Savage To Helm An Early California State Poker Championship
April 10, 2022

Tournament Director extraordinaire Matt Savage, having recently finished running both the Bay 101 Shooting Star and the LA Poker Classic, has been tapped again, this time to take on the California State Poker Championship.

The California State Poker Championship, usually a fall event, is this year slated to begin April 30th through May 22nd, making it a perfect warm-up for the World Series of Poker which begins May 27th.  Along with the new dates and Tournament Director, other major changes to this year's Cal State Poker Championship include new H.O.R.S.E. events, a $545 double elimination heads-up tournament and a $5,100 buy-in main event.

"I'm excited to be back at Commerce Casino to provide players with great tournament structures and different games," Savage said.  "After the LAPC's huge success, we look to make the Cal State Championship even bigger and better this year.  We have raised the stakes on the opening weekend of the CSPC with a $400,000 guarantee and only a $335 buy-in. We also aim to continue the tradition of multi rebuy tournaments with a $200 event with a massive $200,000 guarantee."

The California State Poker Championship main event has not been held in the spring since 2004, when it was taken down by none other than actor and media darling Ben Affleck for $356,400, according to the popular festivals database at

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Story by Mark Anderson

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