National Championship of Poker returns at Hollywood

Oct 6, 2015 3:08 AM

The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens, California, is currently hosting its annual fall tournament, the Big Poker Oktober, in conjunction with the Card Player Poker Tour, which runs through Oct. 14.

A $200,000 guarantee No Limit Hold’em tournament will be held with two starting sessions each day through this Thursday at noon and 5 p.m. The buy-in is $180 the first two days for 15,000 starting chips with 15% of the players qualifying for Day 2. On Wednesday and Thursday the buy-in is $235 for 20,000 chips with 20% of the field advancing to Day 2. There is a direct buy-in to Day 2 on Friday, Oct. 9 for $1,100.

The $500,000 guarantee No Limit Hold’em Main Event has three flights beginning this Saturday at noon for $1,100. Players eliminated any day may re-enter the next day. Players can buy-in directly into Day 2 of the Main Event on Oct. 13 for $4,300. The final table will be streamed at on Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.

The Card Player Poker Tour moves to Hollywood Park Casino on Friday, Oct. 16, for the National Championship of Poker, created by GamingToday columnist Robert Turner.

Turner says, “I am very happy that the new management at Hollywood Park Casino is continuing the tradition of the National Championship of Poker.”

Corey Silver, tournament director for HPC says, “For the first time in two years, the National Championship of Poker will be back at Hollywood Park Casino.

This prestigious event, which started back in 1995, will feature 10 days of action-packed poker, Oct. 16-25, culminating with the $500 buy-in $150,000 Championship Event Oct. 22-25.

The Championship Event offers three starting days with the final day being played out on Sunday, Oct. 25, for the world to watch via Card Player’s Live Stream Final Table.”

Preliminary events include single-day tournaments with guarantees ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 and offer different variations, such as No Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo and Knockout Bounties. Winners in all preliminary events will earn entry into the $500 Championship. In addition, there will be last-chance Super Satellites on Oct. 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. for players to win their way into the Championship for as little as $60. Visit for more information.

Patricia Chavira is a freelance writer and social media consultant specializing in gaming. She has played poker professionally for over 10 years. Email: [email protected]