The L.A. Poker Classic – in its 26th season – concludes its 6-week run March 2-6 with the $10,000 WPT Championship at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.
Dennis Blieden is the defending champion, earning $1,000,000 in his first-ever WPT cash. Previous LAPC WPT Champions include Phil Ivey, Gus Hanson (the inaugural winner), Michael Mizrachi, Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Strelitz.
Players really enjoy the WPT LAPC format that avoids long days in this no-re-entry, freezeout format, with 40,000 starting stacks.
Day 1 (Saturday, March 2) play features eight 60-minute levels with three 15-minute breaks and no dinner break, completing at 8:45pm so players can have a relaxing meal once play wraps up for the night. Registration is open for all of Day 1, closing at the start of Level 11 at about 3:30pm on Day 2.
Days 2 and 3 (March 4-5) are five 90-minute levels with four 15-minute breaks, wrapping up 15 minutes earlier than their Day 1 play at 8:30pm and Commerce Casino Tournament Director Matt Savage insists on starting days play on time.
The 30-second Action Clock makes its appearance once play is a full table away from the money, remaining in effect the rest of the tournament. 9-handed play runs from the start of the tournament until 10 tables remain, tables then moving to 8-handed for the rest of the event.
Two-hour (120-minute) levels kick in for Day 4 on Tuesday, March 5, scheduled for four levels with breaks that ends at 8:45p.m. Make Day 5 (March 6) and also play 120-minute levels, playing as long as it takes to reach the final table of 6 players.
New this year for the WPT Championship at LAPC is the final table setup. The final six players take a 5-day break, heading to HyperX ESports Arena at the Luxor in Las Vegas on Monday, March 11 for televised final table action.
“The goal of the WPT is to achieve a Final Table experience that will be unmatched in poker not only on the felt but a live fan friendly exciting environment,” said Savage, WPT Executive Tour Director. “The players receive air and accommodations and also a concierge for friends and family to make arrangements to attend and watch their favorite player join the prestigious WPT Champions Club.”
Players can earn their way in to the WPT Championship for as little as $150 in twice-nightly satellites to the March 1 One Day One Million. There’s a total of 100 seats guaranteed to the Championship on March 1 - $1,000,000 total guaranteed in seats, 50 at Noon and 50 at 6 p.m. The twice-nightly $150 step-satellites running right now at the LAPC send players in to the $1,100 buy-in One Day One Million.