Paul Klann has overcome a star-studded field to win the 2013 World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic.
Klann defeated 516 other players, including forty-three former World Poker Tour Champions, to win his first major tournament and take home the first place prizemoney of $1,004,090.
The Canadian was delighted to score what was easily the biggest result of his poker career.
“It’s amazing, its feels great and completely surreal,” Klann said.
Klann took a conservative approach to the final table and was able to survive to the heads-up battle without eliminating a player from the final table.
Klann’s heads-up opponent Paul Volpe had taken the opposite approach and was extremely aggressive, dominating the final table.
Klann made a tactical decision to switch gears entering the heads-up battle and after only a dozen hands had eliminated Volpe’s two to one chip lead.
The final hand was virtually a flip for the tournament with Klann’s King-Ten holding up against Volpe’s Jack-Nine.
“My game plan was to be a lot more aggressive heads-up, so that worked out and was exactly what I did,” Klann said.
The affable Canadian could not wipe the smile off his face and was beaming with excitement when asked how he planned to spend his $1 million payday.
“I’m sure my wife has already spent it,” Klann laughed.
Klann took part in the 2012 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star event, eliminating WPT commentator Mike Sexton, and said he was likely to return to the tournament this year.
“I could probably use a little bit of a rest between now and then,” Klann said.
The 2013 Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament has begun with bounties Faraz Jaka, Mohsin Charania and Michael Mizrachi already eliminated.
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