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   Saturday, March 02 2024 
Commerce Casino Million Dollar: Victory of Aaron Motoyama

For the second consecutive year, the Commerce Casino Million Dollar poker tournament was organized and the event took place from June 20 to 26. Participants was composed of amateur and professional players from different countries who competed on No Limit Hold'em tables available for a buy-in of $ 335. Last year, the tournament attracted 3,300 players and the retired fisherman from San Pedro, Rick Bakovic, won the victory. In this 2011 edition, the coronation returned to a pro of cash game, regular of the poker room of Commerce casino. Indeed, Aaron Motoyama was elected champion of the Million Dollar Tournament second edition after a deal of the 9 finalists. Note that he started the final table as chip leader. Holder of the largest stack of 2.3 million chips, he richly deserved the title because throughout the competition, he revealed his talent to play poker, which allowed him to amass a as wide stack.

Aaron Motoyama told he just tried to carry out his game and, it was his lucky day. He also admitted that this is the biggest win of his career because it earned him a reward of $ 146,870. Nghia Tran, a native of Riverside won the second prize of $ 106,255, Mike Dollins from Long Beach got the third prize of $ 85,825, the Spanish Laura Cantero was awarded the fourth place with a prize of $ 84,660 and Johnny Ngo of Orange County took the fifth prize of $ 70,105.

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