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    Friday, February 24th, 2012 by Ryan

The LA Poker Classic is one of the largest events on the World Poker Tour schedule, and is one that definitely has some of the most hype surrounding it leading up to the action as well. The event takes place in Los Angeles at the Commerce Casino, and this is one of the final tournaments of the World Poker Tour’s schedule, which is now in it’s tenth season incredibly! The LA Poker Classic Main Event kicks off today, and this stop has been a part of the action since back in 2002 when it all began with Gus Hansen winning the event by beating some big names as well.

The reason why this event has such a large following is partially because of it’s location in wonderful Los Angeles, but also because of the fact that there have been some big name players to win the event to go along with Hansen. Phil Ivey, Michael “The Grind” Mizrachi, Antonio Esfandiari, Alan Goehring, and Cornell Cimpan have all won this event at one point during their careers, and other huge names like Erick Lindgren, Phil Hellmuth, David Benyamine, Ted Forrest, Scott Montgomery, Carlos Mortensen, J.C. Tran, and many others have made it to the final table at one point during the ten year span.

Another part of the reason why this tournament draws such heavy hitters is because the buy-in is set at $10k, which is one of the higher buy-in events on the live poker tournament circuit. This year’s event is expected to have quite a few big names as well, and we could potentially be looking at a star-studded field of players that even the newest poker fan would know! The final table will be played on the 29th of this month, so the action should be on going over the next few days.

The LA Poker Classic also has a $5k No Limit Hold’em preliminary event that runs before the actual Main Event kicks off, and this event drew in some very big names as well. Actually, the heads up match between Vanessa Selbst and Jonathan Duhamel was one that was followed by quite a few poker fans out there as well. Selbst eventually took down Duhamel (who has had an incredible year so far), and got a nice pay day of $140,294, and Duhamel got a second place prize of $121,115. Selbst has had quite the year on the World Poker Tour circuit, and if she has a good Main Event she could potentially make a push on the WPT Player of the Year leader Will Failla for the award. Selbst is currently tied for sixth place in the race, but if she finishes in fourth or better then she would pass Will “The Thrill” for the Player of the Year race.

One player who recently confirmed for the tournament was Jason Somerville, who tweeted that he’s “Excited to play the $10k WPT event today!” If you remember, Somerville is fresh off of a nice win this past week. The Tour Director for the World Poker Tour, Matt Savage, said that he is expecting the first place prize to be over $1 million once again, which means that we should have a solid number of entrants as well.




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