WSOP attracts players to L.A.
March 14, 2017 3:02 AM
by Patricia Chavira
The World Series of Poker Circuit is underway at the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens, California. This weekend the much-anticipated $1,675 WSOP Circuit Main Event was held.
Day 1A began on Saturday, March 11. The first day of the Main Event drew 303 players. As of press time, 255 players registered for Day 1B. Day 2 began on Monday.
The $3,250 No Limit Hold’em High Roller and $240 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better also took place on Monday.
The remaining events of the series are a $1,125 No Limit Hold’em Bounty and $365 No Limit Hold’em on Tuesday. Wednesday features a $365 No Limit Hold’em Turbo at noon and a $240 Limit Big O 8 or Better at 3 p.m.
Two No Limit events, a $240 tournament with a $50,000 guarantee and a $75 Facebook tournament with a $25,000 guarantee will be held on Thursday at noon and 5:30 p.m., respectively.
Then on Friday, Mega Millions XVI kicks off at 11:30 a.m. This Quantum-format tournament features a $1,000,000 guarantee. Running March 17-28, players have plenty of opportunities to hit a big score before the WSOP begins in Las Vegas at the end of May.
Depending on what flight you enter, both the buy-in and the percentage of players advancing changes.
For example, on opening day Friday, March 17, if you enter the 11:30 a.m. or 4 p.m. flight for $160, 5% of the field advances to Day 2 on Tuesday, March 28. Every $160 session has one optional add-on for $100.
If you play the 2 p.m. flight for $550, 10% of the field advances. If you qualify more than once, you will receive $3,000 cash.
On Monday, March 27, there is a $460 Mega Satellite at 8:30 p.m. that will give away three $4,300 Day 2 seats. On Tuesday, March 28, a $460 Mega Satellite Turbo at 10 a.m. is guaranteeing one seat into Day 2.
As is usual in Quantum tournaments, you can buy directly into Day 2 of the Mega Millions for $4,300. The first two levels allow a single re-entry. Players start with 250,000 chips with blinds at 500-2k-4k.
If you don’t have a chance to play any Circuit events, the cash games are always action-packed when the WSOPC comes to town.
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