L.A. Poker Classic Main Event in Full Swing

by , Feb 23, 2008 | 11:32 pm

The $10k buy-in World Poker Tour main event of the L.A. Poker Classic got underway today at Commerce Casino. The final number of entrants was 665 – less than last year but impressive nonetheless. First prize will be over $1.6 million.

Walking around the tournament tables at the beginning of the day, it was obvious that it was a stacked field with pros everywhere – Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein, Freddy Deeb, Phil Hellmuth, Huck Seed, Erik Seidel, David Benyamine, Tom Schneider, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, Gavin Griffin, Bill Edler, John Juanda… etc. Also in the field were the WPT’s own Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, both of whom are obviously now (WPT change of contract terms?) allowed to play. And the celebrity quotient was filled by Montel Williams and Rick Salomon, if the latter is considered a celeb by anyone other than the tabloids.

Side note: Daniel Negreanu was sporting an Obama ’08 shirt. That Barack guy is all the rage these days, eh?

Official live updates reveal that David Singer led the pack at the end of Day 1.

PokerListings and PokerPages are also in the media hizzouse (excuse the lame attempt at hipness – it’s late) providing updates as allowed.


2 Comments to “L.A. Poker Classic Main Event in Full Swing”


  1. DanM
    says:

    Just took a look at the chip counts, and gotta say, it’s looking to be a pretty good event — for TV and otherwise. (If only we got to see more than the final table …)

    http://liveupdates.worldpokertour.com/tournament/?x=updateschips


  2. DanM
    says:

    ***Montel Williams and Rick Salomon, if the latter is considered a celeb by anyone other than the tabloids***

    Google considers him a celeb. A more important one than Montel, in fact.