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Commerce Casino hosting satellites for L.A. Poker Classic

13 January 2010

COMMERCE, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Along with an extensive Satellite, Supersatellite and Megasatellite schedule, Commerce Casino is offering events during the 2010 L.A. Poker Classic for players to win not only cash prizes but a seat to a $10,000 Championship of their choosing.

Not every poker player has the bankroll to purchase a seat at one of three prestigious $10,000 LAPC events. That is why Commerce Casino included chances for players to win these seats by being victorious in other events. At any of these five preliminary events, winners will take away a $10,000 seat along with the mound of money they have won.

The first "seat added" event takes place Jan. 27 and is a $545-buy-in No Limit Hold'em Tournament. In February there are four more opportunities where players can win both money and a $10,000 seat starting with the Feb. 4 $345-buy-in Heads Up No Limit Hold'em which will be limited to only 256 players. Next comes the Feb. 11 $545-buy-in No Limit Hold'em Event followed by the Feb. 21 Ironman No Limit Hold'em with $2,100 buy-in. The fifth and final opportunity for players to win a seat happens Feb. 23 during the $10,000 Heads Up Championship.

LAPC Tournament Director Matt Savage said winners of the Jan. 27, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11 "seat added" events can choose any of the $10K Events which include Feb. 18 H.O.R.S.E Championship, Feb. 23 Heads Up Championship or the Feb. 26 LAPC Main Event. The winner of the Feb. 21 "seat added" game can select either the Heads Up Championship or LAPC Main Event, and the person winning the Feb. 23 Heads Up Championship will be awarded a seat to the Main Event which will be recorded for broadcast on Fox Sports Net (FSN) as part of Season VIII on the World Poker TourĀ®.

John Griffo, Commerce Casino's Director of Marketing and Advertising, said the "seat added" tournaments and Satellite programs are evidence of the casino's ongoing dedication to making the game of poker accessible to everyone.

"Each year we look at ways to open the L.A. Poker Classic to players of all economic levels," Griffo said. "By offering low-wager options for entry to high-level events, we support poker as a sport where fans can get off the couch and into the action, and perhaps end up on television fighting for more than a million dollars."

Commerce Casino has raised the bar for poker tournaments in Southern California with the 2010 L.A. Poker Classic. A total of 51 events, some new to the LAPC and Commerce Casino, will be conducted in 43 days from Jan. 21 to March 4 -- up from 35 offerings in 2009. Anchored by two major World Poker TourĀ® (WPT) events, the LAPC will feature an estimated $20 million total prize pool, with $3.3 million in guarantees -- the largest amount ever put forth by Commerce Casino

Start times vary for events. The full L.A. Poker Classic schedule and overview can be found at http://www.commercecasino.com/tournamentDetails.aspx?tournamentId=3. More information is available at www.CommerceCasino.com or by calling (323) 721-2100.

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