The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in beautiful Bell Gardens, California is currently playing host to its annual Legends of Poker tournament series, centered around the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker $2,000,0000 guaranteed, $5,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event. The series is set to wrap up in early September, but more top-notch tournament poker action is just around the corner at the legendary Los Angeles area casino: the Card Player Poker Tour will return to the Bike for the Big Poker Oktober tournament series this fall. A total of 49 tournaments and satellites are set to run from Sep. 28 through Oct. 20, with $1,975,000 in guaranteed prize pools.
While the schedule is packed with fantastic events with something to offer for every poker player, the marquee event of the series is undoubtedly the $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em $500,000 guaranteed Card Player Poker Tour no-limit hold’em main event that will take place from Oct. 17-20.
The tournament will feature three starting flights, each beginning at 11:30 on Oct. 17-19. Players can also take advantage of the Quantum Tournament format and buy directly into day 2 for $4,300 on Oct. 20. Day 2 features single re-entry for the first two levels, with players who buy-in that day receiving an average stack of 120,000 with blinds resuming at 1,000-2,000 with a big-blind ante of 2,000.
Bike Tournament Director Mo Fathipour pioneered the Quantum Tournament format, which has been a hit with participants in this event in recent years. “Players love it because the prize pool goes up and the tournament draws some professional players,” said Fathipout. “The concept is getting popular. We had it in Canada, we had it in Las Vegas, and we had it in San Diego. It’s going almost everywhere.”
In 2018 this event drew a field of 524 total entries, creating a $642,140 prize pool. In the end, 34-year-old poker pro Steve Jun emerged victorious with the trophy and the $149,733 top prize. Runner-up Duey Duong made his third final-table finish in this event in four years, having placed third in 2015 and fifth in 2017.
In addition to the CPPT main event, there will be another nine events with guaranteed prize pools, including the $1,000,000 guaranteed ‘Quantum Million 3’ tournament that runs from Oct. 5-13.
The Bicycle Hotel & Casino unveiled a $50 million hotel expansion to the property late in 2015, improving on what was already one of the best places in the world to play poker. The 117,907-square-foot addition boasts 99 rooms, including 29 suites, as well as a multitude of amenities including the Bike Brewery, a full spa and an elevated outdoor pool deck with private cabanas.
For those looking to win their way into the big dance at a discount, there will be nightly juice free single-table satellites with a $330 buy-in that will each have three guaranteed CPPT main event seats to be awarded. There will also be a number of Mega Satellites in the lead-up to the main event. For a full look at the October stop check out the tour’s homepage or the listings below (click to enlarge):