Commerce Casino hosts poker series

September 13, 2016 3:00 AM


The Commerce Poker Series is currently underway at Commerce Casino. Tournament director and 2016 Poker Hall of Fame nominee Matt Savage always puts a good mix of games on his schedule, and this series is no different.

Last Monday, Sept. 5, you could play the $350 H.O.R.S.E. at 2 p.m., and if you got knocked out, you could register for the $240 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better at 6 p.m. You don’t usually see a schedule like that outside of the World Series of Poker.

Events like these bring out a group of regulars, and Commerce did a nice job of profiling some of these players, such as actress Gina Hecht, two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Frankie O’Dell and founder Shirley Rosario, who ended up winning Event 9, $350 Omaha 8 or Better, the day after she was profiled. Read the player profiles at

Matt Savage says, “The Commerce Poker Series continues to be a local favorite offering a variety of games at a wide range of buy-ins. The $1,650 buy-in $500K Guarantee Main Event will have an entire day (Thursday, Sept. 15 at 12 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) dedicated to satellites to get in for as low as $240.”

The last chance to play a satellite will be on Friday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. Players start with 7,500 chips, and re-entry is allowed through the close of registration. Ten $1,650 Main Event Seats are guaranteed in each Mega Satellite.

Event 19, the $500,000 Guarantee Main Event features two flights. Day 1A will be held on Friday, Sept. 16 while Day 1B begins on Saturday, Sept. 17. Both flights begin at noon. 

Players start with 20,000 chips and play 40-minute levels until in the money.

Day 2 will come back Sunday Sept. 18 at noon. Final table will be nine-handed with 60 minute levels. First place receives a $10,000 WPT 2017 LAPC Main Event Seat.

This weekend Matt Savage was named one of the ten finalists for the 2016 Poker Hall of Fame. Up to two individuals will be inducted on Oct. 26 in Las Vegas at Binion’s Gambling Hall. All the nominees are worthy, but as Matt’s bio on states, “Savage has tirelessly advocated for standardizing poker tournament rules and has been one of the foremost innovators in terms of tournament offerings and formats.”

Good luck, Matt!