SOURCE: Commerce Casino

Commerce Casino

May 04, 2010 17:37 ET

Commerce Casino's California State Poker Championship Opens With $500,000 Guarantee & Rolls On With Low-Buy-In, High-Payout Events

Do You Have What it Takes to Become the California State Poker Champion? More Than $1 Million in Prize Guarantees Over Three Weeks From May 5-May 23

COMMERCE, CA--(Marketwire - May 4, 2010) -  Do you have what it takes to become the California State Poker Champion? Here's your chance to find out!

Commerce Casino's annual California State Poker Championship returns on May 5 for three weeks of affordable buy-ins, high payouts and unique tournaments that will keep players on their toes. More than $1,000,000 in prize money is guaranteed, beginning with a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool, $220-buy-in, four-day-start No Limit Hold'em event. The series opener, which allows people to buy-back in each day if they bust out, is the largest guarantee in poker for a low-stakes tournament.

Tournament Director Matt Savage has once again packed the schedule with challenging and creative events, making the World's Largest Poker Casino a leader in competitive, fun and distinct player-friendly tournaments. Many of the new offerings are in response to player requests for more diverse low-buy-in events. There will be a full slate of poker tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $120 to $1,575, plus the storied Cal State Championship Main Event, whose past winners include actor Ben Affleck. The $3,085-buy-in Main Event serves as a great warm-up for players headed to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

During the 22-tournament schedule poker enthusiasts will encounter $1,150,000 in guaranteed prize money parceled out over nine of the events. Four events provide a $3,085-seat in the Main Event for the winner. Commerce Casino has also planned several Mega Satellite events -- including three on Thursday, May 20 -- so players can spend as little as $335 to win their way into the Main Event.

"In the Cal State Poker Classic, Commerce Casino has created a haven for the player who can spread out his bankroll wisely and yet still get a shot at numerous big paydays," said Savage, who guided the 2010 LA Poker Classic at Commerce in February to record turnouts and payouts. "We're looking forward to an exciting May."

To view the full event schedule and starting times, go to or call (323) 721-2100 for tournament information or reservations at the beautifully-appointed Crowne Plaza Hotel at Commerce Casino which offers free wi-fi in each room.

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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 EZ Baccarat, 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. Horseracing fans can also find the Commerce Casino Racebook a great setting for off track betting. 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 or call 323.721.2100.

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