September 14, 2010
Commerce Casino continues to achieve new heights in providing huge returns for low buy in-tournament players. A record first prize payout of $100,000 was to be awarded to the last player standing in the $120-buy-in Turbo No Limit Hold'em event Sunday night in the casino's three-week-long Hold'em Series. Rudy Fulson of Los Angeles topped the field of 3,030 players.
After searching records it was discovered that the $300,000 guaranteed prize pool and the $100,000 guaranteed first prize were the largest payouts ever awarded for a $100 or $120 buy-in casino poker tournament. The tournament allowed players to enter or re-enter over six starting sessions.
Fulson, a full-time plumber and part-time poker player, learned to play poker from his uncle, tried a few tournaments, was successful and has never looked back. "I don't look around at other people's stacks to see where I am in the tournament," said Fulson. "I concentrate on my table and try to be dominant. I'm a winner and I won't settle for anything less."
Given the slow times for service professionals like plumbers, Fulson acknowledged, "I thank God for this win." Asked what he would do with his winnings, he joked, "I have a big family at home and they know that I won, so when I get home they are gonna have their hands out!"
"Commerce Casino continues to provide the biggest guarantees in the world for small buy-in tournaments catering to our local players and a few fortunate out-of-towners," said Tournament Director Matt Savage. "Due to the enormous success of this event, we have another one slated for Commerce's L.A. Open, which extends from Nov. 3 to Nov. 21."
The current Hold'em Series underway offers $1.2 million in guarantees and continues until Sept. 19.
Still to come are:
September 14 (5 p.m.) -- If you thought the $100 bounty was nice, try a $500 bounty! This Knockout event has a $1,575 buy-in, and the winner gets a $2,085 seat in the Main Event.
September 14 (2 p.m.) -- With double starting stacks, this $220 event has a $50,000 guarantee
September 15 (5 p.m.) -- Call it tough-guy poker! The $1,100 buy-in Ironman Tournament has NO scheduled breaks. Prepare for hours of focus without relief! However, three meals will be served at the table and Commerce has added $10,000 to the prize pool. 50% of the total is paid to first place, and no deals are allowed.
September 13 (5 p.m.) -- This No Limit/Pot Limit combo features a $1,065 buy-in.
September 17 (2 p.m.) -- The $2,580 No Limit Hold'em Main Event takes center stage on Sept 17, but Supersatellites with $100 rebuys begin September 1 at 7 p.m. and conclude on Sept. 15. MegaSatellites are slated all day Sept. 16 -- at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Player Appreciation Tournament
September 19 (5 p.m.) -- Anyone who displays three receipts from Commerce Hold'em Series events can buy into this $10,000 added event for a mere $20!
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