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Satellites coming up for 2010 L.A. Poker Classic

16 December 2009

COMMERCE, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Poker players don't necessarily need thousands of dollars to join in the competition at Commerce Casino's 2010 L.A. Poker Classic. Thanks to an extensive number of Satellite, Supersatellite and Megasatellite opportunities, many people will have a chance to play in major events by investing only a little money.

While the LAPC No Limit Hold'em Championship does not start until Feb. 26, many players will begin their journey to that event on Jan. 15 when single table Satellite play begins. Opening Satellite games feature $40 buy-ins with winners moving on to higher stages, topping out at $1,000 buy-ins, throughout January and February with LAPC Championship seats guaranteed.

Supersatellites at Commerce Casino will run from Jan. 20 to Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. with $225 buy-ins and $200 rebuys. Seats at the Main Event and WPT Celebrity Invitational are guaranteed to the winner of each Supersatellite. Of course, players will also have a chance to jump in on the action Feb. 23, Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 with $1,050 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Megasatellite games that feed into the marquee event at Commerce Casino. More than 100 seats to the LAPC Championship were awarded last year through satellite play.

Similar 2010 Megasatellite programs will be conducted earlier in the LAPC schedule that feed into other high-interest events taking place during the tournament's nearly 40 days of action. The first such event takes place Feb. 12 with $230-buy-in Megasatellites for the following day's $1,065 No Limit Hold'em with Rebuys that includes a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. Then there is the $1,050-buy-in H.O.R.S.E. Megasatellites on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 that support the Feb. 18 LAPC H.O.R.S.E Championship. This $10,000-buy-in event paid $341,000 in 2009 to winner Scotty Nguyen.

Two qualifying events are on the schedule this year that funnel into the LAPC Heads Up Championship on Feb. 23. The first such event will be held Feb. 21 and is a $1,300-buy-in Heads Up 8-Handed Qualifier. The second event is scheduled for Feb. 22 and is a $2,550-buy-in Heads Up 6-Handed Qualifier. The winner of each event earns entry into the $10,000 Heads Up Championship.

New to the 2010 LAPC is the Feb. 21 Ironman Turbo Megasatellite with $460 buy-in. This is an opportunity for players to qualify on the cheap for the Feb. 21 Ironman No Limit Hold'em with a $2,100 buy-in.

All Megasatellites, except for the Ironman Turbo Megasatellite, will award one seat to the anchor event for every 10 persons registering to play. The Ironman Turbo Megasatellite will award one seat to the anchor event for every five persons registered.

Commerce Casino 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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