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WPT -- L.A. Poker Classic Championship Event Begins Saturday

The Final Table Will Crown a Champion on Thursday, Feb. 27


The World Poker Tour $10,000 no-limit hold’em championship event at the 2009 L.A. Poker Classic will begin on Saturday, Feb. 21 at noon at Commerce Casino in Southern California. Most of the poker world has been here for weeks, participating in a robust lineup of preliminary events that included a $10,000 HORSE event and a $10,000 heads-up event among 35 events in all. The WPT event will run from Saturday until the champion is crowned at the conclusion of the final table on Thursday, Feb. 27. Card Player will be covering all of the action in live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos each day of the tournament.

Players will begin with 20,000 in chips and the blinds will begin at 25-50. Levels will be 90-minutes long, and there will be a 15-minute break after each level (10-minute breaks after day 1). Day 1 will play for six levels, and it will have a dinner break after the fourth level, but there will be no dinner breaks on subsequent days. Each day of the tournament is scheduled to last five levels after day 1 (day 5 will play as long as needed to reach the final six players). Here is a look at the schedule for the WPT event:

Saturday, Feb. 21: Day 1 (All preliminary days begin at noon) – Six levels
Sunday, Feb. 22: Day 2 – Five levels
Monday, Feb. 23: Day 3 – Five levels
Tuesday, Feb. 24: Day 4 – Five levels
Wednesday, Feb. 25: Day 5 – Play down to final table
Thursday, Feb. 26: Final table (begins at 4 p.m.)

Past Champions:

Season VI: Phil Ivey
Season V: Eric Hershler
Season IV: Alan Goehring
Season III: Michael Mizrachi
Season II: Antonio Esfandiari
Season I: Gus Hansen


Phil IveyBuy-in: $10,000
Number of Entries: 665
Total Prize Pool: $6,288,000
First-Place Prize: $1,596,100
Places Paid: 63

Final-Table Results:

1: Phil Ivey -- $1,596,100
2: Quinn Do -- $909,400
3: Charles Moore -- $625,630
4: Nam Le -- $411,770
5: Scott Montgomery -- $296,860
6: Phil Hellmuth -- $229,820