2011 L. A. Poker Classic
Commerce Casino has unveiled another blockbuster lineup of tournaments for the 2011 LA Poker Classic, with 53 events running through March 3rd. The LA Poker Classic is chock full of unique and challenging events that bring the world's best poker players to Los Angeles for 43 days of non-stop action and high visibility at the world's largest poker casino. The LA Poker Classic offers $2 million in guarantees and is expected to top out with over $20 million in prize money. Only nine people will make the LAPC Final Table, so plenty of people are still looking for action at the cash games. With $20 million in prize money floating around, plenty of it finds its way to the casino floor.
"You can't get much better than this," says Tournament Director Matt Savage. "We've carefully crafted the 2011 LAPC schedule to provide great payouts, plenty of variety, exciting challenges, and structures the players will love. The LAPC has become one of the two MUST-attend series in the U.S. for players, attracting an international field of poker all-stars, yet still being appealing and affordable to Southern Californians."
The Commerce Casino continues to offer the largest payments in poker for the most modest buy-ins. Forty dollars can get you into selected single-table satellites, and then you can work your way up to a $10,000 seat in the Main Event. Winners of the nightly $225 Super-satellites earn a seat with their victory that gives them a shot at the Main Event millions. For the first time there are mega-satellites that will let a player win his or her way into the 7-Game Mix and Heads-Up championships. There will also be a Turbo Mega Satellite for the $2,100 buy-in Feb. 20th Ironman event.
Buy-ins range from $125 for a multi-start No-Limit Hold'em Turbo event on Feb. 2nd to $25,100 for the internationally renowned Commerce High Roller Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 27th. Plus this year's 8-Game Mix on Feb. 17th and the Heads-Up tournament on Feb. 22nd are more affordable than ever with a $5,100 buy-in. The 2011 LAPC added several new types of events, they have several Knockout Bounty and Double Stack events on tap, as well as 7-Game Mix and 2-7 Single Draw tournaments. Another new event added to the lineup is a $545 buy-in, No-Limit Hold'em Senior Championship for players over the age of 50.
Exciting guaranteed events include a $300,000 four-day-start No-Limit Hold'em featuring a $125-buy-in on Feb. 2nd, with $100,000 going to the winner. On Feb.12th, a guaranteed $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament, with $125 re-buys on top of the $125 buy-in. Next, there is a guaranteed $100,000 Knockout Bounty No-Limit Hold'em with $335 buy-in on Feb. 13th. On Feb 18th, another guaranteed $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout with a $335 buy-in. Finally, the guaranteed $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em with $335-buy-in is on Feb. 21st. There is also a $50,000 guaranteed event on Feb. 11th with the $220 buy-in, No-Limit Hold'em Turbo tournament.
For the LAPC, you'll want to brush up all your various poker skills. In addition to the marquee events, players will have a shot at winning these tournaments: Stud 8 or Better, 6 Handed No-Limit Hold'em, Chinese Poker 1/2-High 1/2-Low, 6 Handed Omaha 8 or Better and 6 Handed Pot Limit. There is also a very popular partners No-Limit Hold'em event on Valentine's Day that has a $335 buy-in per team.
The $10,000 buy-in, L.A. Poker Classic Championship begins on Feb. 25th and caps the action. The Main Event of the LAPC features an estimated $20 million total prize pool. The tournament is sponsored by the World Poker Tour and will be televised on Fox Sports later this year.
During the LA Poker Classic, Commerce, the World's Largest Poker Casino, is the magnet for cash game players from around the world. More than 240 gaming tables can be found throughout the casino, with an array of the players of varying specialties, talents, level of play and expertise who create a momentum unlike any other in poker. The cash games go day and night, with players drawn to Commerce around the LAPC schedule.
Some come to play the tournaments and when they bust out, go downstairs to partake in the cash games; others come strictly to play the high stakes events where fortunes can change hands at the turn of a card. Many players who love medium stakes find the tables brimming with new players with an influx of cash.
Notes Phil Laak, "When (Tournament Director) Matt Savage comes down to run the LAPC, he brings a pouch of magic poker dust. After he sprinkles it about, it seems that the whole floor is invigorated. It's like every table in the casino is filled most of the time and the selection is just off the hook. As far as games, there is anything and everything a poker player would want... and then they always have the food covered, too. Back in the day when I was starting out, I pretty much cut my teeth at Commerce, so whenever I get a chance to re-dose on poker there I feel like I am coming home."
The most popular games are No-Limit Hold'em, mostly $25-50 and $50-$100. However, the high stakes mixed games are among the most legendary with $1000-$2000 stakes. Pot Limit Omaha has also become a favorite. They strive to create an environment that gives every poker player what he or she desires-great action and an opportunity to win; a wide variety of stakes and games; an appealing and comfortable atmosphere; convenience in food, parking and lodging; pleasant dealers and card room staff; and secure ways to safeguard one's bankroll by opening a player bank account for the entire length of the tournament. Commerce is an exciting place to be in January and February! So much so that it leaves only one problem. As cash game king Mark Gregorich says, "There is so much action that I wish I had eight or nine clones of myself to deploy."