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2017 Card Player Player of the Year Sponsored by The Commerce Hotel & Casino

Coverage of Poker's First and Most Prestigious POY Race Brought To You By The World's Largest Poker Room


Coverage of the 2017 Card Player Player of the Year race will be presented by Commerce Hotel & Casino, home to the largest poker room in the world. Commerce has teamed up with Card Player to bring you updates on the annual competition to determine the year’s top poker player.

Card Player first introduced the Player of the Year award in 1997, and in the 20 years since some of the game’s biggest names have emerged victorious with the POY title including two-time winner Daniel Negreanu (2004,2013), Michael Mizrachi (2006), Tom Marchese (2010) and many more. Card Player’s POY race is not only poker’s first but also it’s most prestigious, as it has been the industry standard for two decades now.

It is fitting, then, that the Player of the Year award is going to be presented by the world’s largest poker room, one that has been around since 1983 and has played host to some of the biggest and best cash games and tournaments in the history of poker.

The L.A. Poker Classic main eventThe Commerce’s marquee tournament series, the L.A. Poker Classic, is set to kick off this week.

The historic tournament series has seen some of poker’s biggest names take down the main event, including Gus Hansen (2003), Antonio Esfandiari (2004), Michael Mizrachi (2005), Phil Ivey (2008), Chris Moorman (2014) and 2015 Player of Year winner Anthony Zinno, who’s win in this event jumpstarted his run at the POY title. The L.A.P.C. main event has been one of the centerpieces of the World Poker Tour since it’s inception in 2002.

Action in the 2017 L.A.P.C. begins on Jan. 13 with a $100,000 guaranteed no-limit hold’em tournament, featuring a $175 buy-in and a double-sized starting stack of 10,000 in chips. With 60 events scheduled, the 2017 L.A. Poker Classic is guaranteed to be one of the biggest poker festivals of the year and will also include a $10,000 World Poker Tour main event. Click here for a full look at the tournament schedule.