The Los Angeles Poker Classic is finally done and over with after a month long of small buy-in tournaments all the way to the big buy-in tournaments which were the heads up tournament, the H.O.R.S.E tournament and the Los Angeles Poker Classic Main Event. The main event was a six day event which saw a total number of 696 players pay the required entry fee of $10,000 and it was a tough field for all of the players that played. The 2008 champion of the Los Angeles Poker Classic was Phil Ivey when he finally broke through his WPT winless streak to beat out a final table which saw Phil Hellmuth, Scott Montgomery and Nam Le. However in 2009 Phil Ivey was unable to do a repeat performance and take down a win. In fact it was Cornel Cimpan who took down the 2009 Los Angeles Poker Classic after beating out a final table which saw the dangerous Chris “Jesus” Ferguson and also after overcoming a 3/1 chip deficit during heads up play.
The H.O.R.S.E and Heads Up tournaments didn’t see as many entries but they did see a field littered with well established professionals with little amateurs taking their shots at the prize. For the H.O.R.S.E tournament there was a total of 96 players that entered the tournament and in the end three of the remaining players in the tournament are some of the top professionals in the game. The last three remaining players where David “Chino” Rheem, Jeff Madsen and Scotty Nguyen who in 2008 won the World Series Of Poker H.O.R.S.E event. Well in the end it saw Scotty Nguyen take down yet another H.O.R.S.E event when he and Chino Rheem made a deal which gave the tournament to Scotty in the end.
In the Heads Up tournament it saw a total of 111 players sign up which most of them were once again established professionals in the poker world and this year the tournament was set up as a bracket tournament and the tournament was also a double elimination tournament. However in the end it saw WPT Champion Vivek Rajkumar beat out every single opponent he went up against and take down the $350,000 first place prize.