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CPPT Returns To Ocean’s Eleven This April For San Diego Classic

The $250 Buy-In Quantum Tournament is Set To Run From April 23-26

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Mar 11, 2020


Ocean’s Eleven Casino first opened in Oceanside, California back in 1997. For over two decades it has been San Diego’s place to play. The legendary poker room first teamed up with the Card Player Poker Tour in April of 2016. This spring will see the partnership enter its fifth year with the 12th running of the CPPT Ocean’s Eleven San Diego Classic. Over the previous 11 events, this tournament has drawn more than 9,100 entries, with more than $2.3 million in prize money paid out along the way.

The April running of the San Diego Classic is scheduled to run from April 23-26. The $250 buy-in tournament will have six starting flights to choose from, with two flights per day for the first three days of the event. Players can choose from the morning flight at 10 a.m., the evening flight starting at 6 p.m, or even play both flights each day! Players will also be able to take advantage of the popular Quantum Tournament structure of this event and buy-in on day 2 for $1,500 and receive 210,000 in tournament chips, with the blinds starting at 2,000-3,000 with a 3,000 big blind ante.

A third San Diego Classic event for 2020 is also scheduled for July 23-26, for those looking ahead at their summer tournament schedules.

The most recent running of this event took place in January of 2020. The tournament attracted 845 total entries, creating a final prize pool of $233,900. The event drew 786 entries throughout its six $250 buy-in starting flights, adding another 59 day 2 direct entries made for $1,500. In the end, a player who requested to remain anonymous took home $39,000 as the champion of this event.

Here is a look back at the past eleven CPPT Ocean’s Eleven San Diego Classic Events:

Date Entries Champion Top Payout
4/25/16 778 Robert DeAgazio $23,813
1/31/17 630 Barry Knowlton $17,157
4/24/17 920 Shawn Busse $48,910
7/23/17 910 Barry Seidman $38,873
1/29/18 691 Scott ‘Brian’ Blount $37,010
4/30/18 949 David McCaw $29,649
7/30/18 938 Seth Brown $46,870
1/29/19 823 Matthew Welch $41,300
4/28/19 728 Adam Weinraub $32,212
7/22/19 926 Mateus Lessa $43,120
1/27/20 845 Anonymous $39,000

About Ocean’s Eleven Casino

Ocean’s Eleven Casino is just minutes away from the beautiful beaches of Oceanside, California. It is Southern California’s only casino located along the Pacific Ocean on the Interstate 5 freeway.

The 24-7 gaming establishment features 50 tables of the best poker and table games found anywhere in California, with all of the most popular games available including no-limit and limit hold’em, Omaha, Omaha eight-or-better and pot-limit Omaha. There are also popular table games on offer, such as Blackjack, Baccarat & Pai Gow Poker.

Ocean’s Eleven offers numerous promotions for players to take advantage of. One of the most popular is ‘Racing For Dollars’, which allows players to earn cash by simply playing in your favorite live poker games. The amount players earn is based on how much they play in a month. A total of 20 hours played in a month would earn $40, 100 hours gets you $400, and 200 hours played is worth $1,200. The room also offers a $40,000 Poker Jackpot that is awarded every Sunday and Tuesday, with $5,000 Cash Poker Rollover Drawings every Friday. For table games players, there are $250 Cash Drawings every hour from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Haig Kelegian, the Ocean’s Eleven owner known as “The King of Clubs,” notes that, “It is not enough to be the largest poker room in the region. We have to offer the best action and the best service day in and day out.”

With its exciting array of games, amenities and promotions, Ocean’s Eleven Casino is the place to go for poker in the San Diego area. Check out their website at to learn more about the casino. For additional information about the Card Player Poker Tour, head to ♠