It won't be business as usual at Commerce Casino for the 2010 L.A. Poker Classic. This year's annual event, which begins January 20 and concludes March 4, will include 51 events-up from 35 last year.
$335-Buy-In No Limit Hold'em, Four-Day-Start, $1,000,000 Guarantee. For starters, the 2010 LAPC opens with a new $335-buyin no limit hold 'em, four-day-start tourney featuring a $1,000,000 guarantee, and players may re-enter on subsequent days if they bust out early.
Just before Christmas, Mukul Pahuja closed out the 2009 tournament season when he captured the main event-a $2,150 buy-in, deep-stack no-limit hold'em tournament that generated a prize pool of $217,280-at the WSOP circuit event held at Harrah's Atlantic City.
Outlasting a field of 112 competitors, Pahuja, from Hicksville, NY, earned first place money of $51,169 after defeating Tampa, FL player Manny Minaya heads-up. For his second place finish, Minaya took home $30,419.
Third place money went to Eugene Castro, of Holmdel, NJ, who walked away with $23,901 for his efforts.
MGM Mirage and the World Poker Tour (WPT) begin the 2010 poker tournament season with the Southern Poker Championship at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. It's 22 days of tournament play with millions in prize money up for grabs between January 6-27. The South's largest poker tournament begins with Satellites on January 6 and culminates with the $10,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Main Event January 24-27.
Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler won this year's Bayou Poker Challenge main event, held at Harrah's New Orleans. The $3,000 + $120 buy-in no-limit hold 'em tournament attracted a highly-competitive field of 80 entries, and was the final event of 15 on this year's Bayou Poker Challenge schedule.
The three-day championship generated a prize pool totaling $221,798 and paid the top nine finishers.
The 2009 Foxwoods World Poker Finals $10,000 no-limit championship became a showdown between the two initial final table chip leaders, with Texas poker pro Cornel Andrew Cimpan winning $910,058, along with the championship trophy, commemorative leather jacket, and a $25,500 entry to the World Poker Tour in Las Vegas.
The final table got underway just after 4 p.m., and heads-up action commenced seven hours later, at 11 p.m. Play went back and forth for two hours, with Cornel Cimpan and Soheil Shamseddin of Houston, TX sweating-out three all-in showdowns during their
Jia Liu, a 23 year old mechanic from Brooklyn, had his poker wrench working as he captured Event No. 1 of the 2009 US Poker Championship at the Trump Taj Mahal, a $300 + $40 buy-in no-limit hold 'em event that attracted 154 players and created a prize pool of $46,200. First place resulted in a payout of $15,708 to Jia, who said he would spend some of the money playing future live tournaments.
In the first article, we focused on the two relative youngsters in the running for the Poker Hall of Fame, Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu, for whom the "test of time" criterion proved to be a stumbling block this year, although their talent and contributions to the game of poker will likely someday guarantee them a place. The remaining seven certainly played long enough, but the question remained whether they did enough to justify induction in 2009.
Englishman Paul Zimbler broke a world record for the longest recorded continuous poker session during the World Series of Poker-Europe, when he played 74 hours, 20 minutes, and 21 seconds straight.
Challengers were asked to donate a minimum of £10 to play against him, with proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Betfair Poker added a £5,000 donation and Zimbler raised close to £35,000 during his sleepless saga.
He began on a Monday and finished three days later after playing Mike Matusow. Zimbler had to be helped-and partially carried-from the table.
Michael Woos 'Em at Commerce Casino's Hold'em Series
Michael Woo Takes First Place Prize of $189,876
A three-day start that allowed players to buy back in on subsequent days if they busted out early, along with a $500,000 guarantee, created a unique format that attracted just short of 4,000 players-a record number. Players ponied up $220 each to buy in to Commerce Casino's opening event. In the process they created the largest land-based poker tournament in history outside of the World Series of Poker and the seventh largest poker tournament ever.