by Debbie Burkhead
The Golden Nugget is the Place to Play Poker in Downtown Las Vegas. The room hosts 13 poker tables and provides comfortable seating and plush décor. Players have their choice of games with various levels of live action from beginner’s low-limit games to no-limit action.
The tournament action is almost no-stop! A $10,000 guaranteed no-limit event is offered on Saturday at noon. The buy-in is $120 and players receive 15,000 in starting chips with 30 minute levels. Daily $65 buy-in no-limit events with one optional $40 rebuy are scheduled for 1 a.m., 4 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Players start with 4,000 in chips, receive 4,000 additional chips for a rebuy, and an extra 500 for a $5 bonus buy.
by A.C. Clark
Just east of Pendleton on I-84, a gem of a property stands alone in Eastern Oregon. Wildhorse Resort & Casino is possibly the Northwest’s finest: casino, hotel, golf course, food … this poker capital of the Pacific has it all.
Poker at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino is your source for constant action. Players can enjoy daily low buy-in tournaments, weekly player tournaments, and serious Northwest players are well aware of Wildhorse’s three annual poker tournaments: the Spring Poker Round-Up, April 12-22, the Summer Poker Rodeo, July 18-22, and the Fall Poker Round-Up, November 7-18.
The WPT Jacksonville BestBet Open, April 27-May 2, is again presenting poker’s most unique trophy. Since 18-year-olds can play poker in Florida, the “Last (under 21) Player Standing” will win a ready-to-ride (or display) custom-made surfboard. The board was produced by Atlantic Beach resident Mike Whisnant, one of the premiere shapers on the East Coast. The event has a guaranteed $1,000,000 prize pool and will be televised and streamed.
by Barbara Rogers
Living up to the hype hasn’t been easy, but Revel seems to have exceeded all expectations. Unlike anything else on the Boardwalk, the $2.4 billion resort, an ultra-contemporary curved glass and steel oceanfront complex, sets a new standard for Atlantic City.
The smoke-free resort begins welcoming guests April 2 for an eight-week preview. Revel’s official debut is May 25 - Memorial Day weekend. A progressive schedule of select restaurant openings, gaming, performance spaces, spa, daylife, and nightlife amenities, will complement the preview.
By A.C. Clark
Wow! What a busy weekend. I drove from Eastern Washington, to “the coast,” as we say on our side of the mountains, to Western Washington, to watch an All-State volleyball game—quite the honor for an already-accepted-to-college senior. I was a proud dad, as my daughter played well, and set for the winning team. Moreover, she has a great attitude and doesn’t get caught up in all the drama … most of the time.
By Patrick Labriola
As casino operators work to attract guests in a still struggling economy, it is critical for them to ensure that customers will arrive at their casino safely. Stakes are higher than ever when transporting customers, as was brought to national attention early last year when a bus returning from an overnight trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut crashed, killing 15 of its 31 passengers.
The Mohegan Sun accident resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in lawsuits, and outcomes in similar cases are becoming increasingly common.
By Barbara Rogers
Foxwoods’ Poker Classic begins March 17 and runs through April 1, with plenty of deep stack tournaments in its schedule that includes a deep stack bounty event, stud, Omaha/8, HOSE, and a six-man no-limit hold’em event that’s limited to 300 players.
On March 30 at 11a.m., the $2,500 Foxwoods Poker Classic No-Limit Hold’em Championship begins. For $2,325 + $175 a player receives 40,000 in chips and play comprises 60-minute rounds before the blinds escalate. If you saved your last issue of Poker Player you will see this schedule in its entirety. But don’t dismay. You can go online to Poker Player Newspaper back issues to view that issue in PDF format.
by Haley Hintze
EPL PARENT ANNOUNCES BANKRUPTCY PLANS
Epic Poker League’s parent company, Federated Sports & Gaming’s plans for a lengthy run suffered a severe setback when executive director Jeffrey Pollack announced they would be seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after lavish expenditures left the new operation awash in red ink. With only three events under its belt and its fourth tourney and season-ending freeroll already delayed, prospects for EPL’s survival appear dim, though not impossible. One known EPL investor, Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., allegedly entered buyout talks, while the semi-autonomous Heartland Poker Tour, a new part of the FS&G family, was expected to continue with no change in plans.
by Wendeen H. Eolis
This morning, Group Bernard Tapie Counsel Behn Dayanim spoke to Poker Player Newspaper, reconfirming his renewed “significant confidence in the prospects of completing the deal” for his client to acquire the Full Tilt brand. He notes, “It could occur before the end of the first quarter.” Dayanim makes clear, however, there are still a multitude of integrated issues that need to be buttoned up in the final stretch and it is more important now than ever to work through that process patiently.
Meanwhile, the sequence of recent events—since Dayanim’s disclosures last month of several players’ indebtedness to FTP and since PPN’s identification of substantial additional roadblocks to closing a deal— have been fast moving.
by Debbie Burkhead
Get in on the Sam’s Town $5,000 Freeroll. Play 45 hours from March 1-31 to qualify. Earn double hours between 4-6 p.m. Participants who play 45 hours during the qualifying period will receive 2,500 in starting chips. Participants who play more than 45 hours during the qualifying period will receive 500 additional chips for every five hours of extra play, with the maximum of 60 total hours played receiving an additional 1,000 chips. Double-hour play will not apply to extra chips. Sam’s monthly freeroll tournament will be held Sunday, April 8 at 1 p.m. Nine places will be paid, with first place receiving $1,400.