NAPT L.A Shootout Won By Eric Baldwin

The PokerStars North American Poker Tour Bounty Shootout event came to a close on Thursday, in Los Angeles, with Eric “basebaldy” Baldwin emerging victorious.

81 players took part in the $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament, with such poker luminaries as Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Phil Hellmuth and Michael Mizrachi all taking their seat at the Crystal Casino tables.

The tournament was structured in such a way that players would earn $1,000 for each player they eliminated, while a further reward of $20,000 was up for grabs for winning their shootout table and making the final. The winner of the final table would then take the remainder of the prize pool, which was $134,280.That handsome payout went to Baldwin, after he beat Justin Young heads up. It wasn’t all bad news for Young though, as he busted the most players, six in total, to earn $6,000 in bounties and a seat in 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Bounty Shootout as a reward.

Third place in the PokerStars North American Poker Tour L.A. Bounty Shootout went to David Williams, who famously finished second in the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event, after he shoved his A-Q into the pocket tens of Justin Young.

Further down the field was Tom Marchese, who eliminated four fellow players from the NAPT L.A. Shootout tournament. This fifth placed final table finish secured Marchese 160 points towards the CardPlayer Poker Player of the Year leaderboard, extending his lead over Dwyte Pilgrim in second and NAPT Mohegan Sun champion Vanessa Selbst in third place.

Also featuring at the final table was Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, who could only finish in eighth place, busting four other NAPT L.A. Shootout participants along the way. Mizrachi had only just doubled up when he shoved with pocket fives, only to run into pocket tens and receive no help from the dealer.

The Full Tilt Poker professional recently secured fifth place at the World Series of Poker Main Event, which earned “The Grinder” $2.3 million dollars, considerably more than the $24,000 he picked up from the Crystal Casino payout desk!

First to exit the final table of the PokerStars North American Poker Tour L.A. Bounty Shootout was Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee, who took down the European Poker Tour event in Berlin, back in March. That result earned a million Euros and will be remembered for the gang of armed robbers who interrupted the poker tournament and tried to make off with the prize pool.

Stay tuned for all the latest results from around the poker world.

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