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L.A. Poker Classic Update

Many Winners have been crowned, including David Levi Twice -- World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational Begins this Weekend

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Commerce CasinoThe 2011 L.A. Poker Classic has been running for many weeks now at the Commerce Casino in the Los Angeles area in Southern California. Over three dozen champions have been crowned during the course of this massive tournament series and the action will only intensify starting this weekend with the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational.

Everything is leading up to the $10,000 WPT no-limit hold’em main event, which begins on Friday, February 25. Card Player and CardPlayer TV will be at the Commerce Casino during the main event to bring you full live coverage of all of the action, until the final table crowns a champion on March 3. Until then, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from the preliminary events so far.

The $1 million guaranteed kickoff no-limit hold’em tournament began on January 19 and it attracted 4,179 players. The champion was Cory Nistler, who turned an initial investment worth $335 into the top prize worth $183,455. There was another 4,000-plus field who showed up for an early tournament in the series and that was the $125 no-limit hold’em turbo event that took place at the start of February. Joshua Romero was the champion and he took home $82,775 in prize money.

Professional David Levi won an early $545 seven-card stud event and took home $11,955 for topping an 86-player field. Levi continued his hot streak by winning the $545 pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better tournament a few weeks later. Levi took home $9,110 for his second tournament win of the series, this time defeating 88 opponents.

Levi is just one of three players who won two tournaments during the first 38 events at the L.A. Poker Classic. Ryan Tepen took home $16,335 for winning a $335 Omaha eight-or-better tournament and he followed that up five days later with an $8,820 victory in a $335 seven-game mixed event. Brian Brubaker has cashed five times during the tournament series and two of those cashes were tournament wins. His first came in a $1,065 no-limit hold’em event and he won $40,860, and the second victory came in a $125 no-limit hold’em event with rebuys where he captured the top prize worth $30,250.

Upcoming highlights include the $5,600 eight-game mixed championship that begins today, the WPT Celebrity Invitational that runs this weekend, the $2,100 no-limit hold’em Ironman event that begins on Feb. 20, the $5,600 no-limit hold’em heads-up championship that begins on Feb. 22, and the $10,000 WPT no-limit hold’em championship event that begins on Friday, Feb. 25. There will also be a $25,000 Commerce high roller event that begins on Feb. 27.
Tune in late next week to follow along with all of the action at Commerce Casino with Card Player.