Anthony ‘holdplz' Spinella began the final table of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic as the chip leader, but it was not his day. Anthony Spinella fell short of snatching up the $1 million first-place prize when he became the first player to exit the final table and busted in sixth place. German pro Dietrich Fast was the one to draw first blood when he took a huge chunk of Spinella's stack during the first orbit. The next thing Spinella knew it, he had coughed up the chip lead then doubled up shorty Alex Keating. By the 27th hand, Spinella was dunzo. With four to go, Fast woke up and he picked off two players in consecutive hands to get heads-up against Mike Shariati. Fast went into heads-up with a 4-1 edge and Shariati could not execute a comeback.
At the start of the final table, Fast was near the back of the pack and 5th overall in chips before he battle his way to the final two and was pitted against Mike Shariati. Last August, Mike Shariati won the WPT Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino. Alas, Dietrich Fast denied Shariati another L.A. title. There had been multiple winners before on the WPT, but no one had ever shipped both Los Angeles area events before. The Bicycle Casino and Commerce Casino are two of the largest casinos in L.A. and both are a hub for SoCal poker.
Going into the LAPC Main Event, Fast had roughly $600K in career earnings. He shipped a side event at the WSOP Berlin last October for a €157,749 score.