Poker elite to play 2009 WPT LAPC

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey will be on hand to defend his title at the upcoming 2009 WPT LAPC.

The 2009 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic is quickly shaping up to be one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year.

Already scheduled to play in the event are Daniel Negreanu, Allen Cunningham, Erik Seidel, Todd Brunson, Antonio Esfandiari, Howard Lederer, Jennifer Harman, John Juanda, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Joe Hachem, Scotty Nguyen and many other high-caliber poker players.

Together the players have a combined three World Series of Poker Main Event victories, 37 World Series bracelets, seven World Poker Tour victories, one European World Series of Poker victory and hundreds of millions of dollars in winnings.

In addition, there will be hundreds of amateur players attempting to steal the spotlight at the showcase poker tournament.

"The L.A. Poker Classic is a proving ground for those who are ready for the spotlight," said LAPC tournament director Matt Savage.

"All you have to do is look at past winners Antonio 'The Magician' Esfandiari and Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi. For every Phil Ivey that wins the LAPC, there's another up-and-comer who starts his legacy here."

Also of interest for high-stakes poker players is the fact that the Commerce Casino will be hosting both a $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event and a $10,000 Heads-up event for the first time ever.

The fabled $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship event returns as well. As usual there will also be some of the highest-stakes cash games around on offer.

Last year Phil Ivey outlasted 664 players and beat a final table that included Quinn Do, Scott Montgomery and Phil Hellmuth to take down the LAPC crown.

The L.A. Poker Classic spans Jan. 22 - March 2, with millions of dollars up for grabs. It is usually the largest stop on the WPT, and this year looks to be no different. Be sure to get some practice time in for the event on new sponsor Full Tilt Poker.


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