2018 Chicago Poker Classic Preview


The Chicago Poker Classic returns to the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana Thursday, March 1 – Monday, March 12. The series features 12 events and more than $250,000 added, including two luxury vehicles and three $10,000 WSOP Main Event seats up for grabs.

Featured Events

The opening event is the $360 No-limit Hold’em re-entry with a $500,000 guarantee. The six flights will be at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. each day Thurs., March 1 – Sat., March 3 with survivors combining on Sun., March 4 for Day 2.

The final weekend of the series comes with loads of added value. The $2,000 buy-in Main Event boasts a $1 million guarantee, with the winner taking home a new luxury car, compliments of the house. The two starting flights kick off at noon on Fri., March 9 and Sat., March 10 and Day 2 will be on Sunday.

Last year, Lance Howard put together a dominating performance to outlast a field of 651 entries in the CPC Main Event and lock up $231,237 and a seat into the $10,000 WSOP Main Event.

For players looking for crazy value for a lower buy-in, there will also be a $250 No-Limit Hold’em re-entry the same weekend guaranteeing a prize pool of at least $250,000 along with a new BMW added. This special event features the “double-qualifier bonus,” where players take their biggest stack forward to Day 2 and receive an extra $2,000 for each additional qualification, taken from the prize pool.

The chips from the bonus-qualifying stacks will be surrendered with prizes for the top three most chips forfeited paid out as follows: $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat, $6,000 cash and $4,000 cash. The event kicks off Fri., March 9 with the first of six starting flights, with two more Sat., March 10 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. and another three on Sun., March 11 at 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Be sure to make arrangements to stay to the end as the series ends with a bang on Mon., March 12 with two Turbo events, each with a $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat added. The 12 p.m. No-Limit Hold’em Mega Deepstack comes with a $360 buy-in, while you can get into the 4 p.m. Last Chance Turbo for just $250.

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Even More Value

Players also shouldn’t forget the $150 daily and nightly tournaments taking place throughout the series through March 9 with a $2,000 CPC Main Event seat added to each, as well as the 10:15 a.m. small buy-in Early Bird with a $500 buy-in chip added.

Also check out the daily promotions already running in the Horseshoe poker room. Daily tournament winners receive a bonus seat into Event #1 and from Feb. 14 – Feb. 28 in the cash game area, three drawings are taking place daily at 11:15 a.m., 5:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. where a randomly drawn table high cards for a $2,000 CPC Championship seat.

The Saturday $240 CPC Satellites also continue with the final edition on Feb. 24, where two $2,000 CPC Main Event seats are added to the prize pool. Plenty of $250 Mega Satellites for the Main Event will also be on offer during the series, in addition to two special $200 buy-in events on Wed., March 7 and Thurs., March 8 at noon with a whopping nine Main Event seats added in each.

So get your travel plans set, hotel booked and winter weather gear packed up and head to Horseshoe Hammond to get your hands on some of this amazing added value in Chicagoland.

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