Germany's Dietrich Fast Wins 2016 WPT L.A. Poker Classic

The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic was held at the Commerce Casino, and attracted 515 players, each of whom put up $10,000 of their own money to create a prize pool worth almost $5 million. Six days of action later, and it would be German player Dietrich Fast who would emerge a top of the field to capture the coveted title, as well as collect
a first place prize of $1,000,800.
Just six months earlier, Dietrich Fast had recorded his previous biggest score to date after taking down the WSOP Europe €550 NLHE event for €157,749 ($177,721). Following his latest performance in Los Angeles, Dietrich Fast now boasts $1,597,971 in live earnings.
The $10,000 main event saw many notable pros show up looking to book one of the 63 paid money spots. Amongst those players succeeding in their endeavors was Scott Clements in 63rd ($18,240), Phil Laak in 54th ($21,690), Joe McKeehen in 45th ($25,630), James Calderaro in 42nd ($25,630), Dylan Wilkerson in 22nd ($38,450), Will Failla in 21st ($42,880), Matthew Lapossie in 19th ($42,880), Ryan Riess in 15th ($57,180), and John Hennigan in 7th ($160,190).
After the final table of six had been set, Alex Keating (3-3) eliminated Anthony Spinella (A-K) in 6th for $191,250, before a short while later being dealt A-A and doing likewise to a short-stacked Farid Jatten (9-8) in 5th for $238,070.
Next, Dietrich Fast joined the fray by eliminating Sam Soverel in 4th ($316,440), and then Alex Keating in 3rd ($423,890) to take a 4 to 1 chip lead against Mike Shariati into the final heads-up battle. On the 50th hand of their encounter, Fast (A-9) and Shariati (A-8) were then all-in preflop, and following a A-J-4-8-9 board being dealt, Shariati finished the runner-up for $656,540, while Dietrich Fast was crowned the 2016 WPT L.A. Poker Classic champion.
Final Table Results:
1: Dietrich Fast – $1,000,800
2: Mike Shariati – $656,540
3: Alex Keating – $423,890
4: Sam Soverel – $316,440
5: Farid Jatten – $238,070
6: Anthony Spinella – $191,250

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