Greg Brooks wins LAPC Main Event

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23-year-old Greg “MYNAMEIZGREG” Brooks earned the biggest poker tournament victory of his young career as he maneuvered through a 712-player field at the LA Poker Classic. With the win, Brooks proved that he is more than just an online poker grinder who earns money through rakeback; he is also a very good live tournament player as well.

But anytime a $1.65 million top prize is on the line, you can guarantee that there will be plenty of competition, which was certainly the case on the LAPC final poker table. Brooks’ competition included online poker phenom Steve “gboro780” Gross, Vivek Rajkumar ($2.8 million in career winnings) and all-time WPT money winner Carlos Mortensen.

Mortensen was by far the biggest story here since he was going for the outright record for WPT titles (he shares the lead with Gus Hansen at three a piece). Mortensen was also trying to add to his incredible amount of winnings, which now sit at $10 million. Unfortunately, Mortensen’s hopes fell short when Brooks hit a flush on the river to eliminate him.

This set up a heads-up match between Rajkumar and Brooks to decide the final table. The two played for 34 poker hands before Brooks eliminated Rajkumar with a pair of aces. After winning the tournament, Brooks said, “I was very fortuitous to get aces versus queens against Vivek. My strategy throughout the entire tournament was really to play aggressively, sort of whether or not my chips allowed me to; but I was lucky enough to have a bunch of chips, and I could play a lot of hands.”

Here is a look at the final table standings, and how much money each player earned:

1st place: Greg Brooks – $1,654,120
2nd place: Vivek Rajkumar – $908,730
3rd place: Carlos Mortensen – $640,680
4th place: Amir Lehavot – $421,680
5th place: Steve Gross – $304,000
6th place: Darryll Fish – $235,350

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