Top California Poker Tournaments in 2019: Schedules and Info
It is a well-known fact that poker and other casino games are not only played in Las Vegas but throughout the rest of the US and the world.
Poker tournaments, like the World Series of Poker, are events where the best poker players gather for a showdown at the tables that have no limits and where millions of dollars are won.
However, getting to the WSOP and other main poker events demands a lot of talent and hard work, as well as participation at satellite tournaments and different poker events where you can hone your poker skills. If you want extra practise why not try real money Californian poker sites.
Apart from the WSOP-related tournaments, many casinos across California host daily, monthly, and annual poker events that can be regarded as large scale tournaments thanks to their prize pools and the talent they attract.
The following is a list of top poker tournaments and events in California in 2019, together with the info related to the upcoming ones.
WPT: Legends of Poker Main Event
Aug. 31 – Sept. 4 @ The Bicycle Hotel & Casino
The World Poker Tour is a celebrated poker organisation that has hosted numerous poker tournaments throughout its history.
One of the competitions that has always created the most significant buzz among poker aficionados is the Legends of Poker Main Event.
This event is scheduled to run from Aug. 31 – Sept. 4 at Bicycle Hotel & Casino in beautiful Bell Gardens, California. This year, the tour marks its 18th season.
The tournament is very much beloved by all types of players as you can see both pros and everyday players at a table at the same time, going head to head to win superb rewards. The excitement and thrill never wane, especially when you consider that this year’s Legends of Poker Main Event has a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million.
The Main Event is a $5,000 buy-in no-limit hold ’em poker event that features two starting days: Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1. The registration is available on both of these days up until the start of day 2, with no late registration after day 2 gets underway. The events are set to kick off at noon on both starting days.
Also, the players are allowed a single re-entry during the day. The buy-in, as we mentioned earlier, is set at $5,000. The players start with 40,000 in chips with initial blinds of 100-100 for level 1. Days 1 and 2 will feature hour-long blind levels which will extend to a 90-minute level for day 3.
The crowd that gathers at the event is home to some of the most prominent champions of the game and tournaments. Some of the past winners are Dan Harrington (2007), John Phan (2008), Prahlad Friedman (2009), Andy Frankenberger (2010), and most recently Art Papazyan (2017). Papazyan earned $668,692 as the crowned champion after topping the competition that numbered 763 entries. He also managed to win the WPT Player of the Year Award in 2018.
The Commerce Hold’em Series
Aug. 31 to Sept. 16 @ Commerce Hotel & Casino
Commerce Hotel & Casino is located on the outskirts of Los Angeles and represents a luxurious resort that offers not only top-notch accommodation but also excellent poker playing experience.
In charge of bringing that ultimate poker experience is the Commerce Hold ’em Poker series that are represented by numerous poker events spanning over two weeks, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 16.
There are more than 13 different events in this series, and some of these events last up to a week, while some are daily.
These events differ not only in prize money but in their structure as well. Namely, we can find events such as the opening Abyss event where players have the entire day without an increase in blinds in order to get as many chips as possible.
The buy-in is set at $360 for this particular event, and the initial amount of chips the players start with is 20,000. The first day is an 8-hour level, and the guaranteed prize pool is $250,000.
The top event in the series is the No Limits Hold ’em event that spans over two days. It is an event with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool with a $1,100 required buy-in. The players start with 30,000 chips and with 100–200 blinds. Also, there is a single re-entry allowed during the day, and the registration offices are open until 5:30 PM because the events begin at 7:00 PM at the latest.
One of last year’s winners at $1,100 No-Limit Hold ’em $500K GTD was Sam Weiss who managed to bank home more than $100K.
WSOP Circuit: Thunder Valley (Sacramento area)
Sept. 5 to 16 @ Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Another momentous poker event that has grown into an annual gathering of top California poker talent is set to begin on Sept. 6 at Thunder Valley Casino Resort.
These events are a part of the WSOP Circuit and serve as sanctioned events for the players to qualify for the 2019 WSOP Global Casino Championship by collecting valuable points.
There are 14 separate events that are staged across the two-week period where players will clash in poker varieties such as No-Limit Hold ’em, Omaha Hi-Lo, HORSE, and so on.
The most important of all events is the Multi-Day Official Ring Event with $300,000 guaranteed and a $400 buy-in requirement. The players will start with 15,000 in tournament chips and are allowed one re-entry per flight. If a player is eliminated during the registration period, that player may re-enter the same flight. Each of the 30 levels lasts for about 30 minutes and with each following level incurs an increase in the number of chips needed for Ante, Small, and Big Blind bets.
Last year’s event saw an increase in the field of entries to a total of 464 participants, which lead to the surpassing of the event’s $500,000 guarantee and building a final prize pool of $702,960. The winner of the contest was Brett Murray who brought home the lion’s share of the prize pool that totaled to $151,145, which was the most significant win of his career.
Los Angeles Poker Classic
Jan. 16 to Mar. 16 @ Commerce Casino / HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas
The Los Angeles Poker Classic is the longest-running poker tournament in L.A., celebrating its 26. edition this year. It began in mid-January and lasted until mid-March.
The Los Angeles Poker Classic tournament was held at Commerce Casino and expanded to cover 69 individual events. The Main Event of the competition was World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold ’em where the players start with 40,000 in chips. The Blinds began with 100-100 and increased as the levels and days progressed.
The final event was televised and took place at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at The Luxor. The registration for the event remained open until the start of the 11th level when approximately 80 players were still in the game. The first eight levels lasted about 60 minutes, only to increase to 120 minutes until a final table of 6 players was decided.
Because this was a “One-Day One Million Satellite Event” a place at the big table was at stake, not to mention a $1 million prize pool.
This year’s winner was Aaron Motoyama who managed to bank home $142,605, topping 1102 entries and some fierce competition. Some of the previous winners are Chris Moorman, Michael Mizrachi, Anthony Zinno, Gus Hansen and Dennis Blieden.