by Andy Clark
A big congratulations to Poker Room Manager Jeremy Maddern, assistant Penny Galloway and the entire staff, including dealers from all over the country, at Wildhorse Resort & Casino for a wonderful Summer Poker Rodeo. I observed all five days and enjoyed the daily noon tournaments ($100 buy-in and $2k added) with approximately 275 players and impressive payouts, about 8k to the winners. The blind structure allowed players to be patient and enjoy at least an hour’s play, for the most part. Saturday’s main event with 325 players ($200 buy-in and $5k added) paid almost 15k to the winner, however, all ten players at the final table agreed at 11pm to chop for 5k a piece…nice little payout for a twelve-hour-day’s work. Nice job to Maverick as the Boise players came to play along with talented players from Portland, including Jonathan Levy (poker instructor) who cashed twice (and thanks to Spencer for the poker and golf tips). Live games in the evening ran all night as I observed lots of gambling. I am definitely looking forward to this fall’s ten day Poker Round Up and a possible $1900 (w/ $100 entry fee) buy-in main event. That should make for a large payday for some talented, or lucky, player. Call the poker room for more details at 1.800.654.9453 ext. 1100.
It’s better at the beach as Chinook Winds Casino Resort is hosting the Oregon State Poker Championships this fall on October 27 – November 4, 2013. The event is an official stop of the DeepStacks Poker Tour. Already considered the premier gaming property in Oregon, Chinook Winds has a new poker room and with a $150,000 guaranteed main event, the OSPC will certainly become the premier poker event in the state. Check out their website and event structures at www.chinookwindscasino.com. Click on “casino,” then “poker.” There you will find the OSPC event logo, just click on it and buy your entries online.
Tulalip Resort Casino has three great no limit Texas hold’em tournaments scheduled. Hot August Nights on Sunday, August 26th at 11am. $250 buy-in, 30 minute rounds, top 10% paid. Players will start with 12k in chips and re-entries and alternates will be accepted during the first four rounds. In addition, there are $100 hot seat drawings. 5k will be added to Sunday’s Setember 15th 11am $100 buy-in. Players start with 6k in chips and top 10% will be paid. And, finally, on Sunday, September 29th, at 11 am, for $500 all players will receive 12k in chips to play in the Back to School Tournament. First place will also receive a seat into the Spook-tacular Tournament on October 27th. Presales for this event begins on September 1st. Contact the poker room directly at 1.360.716.1253.
Play in the Fall Festival of Poker at Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights, WA (near Spokane) from October 22 – 26. Daily morning poker tournaments start at 10:30 and daily evening tournaments begin at 7. A grand hotel is slated for summer of 2014 at Angel of the Winds Casino in Arlington, WA. A friendly group of locals play a daily $40 buy-in no limit Texas hold’em tournament at 10am and Sunday- Thursday at 6:30pm. Kathy Marsh is the knowledgeable poker room manager in charge of the spacious, clean poker room and hosts evening bounty tournaments at 6:30 every Friday and Saturday ($60 buy-in with $10 bounties for every player).
All-in tip: check out the inventory at Camping World on the east side of the interstate just off I-5 in Burlington, WA (when playing at Swinomish). As the brand new 2014s arrive, great deals are to be made on all “clearance” 2013 models (we found the perfect one). RV financing rates are still low and I recommend you ask for Roland Johnson in sales and say hi to Dave at the front desk… tell him Andy from Poker Player sent you.
Andy Clark is in charge of Poker Player’s Northwest advertising sales. He’s an accomplished high school teacher, coach and avid poker player. Father of four, he enjoys travelling with his family. You can contact him at email@example.com.