WPT Lands in L.A.

December 1, 2007 |

The way we looked at Los Angeles in 1949.

If you love poker and you just happen to be in Los Angeles this coming February then make sure you head to the Los Angeles suburb of Commerce where the Commerce Casino will be hosting two great tournaments.

The $10,000 buy-in L.A. Poker Classic event will take place from the 23rd until the 28th of February. Last year a record 791 players took part and Eric Hershler, a lawyer residing in Los Angeles shocked everyone by defeating pro JC Tran. With a prize pool of $7.5 million the winner took home a massive $2.4 million.

It’s no wonder that the attendance record was broken at the Commerce Casino. With 240 tables on site, Commerce Casino is the largest card room in the world.

Commerce Casino is also home of the WPT Celebrity Invitational set to run from the 1st until the 3rd of March. This is an event that attracts actors and actresses from nearby Hollywood who are passionate about poker.

Celebrities in previous years have included Dean Cain, Lolita Davidovich, James Woods, Stephen Collins, Ray Romano, Don Cheadle, David Sutcliff and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Last year a crowd of 420 participants took to the tables for the $100,000 first prize. Finally, it was Adam Weinraub the owner of a company that manufactures products for the security industry from Orange Country that overcame the rest of the field to take home first place.

While in Los Angeles make sure you try the diverse cuisine on offer. If you are on a budget you should head to Santa Monica and Hollywood or if you prefer something upscale then try Beverley Hills or Downtown.

The traffic in Los Angeles is a nightmare and forget about walking. LA is huge. Booking a taxi in advance is recommended or you can try the bus or Metro service.

If you thought Los Angeles was just a stop over for gamblers on their way to Las Vegas think again. With its own unique and reputable gambling scene it could soon rival Las Vegas.

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