Sat, Oct 19, 8:58am by Mia Chapman
The Tour Bicycle Hotel & Casino is hosting the $1,100 buy-in Card Player Poker Tour no-limit hold’em main event, which will kick off on Friday, Australian time.
This is the marquee tournament of the Bike’s Big Poker Oktober series which features $500,000 in guaranteed prize money. There are three starting flights available to choose from across October 17 to 19 at the Bell Gardens, California casino.
Players are able to utilise the Quantum Tournament format which enables them to buy directly into day 2 for $4,300 on Oct. 20. Day 2 features a single re-entry for the first two levels where players who buy-in on that day receive an average stack of 120,000 with blinds resuming at 1,000-2,000 with a big-blind ante of 2,000.
In 2018, this event drew a field of 524 total participants which created a $642,140 prize pool. Poker pro Steve Jun was victorious in the main event, receiving the trophy and the $149,733 top prize. Runner-up Duey Duong made his third final-table finish in this event in the past four years, where he placed third in 2015 and fifth in 2017.
Bike Tournament Director Mo Fathipour pioneered the Quantum Tournament format which has been a success for this event in recent years. “Players love it because the prize pool goes up and the tournament draws some professional players,” he said. “The concept is getting popular. We had it in Canada, we had it in Las Vegas, and we had it in San Diego. It’s going almost everywhere.”
The main event is the centrepiece event for the venue’s Big Poker Oktober, which is held between September 28 and October 29, according to Card Player.
The $500,000 guaranteed 2019 Card Player Poker Tour Bicycle Hotel & Casino $1,100 buy-in main event kicks off today at 11:30 a.m. with the first of three starting flights.
Come on down to @BicycleCasino this weekend to get in on the action!
— Card Player (@CardPlayerMedia) October 17, 2019
Since this festival of poker has commenced there have been daily events at the venue. Plenty of No Limit Hold Em events have filled the calendar and the has also been multiple Quantum tournaments..
The Bicycle Hotel & Casino unveiled its $50 million hotel expansion to the property in late 2015. The 117,907-square-foot addition has 99 rooms, including 29 suites, as well as a multitude of interesting features including the Bike Brewery, a full spa and an elevated outdoor pool deck with private cabanas.
The casino is located only 10 miles (16 kilometres) from Downtown Los Angeles.
The Card Player Poker Tour (CPPT) is a series of live poker tournaments organised by Card Player Media. Card Player Media publish leading poker magazine, Card Player and host poker web portal CardPlayer.com.
The CPPT series is customised according to the host venues needs and wants. With this being the case, the CPPT works with each host casino to fully customise a tournament series and if required, all the necessary floor staffing and dealers to facilitate the event.
CardPlayer.com is the world’s longest running poker magazine and online poker guide, which was incepted in 1988.
In other poker news, Wynn Casino in Las Vegas has announced details of its Wynn Classic poker festival. The Wynn Classic has been a staple on the annual Las Vegas tournament schedule in spring, summer and autumn for many years, however this will be the first time it’s hosted during the winter months. The brand new Winter Classic has a guaranteed total of $2.8 million in prize pools from December 2 and 22 and will feature a Championship Event with the biggest buy-in held at Wynn in over five years.
With plenty of poker action at present and on the horizon in the United States, there are many options for the poker enthusiast.
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