Four LA card rooms host $3M guaranteed poker tournament
September 20, 2016 3:01 AM
by Patricia Chavira
The inaugural SoCal Poker Championships (SCPC) kicked off this week at the Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, California. In a rare casino collaboration, four Los Angeles card rooms are hosting a $3,000,000 guarantee poker tournament for a mere $350 buy-in. First place is guaranteed $500,000 and a Mercedes.
Each casino will feature eight Day 1’s with two flights each day at 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for a total of 64 starting flights. From Sunday, September 18 through Sunday, September 25, the Gardens Casino will host Day 1A’s of the SCPC during its 6th Annual The Gardens Poker Classic.
Ten percent of the field of each Day 1 will be in the money and 6% will advance to Day 2. Players who advance to Day 2 will be paid $800, and if they qualify more than once, they will be paid $2,500.
The same format will be used at all four casinos.
On Monday, September 26, at 1 p.m., Day 2 gets under way at the Gardens Casino. Because the tournament is a Quantum format, there is a direct buy-in of $4,500 into Day 2 for 210,000 chips. Day 3 will be played on Tuesday, September 27, at 1 p.m.
The SCPC then moves to the Bicycle Hotel & Casino during its Big Poker Oktober. From Saturday, October 1 through Saturday, October 8. Day 1B’s will be held twice a day at 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Day 2 will be held on Sunday, October 9 at 1 p.m. with Day 3 on Monday, October 10 at 1 p.m.
The last two stops are at Hustler Casino from October 21 through 30 and at the Commerce Casino from November 5 through 14.
Players can also earn points toward a $100,000 freeroll each time they register for a Day 1 starting flight. The top 50 point leaders combined from all properties will win a spot to the freeroll scheduled for December 13.
The amount of points awarded depends on what casino the points were earned at:
• The Gardens Casino: 12 points per entry;
• The Bicycle Hotel & Casino: 10 points per entry;
• Hustler Casino: 8 points per entry;
• Commerce Casino: 6 points per entry.
Players who qualify for Day 2 earn an additional 33 points. First place pays $20,000; second pays $12,850; and third pays $8,000.
Visit socalpokerchampionships.com for the rest of the payouts and additional information. Follow @SoCalPokerChamp for the latest updates.