Team PokerStars Pro headed for money at LAPC

Looking at the chip counts from the World Poker Tour's L.A. Poker Classic is a lot like looking at the beginning of Day 3 chip counts of a PokerStars-sponsored event. With 167 of the original 695 players still in the hunt, Team PokerStars Pro is well-represented and looks to have a good shot at going deep in this year's LAPC main event.

Best situated at the moment is one of PokerStars top money-earners from 2008. Coming off a year where he won more than $3 million in live tournaments, Betrand "ElkY" Grospellier currently sits in the top ten in chips at the LAPC. You will no doubt recall ElkY won both a WPT event and the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. His top ten stack going into Day 3 could spell the beginning of another big year for the Frenchman.

Looking to score for Brazil are Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari and Friend of PokerStars Gualter Salles. Akkari is near the top of the pack. Salles is a little below average, but still has enough chips to be a threat.

Daniel Negreanu nearly did not make the LAPC. His mother is currently recovering from a stroke and for a period of time it looked like she might not survive. Just before the LAPC main event, Negreanu's mom's condition began to improve. He knew she wanted him to play and, since L.A. is close to Vegas, he made the trip. So far, it's been a good trip. He currently has an average stack and says, to be eliminated today, " I'd have to either:

1) Get coolered
2) Take a bad beat
3) Go ice cold for an extended period of time."

We wish Negreanu luck today and his mother a speedy recovery.

Rounding out the Team PokerStars Pro field at the LACP are Steve Paul-Ambrose and Hevad Khan. Ambrose currently has an average stack. Khan is a little off the pace, but is still in good enough shape to make a run.

Good luck to all of the Team PokerStars Pros in the game today.

Simon Young
@MrSimonYoung in Team PokerStars Pro