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2018 WPT L.A. Poker Classic Event Begins Saturday At Commerce Casino

$10,000 Buy-In Championship Event Runs Feb. 24 - Mar. 1


The 25th anniversary running of the L.A. Poker Classic series got underway on Jan. 9, 2018 at the Commerce Casino. The silver anniversary features an expansive and exciting 64-event schedule this year, and roughly six weeks into the festival more than 50 events have concluded. The undeniable highlight of the entire series is World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event which kicks off at noon on Saturday, Feb. 24 at noom local time. As in previous years, players will start with 30,000 in chips with blinds beginning at 50-100.

Registration will stay open until the start of the 10th level, with the tournament played nine-handed until 80 players remain, at which point the tables will shift to eight-handed. The first eight levels will last 60 minutes, increasing to 90 minutes each level on days 2 and 3. On days 4 and 5 levels will last 120 minutes until a final table of six is decided. Redraws will happen at the end of each day and also when the field reaches the following milestones: 24 remaining, 16 remaining, and 9 players remaining.

“The WPT main event is my favorite tournament of the year,” said Commerce Casino Tournament Coordinator Justin Hammer. “It is poker in its purest form. A true freezeout with an amazing mix of big-name poker pros, celebrities, L.A. business people, and players that were just fortunate enough to win their way in. This year, in addition to the 100 or so that will qualify through satellites; Commerce is awarding 30 seats through live cash game promotions. That means that at any given table, there can be a player who won a $150 mega, or even a $2-$4 limit regular that was in the right place at the right time. I’m looking forward to watching a diverse group of players battle to win this prestigious event.”

2017 WPT L.A. Poker Classic main event champion Daniel StrelitzThe L.A. Poker Classic main event is one of the most legendary tournaments on the World Poker Tour, producing winners such as Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Moorman, Michael Mizrachi, Anthony Zinno, Gus Hansen, Alan Goehring, Dietrich Fast, and Phil Ivey. In 2017, Daniel Strelitz topped a field of 521 players to win the $1,001,110 first-place prize. Once again, Commerce is guaranteeing at least $1 million for the 2018 winner.

Players who want to get into the main event at a discounted price still have time to win their seat this weekend with six more scheduled mega satellites. The $1,100 buy-in satellites guarantee a total of 50 main event tickets and run Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at noon, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Date Time Buy-In Guarantee
22-Feb 8 p.m. $1,100 10 Seats
23-Feb 12 p.m. $1,100 10 Seats
23-Feb 5 p.m. $1,100 10 Seats
23-Feb 8 p.m. $1,100 10 Seats
24-Feb 10 a.m. $1,100 5 Seats
24-Feb 5 p.m. $1,100 5 Seats

As Hammer mentioned, cash game players can get in on the action with 30 main event seats up for grabs. Commerce has been holding a weekly drawing to award five seats. Players just need to make a full house or better to earn an entry into the drawing. Additionally, anyone who wins one of the 64 qualifying events on the LAPC schedule will automatically be entered into a random draw for a $10,000 main event seat into the 2019 WPT LAPC main event.

For more information about the upcoming 25th anniversary L.A. Poker Classic, and to book a hotel room, visit the Commerce Casino website. For the poker rate, email