WSOP circuit finally reaches L.A.
December 06, 2016 3:03 AM
by Patricia Chavira
The World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) makes its only stop in Los Angeles at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino. Beginning on Friday and running through Dec. 20, the WSOPC has a mix of events, games and buy-ins to appeal to poker pros and recreational players alike.
On Saturday night, Jerry Rojas, who works full-time as a production manager for a dairy company according to his profile on wsop.com, won his first Circuit event in the $365 bounty No-Limit Hold’em tournament. It was only the second Circuit event he played. The last one was four years ago.
Rojas outlasted a field of 171 players to win $9,320. He has no plans to play any other event in the next week or two because he has work and family commitments.
The schedule this week is filled mostly with No-Limit Hold’em events with buy-ins ranging from $365-$580. For mixed games players, on Tuesday there is a $365 Omaha 8 or Better tournament at 3 p.m. and on Wednesday a $240 P.L.E.O with Big O event with a $10,000 guarantee.
The finals of the SoCal Poker Championships (SCPC) will be held during the Circuit event.
On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the SCPC Freeroll will be held at 1 p.m. for the top 50 point leaders who qualified at the four participating Los Angeles casinos since September.
The top 5 payouts are: 1st, $20,000; 2nd, 12,850; 3rd, $8,500; 4th, $6,000 and 5th, $5,000.
On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the final day of the $3,000,000 Guarantee SCPC Championships will play down to the final table, which will take place on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m.
First place is guaranteed $500,000 plus a Mercedes Benz C Class. The SCPC Championship will be streamed to Twitch.
Players who didn’t qualify for the SCPC can still make a big score in the WSOPC Main Event starting on Saturday, Dec. 10. A second flight will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11. Both flights begin at noon and feature a $1,675 buy-in.
$150 Mega Satellites will run nightly at 8:30 through Dec. 8 for a WSOPC Main Event Seat.