The first of five qualifying events for the Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) has concluded, and eight event winners and five mega satellite winners are advancing to the $500,000 guaranteed HPO Championship at the M Resort in Las Vegas on June 28-30. The winners topped competitors at the Hollywood Casi Lawrenceburg qualifying tournament held . 8-18. Each received a $2,500 seat at the championship and $1,500 in travel expenses.
The next HPO qualifying tournament will be held Jan. 25-27 at the M Resort in Las Vegas where a $70,000 prize pool is guaranteed over the threeday event. Additional qualifiers in 2013 will be held at Hollywood Casi at Charles Town Races (West Virginia), Hollywood Casi St. Louis (Missouri) and Hollywood Casi Columbus (Ohio). Tournament dates will be an nced shortly. Poker players can enter the HPO Championship with a $2,500 buy-in or by qualifying through a regional event or local promotion such as a satellite or drawing.
Cary Marshall, from King Salmon, Alaska won the $1,675 buy-in Main Event Championship. The victory paid $139,260. Marshall collected his first WSOP Circuit gold ring as the symbol of victory. He will also play as an automatic qualifier in the season-ending National Championship. Marshall is a 62-year-old professional poker player. He’s previously enjoyed success both online and live, with several big cashes, including two deep runs last year at the WSOP in Las Vegas (13th and 15th). No doubt, Marshall understands the ups and downs of the game.
By: Wendeen H. Eolis
After two years of silence in the case of the Town of Mount Pleasant v. Chimento, the South Carolina Supreme Court finally reached a decision. On November 21, 2012, the Court found a group of poker players (who had convened regularly in an un-raked low stakes home-game) as violating South Carolina law.
S.C. Supreme Court Reaches Clever Ruling
The state’s highest court reinstated the trial court’s convictions of the players. The State’s intermediate Appellate Court had reversed the trial court—in one of the most notable cases of its kind for its favorable disposition toward poker as a game exempt from anti-gambling laws because of the predominance of skill applied.