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2017 Card Player Poker Tour Main Event Starts Saturday At The Bicycle Casino

Tournament Runs Oct. 14-18, Features $400,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool


The Card Player Poker Tour has returned to the legendary Bicycle Hotel & Casino In Bell Gardens, California for the latest CPPT main event. The $400,000 guaranteed $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament kicks off on Saturday, October 14 at noon local time for the first of three starting flights. Players will be competing for the money and the title, as well as a spot for the winner on the cover of an upcoming issue of Card Player magazine.

For those who want a shot at the big prize pool but would rather skip the starting flights, this event offers players the ability to buy-in directly on day 2 for $4,300. Players will receive an average stack of 120,000 with blinds starting at 1,000-2,000 and an ante of 300.

The Bike will run a full slate of satellites to the event, allowing poker players to qualify for as little as $200. Californian Edwin Pairavi won the 2016 CPPT main event at the Bike last October for more than $120,000, defeating a field 433 total entries.

The tournament area at The Bike during the most recent CPPT main eventThe Bicycle Hotel & Casino recently unveiled a $50 million hotel expansion to the property, which poker players can continue taking advantage of come this fall. The 117,907-square-foot addition boasts 99 rooms, including 29 suites, as well as a multitude of amenities including the all new Bike Brewery, full spa and elevated outdoor pool deck with private cabanas.

Card Player had the chance to speak to Bike Tournament Director Mo Fathipour, who has pioneered the Quantum Reload format, about the upcoming series, including the main event.

Card Player: What are you looking forward to about this tournament?

Mo Fathipour: I think it is going to be much better than last year. Every year the Card Player Poker Tour is getting better and better. That is a $1,100 buy-in with the Quantum concept. You can buy in on day 2 for $4,300. Every day they are going to be playing to 25 percent of the field, and we’ll go from there.

CP: You have been called a “players’ TD.” Your tournaments have great structures.

Bike Tournament Director Mo Fathipour congratulates 2014 CPPT main event winner Shan JingMF: Players love [the Quantum reload] because the prize pool goes up and the tournament draws some professional players. The concept is getting popular. We had it in Canada, we had it in Las Vegas, and we had it in San Diego. It’s going almost everywhere.

CP: Why should poker players from across the country come to L.A. in October for the event? This is of course not factoring in the more pleasant L.A. weather.

MF: I can promise that whoever comes from the east coast, with an east coast ID, I will give them 20 percent off the hotel and free food every day during the tournament. It’s a good deal for them.

CP: How nice is it having a hotel here now?

MF: So good, I gain maybe 20-25 percent in the bigger tournaments because of the hotel. The hotel is already booking for [future events]. It helps cash games too. The hotel is very nice. Every time you come to the Bike you’ll notice things changing and getting better and better. ♠

For more information about the Card Player Poker Tour, check out the tour’s homepage.