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World Poker Tour -- L.A. Poker Classic Begins Friday

Card Player will bring you Live Coverage from one of the Largest U.S. Poker Tournaments of the Year Starting Friday at Noon

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Commerce CasinoThe World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 no-limit hold’em championship event begins tomorrow at the Commerce Casino in Southern California. The tournament will begin at noon PT on Friday, February 25 and will crown a winner on Thursday, March 3. Card Player’s live reporting team will be providing full live coverage along with videos from Card Player TV during this marquee event.

The L.A. Poker Classic has produced one of the most impressive lineups of WPT champions in the history of the tour. Former winners include Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, Michael Mizrachi, and Antonio Esfandiari. Last year, Andras Koroknai defeated 744 opponents to take home the top prize worth $1,788,001.

The championship event is the 53rd event on the long schedule of tournaments that make up the L.A. Poker Classic tournaments series, which began on January 19. The 54th event will be a $25,000 high-roller no-limit hold’em tournament that begins on Sunday, Feb. 27. You can check out the full list of results for the preliminary events on the tournament series landing page.

The highlight of the preliminary events has been a trio of double-tournament winners, David Levi, Ryan Tepen, and Brian Brubaker. Another highlight was the WPT Celebrity Invitational event, which attracted many poker and Hollywood stars. The final table will be played on Tuesday, March 2 and the lineup includes Daniel Heimiller, Davidi Kitai, and Alimira Skripchenko.

Players will begin with 30,000 in tournament chips in the WPT championship event and blinds will begin at 50-100 for the first 90-minute level. Days 1-4 will all be five levels long, so players should finish up at about 8:30 p.m. PT each evening. Here is a look at the full schedule for the championship event:

NOTE: All tournament days begin at noon PT, except final tables, which begin at 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 25: Day 1 (play five levels)
Saturday, Feb. 26: Day 2 (play five levels)
Sunday, Feb. 27: Day 3 (play five levels)
Monday, Feb. 28: Day 4 (play five levels)
Tuesday, Mar. 1: Day 5 (play down to final table of 6)
Wednesday, Mar. 2: Final table of the WPT Celebrity Invitational
Thursday, Mar. 3: WPT L.A. Poker Classic final table

2009 WPT L.A. Poker Classic:

Buy-in: $10,000
Number of Entries: 745
Total Prize Pool: $7,152,000
First-Place Prize: $1,788,001
Places Paid: 72

1: Andras Koroknai — $1,788,001
2: Raymond Dolan — $1,002,710
3: Tri Huynh — $665,136
4: Gevork Kasabyan — $450,576
5: J.C. Moussa — $321,180
6: Michael Kamran — $246,744

Past Champions:

2010: Andras Koroknai
2009: Cornel Cimpan
2008: Phil Ivey
2007: Eric Hershler
2006: Alan Goehring
2005: Michael Mizrachi
2004: Antonio Esfandiari
2003: Gus Hansen