|Diego Cordovez, Chief Executive Officer of Aveo Inc. of San Clara, earlyMonday morning triumphed over a field of 595 other poker players to takehome a first prize of $569,000 at the Commerce Casino's Los Angeles PokerClassic in Commerce, California. Second place finisher Lonnie Williams ofLos Angeles received $292,000. In all, the top 27 finishers split a prizepool of $1,539,000. Among the other finishers, coming in 13th place wasFrank Mariani, co-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers.|
The Commerce Casino's guarantee of a prize pool of at least one milliondollars brought poker players from all over the world to the event. Eachput up a $1500 entry fee to play.
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