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Commerce Adds Five $10K Poker Seats to Prelim LAPC Events

Five Tourneys Selected for Added Value


Commerce CasinoIn 2009, Cornel Cimpan won the Los Angeles Poker Classic main event for nearly $1.7 million. He beat out 695 other players — most of whom put up the $10,000 buy-in themselves — to win one of the most prestigious titles in poker.

Always one of the biggest series of the year, the 2010 LAPC promises to offer even more prize pools by way of their new 51-event schedule — up for the already robust 35 tourneys they offered in 2009. But the casino is making a special effort to give its patrons who may not quite have the bankroll to throw down $10,000 for a single tournament a chance to play in one of its premiere events.

For five special tournaments, Commerce will be adding a $10,000 seat to the prize pool. The winners of those events won’t just get the first-place money they earned, they’ll also get a $10,000 seat courtesy of Commerce.

“Each year, we look at ways to open the L.A. Poker Classic to players of all economic levels,” said John Griffo, the casino’s director of marketing and advertising. “By offering low-wager options for entry to high-level events, we support poker as a sport where fans can get off of the couch and into the action, and perhaps end up on television fighting for more than a million dollars.”

The first tourney with an added $10,000 seat, a $545 no-limit hold’em event, will take place on Jan. 27. February will also present four more chances to take advantage of Commerce’s new promotion, as seats have been added to the Feb. 4 $345 heads-up tourney (limited to 256 players), the Feb. 11 $545 no-limit hold’em tourney, the Feb. 21 $2,100 Ironman event, and the Feb. 23 $10,000 heads-up championship.

Players who win the earlier events can use their $10,000 seats for the Feb. 18 H.O.R.S.E. championship, Feb. 23 heads-up championship, or the Feb. 26 main event. Obviously, if someone wins a seat after the tournament’s registration has ended, he or she will have to play in one of the later $10,000 events.

Along with its added-value tournaments, Commerce will continue to run a plethora of satellites and super-satellites into its big buy-in tournaments.

For more information, go to Make sure to check out the full 2010 LAPC schedule to plan ahead.