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Card Player Poker Tour Ocean's Eleven San Diego Classic Event Starts Thursday

The Tournament Features Six Starting Flights, A Quantum Reload Option for Day 2 and a $150,000 Estimated Prize Pool


Ocean’s Eleven Casino and the Card Player Poker Tour have now teamed up for ten runnings of the San Diego Classic tournament. Over the course of those events, more than 8,200 entries have been made, with more than $2.1 million in prize money awarded along the way.
The first of three confirmed CPPT Ocean’s Eleven San Diego Classic events of 2020 is set to kick off this weekend, running from January 23 – 26.

The $250 buy-in tournament features an estimated prize pool of $150,000. The event has six starting flights to choose from, with two per day for the first three days of the event. Players can choose from the morning flight at 10:00 a.m., the evening flight starting at 6:00 p.m, or even play both flights each day! The top 12 percent of players from each starting flight will move onto day 2, with players who qualify multiple times taking their largest stack forward. Any player who qualifies multiple times will receive $1,500 for each stack removed from play heading into day 2.

Players will also be able to take advantage of the popular Quantum Tournament structure of this event and buy in on Day 2 for $1,500. Those who exercise this option will receive 210,000 in tournament chips, with the blinds starting at 2,000-3,000 with a 3,000 big blind ante for the beginning of day 2 at 12:00 p.m. local time on Sunday, Jan. 26.

2019 CPPT Ocean's 11 San Diego Classic Champion Matteus LessaA total of 926 total entries were made in the miost recent running of this tournament, back in July of 2019. Brazilian poker pro Mateus Lessa. emerged victorious in the end, earning $43,120 as the champion. This was the second-largest score of Lessa’s career, behind the $95,570 he earned for his third-place finish in the World Series of Poker Circuit $1,700 no-limit hold’em main event held in Los Angeles earlier this year.

Here is a look back at the past ten CPPT Ocean’s Eleven San Diego Classic events:

Date Entries Champion Top Payout
4/25/16 778 Robert DeAgazio $23,813
1/31/17 630 Barry Knowlton $17,157
4/24/17 920 Shawn Busse $48,910
7/23/17 910 Barry Seidman $38,873
1/29/18 691 Scott ‘Brian’ Blount $37,010
4/30/18 949 David McCaw $29,649
7/30/18 938 Seth Brown $46,870
1/29/19 823 Matthew Welch $41,300
3/28/19 728 Adam Weinraub $32,212
7/22/19 926 Mateus Lessa $43,120

About Ocean’s Eleven Casino

Ocean’s Eleven is Southern California’s only casino located along the Pacific Ocean on the Interstate 5 freeway. It sits less than a mile from some of the area’s most picturesque beaches. The casino first opened in 1997, and in the two decades that followed it has become the place to play in the San Diego area.

The property boasts 50 tables of the best poker and table games found anywhere in California with all the favorite poker games, including no-limit and limit hold’em, Omaha, Omaha eight-or-better and pot-limit Omaha. Popular table games available include Blackjack, Baccarat & Pai Gow Poker.

Haig Kelegian, the Ocean’s Eleven owner known as “The King of Clubs,” notes that, “It is not enough to be the largest poker room in the region. We have to offer the best action and the best service day in and day out.”

With its exciting array of games, amenities and promotions, Ocean’s Eleven Casino is the place to go for poker in the San Diego area. Check out the casino’s homepage to learn more. For additional information about the Card Player Poker Tour, visit the tour’s homepage.