LA Poker Classic Preview
January 21, 2022

What happens when you take a big buy-in World Poker Tour event, put it in one of the largest poker cities in the world, and sprinkle it with stars from music, television and movies? Well, that’s what we’ll find out this February when the WPT L.A. Poker Classic begins again at Los Angeles’s Commerce Casino.

Ever since the inception of the World Poker Tour, the L.A. Poker Classic has been one of the most highly anticipated events on the circuit. Winning the tournament practically makes someone an overnight legend, as proven by past winners such as Gus Hansen, Alan Goehring, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and Antonio Esfandiari.

Last year’s winner was PokerRoad’s Phil Ivey, who survived arguably the most impressive LAPC final table ever. Ivey outlasted pros Nam Le, Quinn Do, Scott Montgomery, and Phil Hellmuth Jr.

The final table finishes for the 2008 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic were as follows :


Phil Ivey




Quinn Do




Charles Moore




Nam Le




Scott Montgomery




Phil Hellmuth Jr



As impressive as last year’s Classic may have been, this year’s is shaping up to be even better thanks to the addition of a $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship (won by Scotty Nguyen) and a $10,000 Heads-Up Championship (to go along with the celebrity heavy WPT Invitational).

2009’s L.A. Classic will also benefit from the addition of Tournament Director extraordinaire Matt Savage, who has tweaked the blind structures, as well as the Classic itself, to insure maximum bang for the visiting player’s buck.

This year’s WPT L.A. Poker Classic main event has a $10,000 buy-in ($9,600 + $300 + $100) and will start the players off with 20,000 in tournament chips. The blinds will begin at 25/50 with 90-minute levels and tables will be nine-handed until the final ten.

This popular tournament is a PokerRoad favorite and already quite a few members of the family have gone deep in this year’s preliminary events, including Barry Greenstein, Amit Makhija and “Rappin’” Jeff Madsen; who outdid “The Bear’s” runner-up finish in Event #20 ($62,367) with a first place finish in Event #24 ($107,593) and a third place in the H.O.R.S.E. Championship ($121,323)

The excitement building up to the LAPC big buy-in events (that begin on February 16th) is palpable, and PokerRoad is there to share that energy with its fans and friends, through PokerRoad Radio, news, blogs and videos, straight from the World’s largest card room.

Event Preview by Mark Anderson

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