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California casino to continue $1 million poker tournament

9 June 2011

COMMERCE, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Original Million Dollar Tournament, in only its second year, already is one of the most anticipated events in the world of poker.

One after another, Commerce Casino, the world's largest poker casino, continues to provide poker players around the world with lucrative and exciting events. The Million Dollar Tournament, with its $250,000 first-place prize from the total guaranteed purse of $1 million, is June 20-25. The finals in the No Limit Hold 'em event will be June 26.

More than 3,500 players are expected and the appeal of the event is no surprise. Where else can a $335 buy-in result in a $250,000 payoff? There's plenty more to entice poker players in the Million Dollar Tournament. Additional $335 re-entries are available daily to those knocked out of the event.

"We're hoping to attract players from all over the country and some of the international stars, too," said John Griffo, the popular director of casino development at Commerce Casino. "The event has plenty of allure. There's the huge $250,000 payoff for the $355 buy-in. That's very unique. And how we format play is a popular component.

"It's not a re-buy event. It's a re-entry tournament. Players can re-enter any of the following days."

The Commerce Casino expects there will be plenty of re-entries, with perhaps as many as half the field playing at least more than once in a bid to make the final table. The top 2 percent of the daily entries will advance, a number projected to be between 9 and 15 each day.

There's even more from the Commerce Casino to elevate the Million Dollar Tournament in the esteem of poker players. Nightly $40 satellites already are underway with the winners qualifying for the big event.

The Commerce Casino tournaments have been embraced by poker players, professionals and amateurs alike, and have led to a growing tournament schedule at the home of poker. The Million Dollar Tournament is another of the relatively new events making inroads as a "must play" tournament in the world of poker. Among the most appealing aspects of Commerce Casino events are the amenities. Commerce Casino is all about card games, most notably poker with its more than 200 tables. Poker is first and foremost and that resonates with the serious poker player.

To view the schedule for all upcoming Commerce tournaments, visit or call (323) 721-2100. To follow the tournaments, go to

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