The L.A. Poker Classic Kicks off with a Bang!

April 27, 2009

Action at the Commerce Casino got off to a quick start during the L.A. Poker Classic. The Classic, which has become one of the World Poker Tours featured events, runs from January 22nd through March 2nd. The competition features 35 unique events, with the competition being culminated by the No-Limit Hold’em World Poker Tour Championship beginning on February 21st.

The opening event for the Classic started in great fashion, as thousands flocked to the 200K Guaranteed tournament. Event number 1 is a No-Limit Hold’em event with a $300 Buy-in. The relatively small buy-in brought about many amateurs, as well as some less known but very savvy professional players. The final entries into the event was a stunning 1,592 participants, which is one of the largest fields for this event ever. The large increase in players, brought about a big jump in the prize pool. The total prize pool doubled the guaranteed 200K, with $463,272 on the line. The winner would take home six figures, after risking only $300 to enter.

The tournament began with a very fast pace, with many players risking and losing their stacks in the early levels. This one day tournament is designed to have a fast paced structure, as they have to bust 1,591 players before finding their champion, but the large prize pool and small entry fee had players gambling to try and double up early. As the day grew older and night crept in, the classic had it’s first final table of 2009. With a mix of seasoned veterans and amateurs, including Khang Pham and Steve Cho, the final table was bound to create some fireworks. After a few hours, Eugene Tito emerged victorious. Tito, who is a less well known professional, has been grinding out a living in the smaller buy-in events for a few years now. The Championship makes it Titos 3rd in as many years in the tournament circuit. The prize of $124,985 is Titos largest cash to date.





The success of the tournament did not stop with the first event. The second event of the classic, which took place on January 23rd, was a $500 buy-in No Limit Texas Hold’em event. While drawing a smaller field of 473 this larger buy-in event still offered a 100x investment opportunity for the winner. The lucky winner of the $59,640 first place prize was David Plastik. Plastik, who is a Las Vegas based professional poker player, outlasted the field including Tuan Nyguen and many other strong players to take down the prize. The win takes Plastik’s lifetime tournament winnings to $2,287,315 and moves him to #87 on the 2009 Player of the Year Rankings. Plastik, who also cashed for $1,100 in event 1, is hoping to make the Classic a very good month for himself.

With many other events already completed, the L.A. Poker Classic has gotten the world of tournament poker off to a great start here in 2009. As I write this article the No Limit Hold’em Event 15, $500 buy-in is just beginning. Make sure you check back in, as I keep you updated on one of the Nation’s top Tournaments.


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