The Card Player Poker Tour (CPPT) 2015 Los Angeles will begin on September 21 at the Bicycle Casino and will end on October 25 with the Main Event at the Hollywood Park Casino.
Last year, Los Angeles poker players won a share of the enormous prize pool of $2.3 million. The event gave away $750,000 in its main events alone. This year, the event promises to be bigger than ever.
The Bicycle Series features 19 tournaments, including a $235 buy-in, $300k guaranteed NL Hold’em tournament, which will last 7 days, and a $235 buy-in, $200k guaranteed NL Hold’em tournament, which will last six days. The series will also include events such as the NL Hold’em Deepstack, H.O.R.S.E events, Omaha 8-or-better tournaments, and bounty tournaments.
The highlight of the series is a $1,100 buy-in $500k guaranteed NL Hold’em Main Event featuring the Quantum Reload Concept. Players can buy-in directly to any of the event’s three starting flights for $1,100. Alternatively, players can skip Day 1 and buy-in directly for $4,300 to Day 2. However, late entries are not accepted on Day 2 although players who bust on Day 1 are free to re-enter on Day 2.
The Hollywood Park Casino, which is hosting a CPPT tournament for the second time, promises larger prize pools this year. While CPPT 2014 had only 7 events, the CPPT of this year has 13 events. The buy-in to the Main Event has been increased to $500 and its guaranteed prize has been increased to $150,000.
A $160 buy-in NL Hold’em tournament with a guaranteed prize of $15,000 will be held on October 16, and the $500 buy-in NL Hold’em Main Event with a guaranteed prize of $150,000 will be played between October 12 and October 25.
The Main Event will have three beginning flights with blind levels of 30-minutes. Day 2 will have 40-minute levels till the finalists are determined. The final table will be played on Day 1, but the levels will be increased to 60 minutes. Players will begin with a stack of 30,000 chips and will be allowed to register or re-enter till the ninth level. The day’s game will be concluded when the field has boiled down to 10% of its original size.
In 2014, the winner and runner up of the CPPT Bicycle Casino final round were Shan Jing, who took home a prize of $135,981, and Amit Makhija, who took home a prize of $135,980, respectively.