By Barbara Rogers
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Delaware scored their own touchdown during Super Bowl weekend. I told one of my poker buddies, Jeff Mazza: “watch, the bad beat, it will go this weekend.” Sure enough, it did! It was over one hundred thousand, and it goes often at Dover Downs. This time it is more interesting than most, well worth mentioning. One player had pocket kings, one had pocket aces. The flop brought brought the bad beat with AKK which was quad kings vs. aces full of kings, the minimal qualifier. The aces full hand WAS winning $55K and the quad kings were getting $27K... (drum roll here). The river brought the last ace and the positions were reversed! The quad kings went from the best hand to second best hand.... what a whammy! This cost the pocket aces $27K. I rode the elevator with the guy while he was lamenting what he had won and lost, and he kept reminding himself to be grateful for what he did get.
by Debbie Burkhead
This isn’t just any poker tournament! The excitement of the Wynn Classic poker tournament returns February 28 through March 2. The 22-day series begins with a $550 buy-in opening event which guarantees a $250,000 prize pool. The tournament culminates with the Main Event on March 17. This year, the prize pool for the Main Event is expected to exceed $1,000,000. Buy-ins range from $300 to $5,180. All tournaments begin at 12 pm and are re-entry events. All events are two day events except the championship event is a four day event.
“We’ve hosted The Wynn Classic for seven years and its reputation continues to grow and attract more players from around the world,” said Joe Vigurs Director of Poker Operations at Wynn Las Vegas. “We offer a competitive rake structure and guaranteed prize pools, making the Wynn Classic one of the most highly anticipated poker tournaments in Las Vegas.”
Located in the Forbes Five-Star rated Wynn Las Vegas, The poker room features 26 tables and variety of games and limits to suit all levels of play, including daily tournaments. Players can enjoy traditional games in a comfortable setting and dine without leaving their seats. Power stations and outlets are conveniently located at all tables. For a complete listing of events see the Wynn ad in this issue of Poker Player Newspaper [PDF] or Wynn Poker Room.
By Debbie Burkhead
The first of four Deep Stack Extravaganzas for 2013 began on January 31 with 733 players vying for a 1st place win of $54,827. Jason Lee of Hobe Sound, FL took home the cash and a handsome trophy. This event is known for drawing a mix of players, including tourists, locals, professionals, and amateurs. The event runs through February 27, so there’s still plenty of time to get in on the action. Players can choose from four start times on most days: 11 am, 12 pm, 3 pm and 7 pm with buy-ins ranging from $200-$2,500.
John Colville, Poker Manager at the Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, reports the signing of another contract with Poker Player newspaper to sponsor their second annual tournament, the 2013 Poker Player of the Year. The event will be held on July 4th, Independence Day, at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas. The total Buy-in and Entry fee is to be $600, with no re-buys. Seating is limited to 600 players, so early sign-up (to guarantee your seat) is recommended. The event is scheduled before the main event of the WSOP begins, so a large number of poker tournament players will be in town. Last year’s event was won by John Parker of Auckland, New Zealand. Satellites are expected to be held for this event at the properties of various Poker Player advertisers, on dates leading up to the event. A schedule will be published in Poker Player newspaper as it develops.
The Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) regional qualifying tournament at the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas has concluded and the top two finishers from the Main Event – Las Vegans, Visnja Luetic and Romeo Samblero—will be returning to the M Resort later this year to compete in the $500,000 guaranteed HPO Championship on June 28-30.
Luetic and Samblero chopped the pot and earned $12,170 each, along with a $2,500 seat at the championship. Results from the three M Resort regional qualifying events follow:
The next HPO regional qualifying tournament will be held March 21 – April 4 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races (West Virginia) followed by the regional qualifying tournament at Hollywood St.
Louis on April 4 – 14. 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.