Anthony Zinno Takes Down WPT LA Poker ClassicPublished on March 6th, 2015 6:57 pm EST
Anthony Zinno outlasted 537 other players to take down the 2015 edition of the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic late last evening for $1,015,860.
With his victory, Zinno became just the third player in history to win back-to-back WPT events - he took down the 2015 Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls earlier this month for $302,235 as well. Zinno, who also took down the Borgata Poker Open in 2013 for $825,099, has now moved into a tie with Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen with three career WPT victories.
In addition, Zinno has now tied the record for most WPT cashes in a single season with seven.
It wasn't easy for Zinno on Thursday as he had to overcome a very talented final table that includes the likes of Chris Klodnicki, Peter Tran and Mike Leah. In addition, Zinno started the final table with the second smallest stack.
After a number of double-ups, Zinno was able to build a big chip lead heading into heads-up play after he eliminated Chris Klodnicki in third place. The two players got all-in pre-flop with Zinno holding pocket Sixes and Klodnicki holding Kh-Jh. The board improved neither player and Klodnicki was sent to the rail in third place.
The final hand of the event came when Mike Leah (who would finish in second place for $701,350) decided to make an ill-timed move holding A-3 offsuit. Zinno snap-called and turned over his pocket Aces.
The flop came 10d-5h-2s, giving Leah some outs to win the hand. The turn brought the 3s, giving Leah even more outs. The river, however, was the harmless five of clubs, giving Zinno the victory in the tournament.
The World Poker Tour now heads to Bay 101 Casino with the popular WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star event. It's pretty safe to say that Anthony Zinno will be attending.
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