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3Bet: WPT L.A. Poker Classic to Run From March 2-6, 888Live Bucharest Schedule Released & Roberto Bendeck Wins WSOP Circuit Ring

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis February 9, 2019
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The World Poker Tour (WPT) recently released the dates for its oldest and possibly most prestigious event, the $10,000 WPT L.A. Poker Classic (LAPC), which is slated to run from March 2-6 at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, California.

888poker has also announced the dates for its Bucharest stop which is scheduled to be held at the Intercontinental Hotel from March 4-10 and will comprise of a total of seven events.

The 2019 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) meanwhile kicked off proceedings at its Coconut Creek stop on February 7 and the first event to declare a winner was the $400 NLHE Day-1. Besting a field of 269 entries, Roberto Bendeck claimed his career-first WSOP Circuit gold ring along with $21,749 in prize money.


Commerce Casino in California to Host WPT L.A. Poker Classic From March 2-6

The World Poker Tour (WPT) will be returning to Los Angeles, California next month for the $10,000 WPT L.A. Poker Classic (LAPC) event that is slated to run from March 2-6 at the Commerce Casino.

WPT LA Poker Classic

One of the oldest and most prestigious events on the WPT schedule, the LAPC often attracts players from all across the country. Just like the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Main Event final table, this year’s LAPC final table will also play down to a winner on March 11 at HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The LAPC has been a part of the WPT since Season I and the championship event has historically featured some of the biggest names in poker. Gus Hansen won the very first event back in 2003 for $507,000. The next year, Antonio Esfandiari took down the title for $1.4 Million. Other winners through the years include poker superstars like Michael Mizrachi, Phil Ivey, Chris Moorman, and Anthony Zinno.

The LAPC has become one of the biggest festivals in poker and preliminary events in the two-month series began January 16.

Commerce Casino tournament coordinator Justin Hammer said, “Some players keep coming back every year because it’s like a tradition, but the continued growth and success of the event comes from having a staff dedicated to creating great events, great structures, and the type of experience you won’t get anywhere else. We take a lot of pride in our product, and I think players appreciate that.”

Along with serving as WPT Executive Tour Director, Matt Savage also works as Tournament Director at the Commerce and he and Hammer take a special interest in putting together the schedule each year to bring players something fresh and different.

“Matt and I have been working together long enough that we can build off of each other’s ideas with fairly small effort,” Hammer said. “Building the schedule entails sitting down for hours at a time and trying to figure out what might work, and what won’t. New tournament ideas usually start with, ‘wouldn’t it be awesome if somebody did a tournament where …’ and then we do it.”

Last year, the LAPC celebrated its 25th anniversary and has continued to grow as poker has.

“Poker is constantly evolving, and we try to stay ahead of that,” Hammer added. “There are more events now than there were in the beginning. There are more chips and longer levels. We are now strictly big blind ante for all No Limit Hold’em events as well. One thing that has stayed the same is that Commerce puts on the best Series in L.A. by far and plans to continue doing so for years to come.”


888Live Bucharest Schedule Released

888Live Bucharest had made its debut in 2018 and it`s coming back for a second season. Starting from March 4-10, the Intercontinental Hotel will play host to the second outing of the series.

888Live Bucharest

The series will consist of a total of seven events, with the star attraction being the €888 buy-in Main Event which will run from March 6-10. With a 30,000-starting stack, big blind ante format, shot-clock, and 40-minute levels (60 for the final table), the Main Event is sure to pull in the big crowds, especially since this year’s champion which also win a World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event package that includes the $10,000 buy-in for the WSOP Main Event.

Last year, the 888Live Bucharest Main Event has attracted 469 entrants and local player Andrei Racolta outlasted them all to win €71,042 in prize money.

2018 888Live Bucharest Schedule

March 4-6Opening Event€230
Match 6-10Main Event€888
March 6Turbo Bounty€230
March 7Ladies Event€60
March 9DeepStack€330
March 9High Roller€1,700
March 10Turbo DeepStack€220


Roberto Bendeck Wins 2019 WSOPC Seminole Coconut Creek $400 NLHE 1-Day

The 2019 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) has now moved to Coconut Creek where the opening event i.e. the $400 NLHE Day-1 attracted a number of seasoned names. Cruising through a tough field of 269 entries, Roberto Bendeck took down the event for $21,749 and claimed his first-ever WSOP Circuit ring in the process.

Roberto Bendeck
Roberto Bendeck

Bendeck amassed a big stack early in the play but then had to face a couple of tough pros along the way including his heads-up opponent – Chilean native Nick Yunis. Yunis with his stack of over a million chips was the chip leader at the start of the unofficial ten-handed final table and he kept applying pressure on Bendeck. In the heads-up showdown, the duo fought hard over the lead until Bendeck clinched the title when Yunis moved all in with only to run into the former`s . The board blanked out declaring Bendeck the champion!

“My style of play lends itself to [building] chip stacks. Right before the bubble, I was pushing a lot of spots. I won some, lost some, but that’s basically how I got chips,” Bendeck said. “To be honest, at the final table, I was pretty card dead. But then the hands that I did have, they basically played themselves. It was a very tough final table,” he admitted.

A prize pool of $88,770 was generated in the event and the top 27 spots earned payouts with the min-cash worth $717. David Katz (10th for $1,617) bubbled the final table.

Two-time WSOPC ring winner Matthew Lambreck was another accomplished played on the final table and he picked up a third place finish at the event.

Final Table Results (USD)

1. Roberto Bendeck – $21,749

2. Nick Yunis – $13,438

3. Matthew Lambrecht – $9,709

4. Jermie Anderson – $7,145

5. Arkadiy Tsinis – $5,353

6. Bryan Clark – $4,079

7. Bryce Mcvay – $3,160

8. Stanislav Angelov – $2,488

9. Matthew Bretzfield – $1,990

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