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2009 L.A. Poker Classic

Day One

by Todd Brunson |  Published: May 19, 2009


With a first-place prize of almost $1.7 million and a super slow structure, the L.A. Poker Classic main event is my kind of tournament. This year, the tournament was run by a savage named Matt, and he did a great job, although I think his wife, Mary Ann, actually did most of the work. We were given 20,000 in chips, and the blinds started low and never doubled. In fact, they almost never took a 50 percent jump from one level to the next, and each level was a leisurely 90 minutes long. We were situated in the spacious ballroom on the second floor, as usual. If you could ignore the fact that we had no servers (except cocktails, which you had to pay for), it was a very pleasant tournament to play. I showed up two hours late and received no penalty, which also was nice. I wasn’t trying ...

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