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Commerce Casino

November 23, 2009 06:00 ET

2010 L.A. Poker Classic to Be Largest Tournament Ever Held at Commerce Casino -- Prize Pool Expected to Top $20 Million

50 Tournaments Planned From Jan. 21 to March 4 -- New Challenges Plus Two Televised World Poker Tour® Events and a $25,100 Buy-In High Roller Event

Two $1,000,000 Guarantees on Schedule -- Including Opening Event Schedule Packed With Tournaments Making First Appearances at LAPC

COMMERCE, CA--(Marketwire - November 23, 2009) - Commerce Casino will raise the bar for poker tournaments in Southern California with the 2010 L.A. Poker Classic. A total of 50 events, some new to the LAPC and Commerce Casino, will be conducted in 43 days from Jan. 21 to March 4 -- up from 35 offerings in 2009. Anchored by two major World Poker Tour® (WPT) events, the LAPC will feature an estimated $20 million total prize pool, with $3.3 million in guarantees -- the largest amount ever put forth by Commerce Casino.

"We've pulled out all the stops this year," said John Griffo, the casino's director of marketing and advertising. "This LAPC is longer, bigger and richer. We anticipate attracting players from around the world for nearly two months of non-stop action. With $20 million at stake, what poker player wouldn't want to be at Commerce?"

The 2010 LAPC will open Jan. 21 with a new $335-buy-in No Limit Hold'em, three-day-start tourney featuring a spectacular $1,000,000 guarantee. This event allows players to re-enter on subsequent days if they bust out early. A similar event held in September during the Commerce Casino Hold'em Series drew a record-breaking 3,967 players and resulted in a total prize pool of $753,730 divided between 369 people finishing in the money.

On Feb. 14, Commerce Casino will conduct its first ever $1,065-buy-in, 2-7 Triple Draw game as part of the L.A. Poker Classic. This game, considered a form of lowball, rewards players holding the lowest hand out of five cards after three draws. Also making first-ever appearances at Commerce Casino are the $1,065-buy-in 8 Game Mix on Feb. 15 and Badugi on Feb. 16. The 8 Game Mix takes traditional H.O.R.S.E and adds Pot Limit Hold'em, Triple Draw and No Limit Hold'em to the challenge. Badugi, which emanates from Asia, is a unique version of lowball where the goal is to hold the lowest four-card hand after three draws.

Two other marquee events joining the LAPC schedule for the first time are the $2,100-buy-in Ironman Tournament starting Feb. 21 with no scheduled breaks, and the mammoth $25,100-buy-in High Roller match on Feb. 28 that is sure to draw poker's elite.

Other NEW events of note on the 2010 LAPC schedule include:

-- $1,065 No-Limit Hold'em w/$1,000 Rebuys ($1 Million Guarantee) --
   Feb. 13
-- $1,585 Chinese Poker 1/2-High 1/2-Low -- Feb. 17
-- $1,065 Pot Limit Omaha with Rebuys -- Feb. 19

Along with the new offerings, the LAPC will again host several CLASSICS:

-- $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship -- Feb. 18
-- $10,000 Heads Up Championship -- Feb. 23
-- $5,100 No Limit Hold'em -- Feb. 24

All of the action will be capped by the World Poker Tour events -- the $10,000 L.A. Poker Classic Championship that begins Feb. 26, and the hugely popular WPT Celebrity Invitational starting Feb. 20, which attracts poker-playing stars of TV and film. In 2009, Cornel Andrew Cimpan of Texas bested almost 700 others to walk away with $1,686,760 and the LAPC Championship. Poker pro Freedy Deeb won the WPT Celebrity Invitational and immediately donated nearly $35,000 of his winnings to charity. The WPT events will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net (FSN).

Tournament Director Matt Savage carefully designed the new LAPC schedule after receiving input from players throughout the year. "Commerce Casino has truly become a year-round haven for poker players," he said. "As such, we felt it important to create an LAPC schedule that caters to recreational and professional players alike. That is why we have kept traditional events and inserted new games to the mix, and have buy-ins ranging from $220 to a heart-pounding $25,100."

Start times vary for events. All events with more than 100 players will be conducted over two days unless noted. There will be approximately 13 hours of play for events beginning at 1 p.m., and 10 hours of play for events starting at 4 p.m. Final tables for most events will return on the following day at 3 p.m. unless otherwise instructed.

The full L.A. Poker Classic schedule and overview can be found at http://www.commercecasino.com/tournamentDetails.aspx?tournamentId=3. More information is available at www.CommerceCasino.com or by calling (323) 721-2100.

About Commerce Casino

Commerce Casino, the largest poker casino in the world, has more than 200 tables featuring about every form of poker: Texas Hold'em, 7-Card Stud, Omaha, Lowball, Pot Limit, Mexican Poker, Pineapple, Draw, Low-Ball and many others. Also offered are Pan and California games. Commerce Casino is also recognized for its innovative "Bring Your Home Game to Commerce" program enabling poker fans to invite friends/family for a casual home game, bachelor party or birthday celebration with a professional dealer in a casino setting. Commerce Casino is located at 6131 East Telegraph Rd., Commerce, CA 90040, just off the Santa Ana (5) Freeway at the Washington Blvd. exit. For more information, go to CommerceCasino.com or call 323.721.2100

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