The annual Chicago Poker Classic returns to the Horseshoe Hammond on March 2 with 12 days of poker action. In last year’s series, over $3,199,604 was paid out, including an added four seats to the WSOP Main Event and a 2016 Mustang GT. The Horseshoe poker room is raising the stakes this year with over $300,000 added, including nine $10,000 seats to the WSOP Main Event at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this summer.
The CPC schedule kicks off on Thursday, March 2 with Event #1: $360 buyin No-Limit Hold’em, which boasts six starting flights across three days along with six $2,000 CPC Main Event seats added to the prizepool.
Event #11 is the CPC Main Event, which begins Friday, March 10. The entry fee is $2,000 and three WSOP Main Event seats worth $10,000 each will be added to sweeten up the prizepool. Last year, this event drew 736 entries for a total prizepool of $1,307,136. With the extra money added this year, it is sure to draw a comparable crowd. William Luciano (pictured above) won the Main Event for $254,892, after qualifying for just $240 in a satellite tournament.
Event #12 is a $250 buyin No-Limit Hold’em tournament with five starting flights, two on Friday, March 10, and three on Saturday, March 11. In this event, entrants may play in multiple flights. Players who qualify in more than one flight will surrender their smaller stack(s) and take their biggest stack to Day 2. There will be a $2,000 double qualifier bonus for those who bag up more than once, with extra bonus dollars for those who surrender the top three most chips. An additional $50,000 will be added to this prize pool, including four $10,000 WSOP Main Event seats.
The last two tournaments, Events #13 and #14, are both one-day No-Limit Hold’em events to be held on Monday, March 13 with a $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat added to each prizepool.
Be sure to follow The Official Blog of the Chicago Poker Classic here throughout the series for updates.