa, aka Chris Cringle!!! The man from ‘Great White North, Canada’ collected a pair of scores in tournaments in Los Angeles (The Bike, Commerce) in 1994. One of his scores? A victory in the Big Poker Oktober series … no word yet on whether or not Matt Savage was there to hand the…

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5th | Director Todd Phillips runs deep at WPT Legends

Famous Hollywood film director Todd Phillips (Old School, The Hangover) was in deep ten years ago. Phillips had his eyes set on a WPT title at the 2005 Legends of Poker. Although he wouldn’t be able to pickup the victory in Los Angeles, Phillips did earn a fifth place finish, proving that winning those legendary Hollywood home games may very well be harder than we think! Phillips has also earned a pair of scores in bracelet…

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#1 | J.C.’s first big win

It was on this day in 2003 where poker superstar J.C. Tran would collect his first-ever victory on the live tournament circuit. Tran would defeat Habib Khanis heads-up to win the $330 No-Limit Hold’em prelim event at the 2003 Heavenly Hold’em series presented at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. Tran would go on to win a pair of World Series of Poker gold bracelets as well as become a two-time winner on the World Poker Tour. Top…

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