Tournament action
heats up in Vegas

Jan 22, 2007 4:36 AM

We’re really starting to get into the season for full-blown poker tournaments, and I’m happy to report more of a local (Las Vegas) presence with some of them.

The major circuits such as the World Series and World Poker Tour are nice to look forward to, but it’s also nice to see some smaller though significant tournaments on the local scene.

One of them coming up is the Girls of Sinsation Poker Classic, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Imperial Palace.

The $500 buy-in, no limit Texas Hold’em event features a $100,000 first place prize, depending on the number of entrants.

Action gets underway with two flights on Saturday, and those with chips remaining come back on Sunday to play until there’s a winner.

This week, Hooters Casino Hotel will host the Heartland Poker Tour, Thursday through Monday. The event features four qualifiers with a $500 buy-in, or you can enter the main event for a $2,500 buy-in.

The main event kicks off on Sunday with the final table set for Monday.

If you’re going to be in Los Angeles, then check out the full house at Commerce Casino, January 25 to March 5, for the World Poker Tour’s L.A. Poker Classic.

The world’s largest poker room will host its six weeks of non-stop poker action with 31 different tournaments, culminating in the $10,000-buy-in World Poker Tour (WPT) main event Saturday, Feb. 24.

Commerce Casino will guarantee $2 million to the first place winner of the L.A. Poker Classic Championship event and $1 million to the runner-up.

If the action couldn’t get any hotter, the best poker-playing celebrities in the world will converge on Commerce the following weekend, March 3-5, for the fifth annual WPT Celebrity Invitational.

Until then the L.A. Poker Classic will feature a series of 31 poker events leading up the $10,000 Championship. Poker players can buy-in or win their way into individual events by entering satellite tournaments.

Among the scheduled events No Limit Hold ”˜Em, Limit Hold ”˜Em, 7-Card Stud, Omaha Hi/Low Split, 7-Card Stud Hi/Low and Turbo No Limit Hold ”˜Em 6-Handed tournaments. There’s a $50,000 bonus for the best all-around player.

This year, the schedule will also showcase Commerce Casino’s renowned L.A. Poker Classic Ladies $1,000-buy-in No Limit Hold ”˜Em event on Feb. 3, with the winner getting a seat in the WPT World Championship in April at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Most anticipated is the L.A. Poker Classic No Limit Hold ”˜Em Championship event, one of the largest on the WPT. Expect to see such poker luminaries as Daniel Negreanu, Kathy Liebert, Barry Greenstein, Doyle Brunson, Ted Forrest, Phil Hellmuth, Gus Hansen, Erick Lindgren, Chip Reiss, Cindy Violette or Phil "The Unabomber" Laak and such up-and-coming superstars like Gavin Smith, Vanessa Rousso, Patrick Antonius, Kenna James and Joe Sebok.

The anticipated prize pool will exceed $6 million with the first place winner guaranteed a $2 million payday. The winner also garners a $25,000 seat in the WPT World Championship in April at Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Buy-ins for these events can be as low as $40 via satellite. Feb. 23 is Super Satellite Day — an entire day of satellites dedicated to winning entry into the $10,000 LA Poker Classic.