How to play the 2021 L.A. Poker Classic

Geoff Fisk
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Posted on 03/07/2021

Commerce Casino hosts the festival from March 12-21

California’s first major tournament festival in more than a year kicks off in Los Angeles this week. The L.A. Poker Classic emanates from Commerce Casino March 12-21, marking the return of large-scale tournament poker in the Golden State.

The long-running festival doesn’t include its usual tie-in to the World Poker Tour this year. The 2020 L.A. Poker Classic featured a $10,000 WPT Main Event which still hasn’t finished, as COVID-19 fallout forced the postponement of the final table.

While the poker world still awaits the crowning of the 2020 L.A. Poker Classic Main Event champ, this year’s edition of the event begins anew. Here’s a look at notable tournaments and registration details for the 2021 chapter of the L.A. Poker Classic.

2021 L.A. Poker Classic schedule*

TournamentBuy-inDate and start time
#1 NLH Kickoff Event$350March 12, 1 pm
#2 $570 NLH$570March 13, 1 pm
#3 $350 NLH$350March 14, 1 pm
#4 $240 NLH$240March 15, 4 pm
#5 $570 NLH$570March 16, 4 pm
#6 $1,100 NLH$1,100March 17, 4 pm
#7 Main Event Mega Satellite$1,100March 17, 4 pm
#8 LAPC Main Event$10,000March 19-21 (starts March 19 at 1 pm)
#9 $550 NLH Sendoff Event$550March 21, 1pm
*All times PST

Series highlights and registration details

Most of the events on the L.A. Poker Classic slate offer affordable buy-ins, with the $10,000 Main Event playing as the highest-stakes tournament on the schedule by far. Aside from the Main Event, all tournaments play as one-day events.

The $10,000 LAPC Main Event plays as the only multiple-day event on the schedule. The Main Event kicks off on Friday, March 19, and finishes up on Sunday, March 21.

Late registration is available for the Main Event up until the start of Level 11, at approximately 4 pm PST on Saturday, March 20.

Registration for all L.A. Poker Classic tournaments must be conducted on-site at Commerce Casino. The casino is located just off Interstate 5 in Commerce, California, close to downtown Los Angeles.

The Crowne Plaza Commerce Casino, the casino’s on-site hotel, is currently closed. Several other hotel options are open in the surrounding areas, however, including several other Crowne Plaza properties.

Visit the Commerce Casino official website for more information on the L.A. Poker Classic schedule and tournament structures.

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