2006 LA Poker Classic
2006, Jason Kirk  

Tunica is undeniably the home of poker in January, but once all the dust settles and the World Poker Open and WSOP Circuit crown their champions there will be only one poker destination for the month of February. That destination is Commerce Casino in Commerce, California, home of the venerable LA Poker Classic.

The LAPC is the flagship event of the world's largest poker room, a cavernous building featuring over 200 poker tables and almost every game of poker known to mankind. In its many years of operation, the LAPC has become a player favorite. The variety of games available is one of the best at any tournament in the world, and this year several new events have been added. There's a Ladies Event for the the first time at this year's LAPC, as well as a Tag-Team tournament where two players trade out every tme the blinds go up. In addition to the long list of events played throughout the tournament's duration, there is a $50,000 prize for the Best All-Around Player over the entire month's worth of tournaments. In the past that honor has been claimed by players such as Chip Jett, Ted Forrest, and Daniel Negreanu.

This year's main event is expected to draw over 600 players. That means a $6 million prize pool, with $2 million guaranteed to 1st place and $1 million to 2nd. The last two champions, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari, are two of the highest-profile young players around today - it remains to be seen whether another young player will claim this year's crown, or whether a veteran player will step up. As always, the World Poker Tour film crew will be on hand for the final table, and the coverage will be aired as part of the WPT's Season 4, beginning in March.

At the conclusion of the championship event, the LAPC will continue to run for three more days as it plays host to the WPT Invitational. This popular tournament pits 200 world-class professional poker players against 50 television and sports celebrities. The $200,000 prize pool is provided entirely by Commerce Casino, and the celebrities are competing for a $25,000 seat in the WPT Championship at Bellagio as well as $10,000 for charity. Celebrities who have played in the WPT Invitational in the past include James Woods, Ben Affleck, Tobey Maguire, Ray Romano, Don Cheadle, Ron Livingston, Mimi Rogers, Stephen Collins, Ed Asner, Jennifer Tilly, Jon Favreau, Sharon Lawrence, David Sutcliff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Norm McDonald, Dean Cain, Camryn Manheim, Jennifer Tilly, Sara Rue, Richard Karn, Willie Garson, Krista Allen and Lolita Davidovich.

The complete tournament schedule for the 2006 LA Poker Classic is as follows. Unless otherwise specified, all tournaments are freezeout format.

Jan 19th No-Limit Hold'em $300+$30
Jan 20th Limit Hold'em $300+$30
Jan 21th $250,000 Guaranteed No-Limit Hold'em w/Rebuys $300+$30
Jan 22h Omaha Hi-Lo $500+$40
Jan 23th Seven Card Stud $500+$40
Jan 24th No-Limit Hold'em (one rebuy) $500+$40
Jan 25th No-Limit Hold'em Shootout $500+$40
Jan 26th No-Limit Hold'em $500+$40
Jan 27th Limit Hold'em $1,000+$60
Jan 28th Ladies No-Limit Hold'em $500+$40
Jan 29th Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo $1,000+$60
Jan 30th No-Limit Hold'em $1,000+$60
Jan 31th Omaha Hi-Lo $1,000+$60
Feb 1st Seven Card Stud $1,000+$60
Feb 2nd No-Limit Hold'em $1,000+$60
Feb 3rd Limit Hold'em $1,000+$60
Feb 4th $250,000 Guaranteed No-Limit Hold'em w/rebuys $300+$30
Feb 5th No-Limit Hold'em Shootout $1,000+$60
Feb 6th No-Limit Hold'em $1,500+$80
Feb 7th Pot-Limit Hold'em $1,500+$80
Feb 8th No-Limit Hold'em $1,500+$80
Feb 9th Limit Hold'em $2,500+$90
Feb 10th No-Limit Hold'em $2,500+$90
Feb 11th $1,000,000 Guaranteed Limit Hold'em w/Rebuys $1,500+$80
Feb 12th No-Limit Hold'em Shootout $500+$40
Feb 13th No-Limit Hold'em $500+$40
Feb 14th No-Limit Hold'em Tag Team w/Rebuys $500+$40
Feb 15th No-Limit Hold'em Super Satellites $1,000+$20
Feb 16 to    
Feb 21st No-Limit Hold'em Championship $9,900+$100


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