The Commerce Casino was looking for something to host in order to allow its fall schedule to not go underutilized. When the California State Poker Championship moved up to May in this Los Angeles-based casino, it left the fall schedule at the Commerce Casino wide open. Since the Commerce Casino is the employer of legendary tournament director Matt Savage, one had an inkling right from the very start that something exciting was being planned in order to make up for the gap in the events schedule that the Commerce had been dealing with.
The end result was the Commerce Casino Hold ‘Em Series. This innovative new tournament series will start on September 10th and end on September 25th. In between, a number of tournaments will be run; sixteen in total. What is interesting about this series however is not so much the fact that there are tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $220 all the way up to $2500 for the final championship event, but rather the fact that a number of innovative new formats will be tried out during the series. Two in particular demand closer attention.
The first is the $220 No Limit Hold ‘Em Tournament. This tournament will take place over the course of four days and will have a guaranteed prize pool of at least $500,000. There are going to be three day ones in the tournament and a final day in which all of the remaining survivors from the first three days of action will sit down in the same room and then duke it out for their share of the prize pool.
What makes this tournament so interesting is the fact that it is a partial re-buy tournament. Normal re-buy rules do not apply, but a player knocked out on Day 1A does have the option to buy-in on Day 1B for a second shot at the prize pool. That same player can also buy-in a third time on Day 1C if they wish. Similarly, players knocked out on Day 1B can buy-in a second time on Day 1C.
In addition to this, the series will also have an Ironman tournament. There are no breaks and no deals allowed at the final table. If you want to see poker survival at its most raw, this is definitely the tournament to check out.