LA Poker Classic on schedule, but the WPT won’t be part of it
By Bob Garcia
Poker tournaments are coming back to life following the COVID-19 suspension
March seems to be an exciting month for all those poker fans since one of the most prestigious live tournaments will take place very soon. Different from past occasions, the World Poker Tour (WPT) won’t be affiliated with the 200 LA Poker Classic (LAPC), and the series won’t last throughout the month. It is clear that this would be a strange thing for many poker fans, as it presents changes that mark a great contrast with last year; however, there’s nothing to worry about as the $10,000 Main Event is still on.
The LAPC tournament started last year, taking place at Commerce Casino in LA, and the final table was scheduled to be on March 2. The Luxor on the Las Vegas Strip was supposed to be the venue for that final table on April 2, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everything was postponed. There is still no exact date announced by the WPT for the completion of this tournament; each of the remaining six players was paid the amount of money corresponding to sixth place, which equals $185,330. However, they are still waiting to take home the final prize for the champion, $1,015,000.
At the moment, Balakrishna Patur is leading the table, followed by two former WPT winners, James Carrol and Matas Cimbolas. A representative for the WPT said, “WPT and Commerce Casino hope to partner again in the future and we look forward to crowning the Season 18 champion in Las Vegas this May.” The good news is that there’s no need to wait more than two months to find out who will be the champion.