LAPC Wraps Up & “The Big Event 2011” at the LA “BIKE” Underway


Owen_Crow_2011_LAPC_Event_40California players dominated the LAPC’s this year; however some titles did head home to other states and countries.  One of Canada’s best poker professionals, Owen Crowe from Halifax, claimed a trophy and watch in LAPC’s Event #40, a $1065 No Limit Hold’em that begins as a normal tournament, but is played as a 6-max when only 36 players remain.  Owen bagged $37,610 for the win.  Toronto’s Matt Marafioti had a nice run in $10,000 WPT No Limit Hold’em Championships, one of several World Poker Tour events held at the Commerce during the LAPC.  Finishing 17th earned Marafioti $50,340.  Almost seven hundred players competed in the 10k, generating a prize pool of $6,537,600, paying $1,654,120 to first place finisher Gregory Brooks.  Jonathan Roy of Boucherville Quebec also cashed in the event, finishing in 45th for just over $28,000.

The $3000 Event #14, 64 max-Heads Up takes place at “The Big Event” on March 8th and is followed by a $10,000, No Limit Hold’em shoot-out, Event #25 on March 10th, so hopefully some of our Canucks are in for a big pay day next week.

While many players mark their calendars for the WSOP from May-July, LA lays claim to a few massive poker series, the “Las Angeles Poker Classic “at the Commerce Casino & “The Big Event 2011” at the LA Bicycle, both which attract players worldwide beginning in late January, right through to April.  Bicycle_Casino_2011_Big_Event

With warmer weather and cash game action at almost any stakes and just under 100 combined events, find many of Canada’s traveling players taking an extended “vacation” to the south west.   Very affordable buy-ins with massive guaranteed prize pools, along with perhaps the best variety of different poker discipline events make it staple stop for those looking to build bank as the worlds tournament poker circuit builds it’s momentum for the year.  Short-handed, Heads Up, Pot Limit Omaha, Chinese,  Stud, standard 8 or better games, shoot-out, bounty, mixed games and HORSE are only part of the list of events that just are not often found elsewhere, giving a great opportunity for players to test the waters before they decide to try to make a bracelet run.

A $125 entry at the LAPC’s can see you winning $100,000 for first prize in a $300,000 guaranteed, bump it to $335 and one particular event guarantees a million in the pot.  The majority of the events at “The Big Event 2011” at the LA Bicycle, AKA “The Bike”, have buy-ins of less than $600, a fair amount under $300 and of course the staple $1000-$10,000 majors have seats open if you have the roll. The series also offers some guaranteed prize-pools and multiple entry day formats, with a healthy variety of disciplines of its own.  The event series began in late February and continues until April 4th.

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Jon Harnish
35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.


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