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Feb 3, 2004 12:41 AM

The results of Commerce Casino’s recent quarterly pan tournament include a $10,000 first place win for Betty Riff. Other top finishers were Dennis Brandt, who placed second, and third place winner Fred Wolf. Held January 20-21, the two-day event posted a $200 entry fee, which included $25 in tournament chips and complimentary buffets for all participants on both days.

Although it is scheduled to air on the Travel Channel at a later date, the 2004 L.A. Poker Classic’s $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship final table will be dealt and won before World Poker Tour cameras and a live audience on February 24 at 5:30 p.m.

The championship event will be followed by the 2004 WPT Celebrity Invitational, which will be filmed at Commerce Casino on February 25-26. Commerce Casino’s annual L.A. Poker Classic will take place through February 24. Competition began last Thursday.

The Classic’s first event, the $500 buy-in Seven Card Stud tournament, was won by Chris Grigorian, who took first place prize money of $32,760 away from 159 other contestants.

Following were Jaime Perez in second and Herman Milgran in third place. Las Vegan John Robertson took seventh place.

The next event, the $300 buy-in No Limit Hold ”˜em game, attracted 678 contestants plus 745 rebuys. Sirous Baghchehsaraie outlasted everyone to take the $182,480 top prize, with John Phan grabbing second place for $96,600 and Kevin Song winning third place, $48,300.

Incidentally, Commerce Casino has increased the accessibility of the L.A. Poker Classic/WPT $1 million guaranteed No Limit Hold’em Championship event through a series of satellites that land winning players in a free seat at the WPT filmed event.

Phase one of satellite series includes $120 buy-in one-table satellites every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, and 8 pm. In phase two, winners of the $120 satellites receive entries into $1,060 satellites that run through February 20. Players who win the $1,060 satellites are awarded a free entry into the $10,000 buy-in World Poker Tour No Limit Hold’em Championship. The WPT championship event is scheduled for February 21-24.