NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
Commerce Guaranteed Million Dollar Tournament Starts Strong
July 20, 2021
The Commerce Casino high value experiment known simply as the Guaranteed Million Dollar Tournament, came to an end yesterday after nearly a week, when the final six entrants of a total 3,300- some the same ones from different starting days- agreed to a chop of the largest chunks of the total prize pool.

That total prize pool turned out to be exactly $1,000,000, as 3,300 registrations- and repeat registrations from the other 5 starting days- was still not quite enough to match the posted guarantee, forcing Commerce Casino to provide a $59,500 overlay for the players.

The winner of the event was Richard Bakovic of San Pedro, California, who “officially” earned $173,500 for the first place, though the six-way chop made the actual number closer to $109,000 according to tournament tweets provided by Tournament Director extraordinaire Matt Savage (@SavagePoker). 

The other six players to split the top places with Bakovic included Aaron Kweskin, Phong Nguyen, Ramzi Srour, Derek Gomez and Nathan Che- all of whom also hail from California.
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