|Written by Michael|
|Friday, 19 November 2010 17:22|
Play now! The 2010 PokerStars.net North American Poker Tour Los Angeles Main Event wrapped up Wednesday night at the Crystal Casino in Compton, California. For filming purposes of the final table the venue had to be changed. Walking away with the title, the trophy and $725,000 in cold hard cash was Joe Tehan, he defeated Chris DeMaci in heads-up play.
The final table was stacked. DeMaci, with almost two-and-a-half million chips more than Mercier, entered the day as the big chip leader. Mercier represents Team USA on his PokerStars patch, but he wasn’t the only team member at the final table. Canadian pro Anh Van Nguyen was in the final 8. Other teammates included Michael Binger, Tehan, Ray Henson, Al Grimes and lead instructor Jake Toole, a very impressive line up.
Toole was the first player to hit the rail. After he had opened with a raise to 115,000, Tehan three-bet to 300,000. Action got back around to Toole who four-bet all-in for 1.755 million. Tehan made the call holding the Ace of Spades and Queen of Hearts, and was up against the Jack of Hearts and the Jack of Diamonds for Toole. After the board ran out Ace of Spades, ten of clubs, 8 of spads, 9 of hearts and 2 of diamonds, Toole was left with nothing but the felt in front of him and eighth-place money in his pocket. He collected $60,000 for his finish while Tehan propelled himself to the chip lead.
Next to go was the player everyone thought was going to walk away with the title. Mercier even wore his lucky poker shirt to the final table, which he wore during his wins at EPT San Remo, EPT London and NAPT Mohegan Sun. But it looks like his shirt ran out of luck as he left Compton with $84,857 in his pocket after going out in seventh place.
Mercier opened with a min-raise to 120,000, and Henson flatted in position and on the button. DeMaci was in the small blind and also made the call. Tehan stuck in a three-bet to 515,000 from the big blind. Mercier four-bet to 1.1 million straight and that folded out Henson and DeMaci. Tehan then announced that he was all-in. Mercier made the call and put himself at risk for 3.645 million.
At the showdown, Mercier tabled the Ace of Spades, King of Diamonds, for two overcards against the Jack of Spades, Jack of Diamonds, for Tehan. The board ran out 9 of spades, 6 of diamonds, 5 of hearts, 3 of clubs, 8 of hearts, and Tehan won his second massive flip at the final table to bust Mercier in seventh and increase his chip lead.