by Debbie Burkhead
Looking for a Fun Night? Join me, Karina, and Chip Jett, along with other poker pros and celebrities, Jason Alexander and Ray Romano, for a Celebrity Poker Tournament benefitting the Maximum Hope Foundation, hosted by Brad Garrett. The event is scheduled for noon on September 22 in the MGM poker room. The entry fee is $250 with $110 rebuys and add-ons, and the winner will receive $10,000. If you just want to come and mingle with the celebrities and poker pros, the non-player entry is $75. The night will include complimentary food and drinks, raffles, and auction items. The Maximum Hope Foundation is dedicated to providing practical assistance to families caring for a child with a lifelimiting illness. Please stop by or call the MGM poker room at 702-891-7777.
2012 Central Coast Fall Poker Classic. The Chumash Casino is guaranteeing a $75,000 prize pool for this no-limit event. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 am on Saturday, October 27. The entry fee is $180 if purchased before October 15, and $200 after the 15th up until the event. Entrants will receive a $15 coupon toward live play that will be good M-F of the following week. Players will start with 10,000 in tournament chips. The first level will be one hour, and will then revert to 30 minute levels. Alternates will be allowed until the end of the first level.
Battle of the Sexes! Friday nights are reserved for a $35 ladies no-limit event versus a $35 men’s no-limit event. When there are only five women and five men left in each event, they will combine the two for one final table. The Chumash is adding $200 to the event, and each entrant will receive a $15 coupon toward live play good for the entire week. If a woman wins the event, each woman at the final table gets an additional $20, and the same goes if a man wins the event. For more information on poker at the Chumash see their ad in this issue of Poker Player Newspaper.
Pechanga Poker Jackpot Strikes at $243,657! California’s largest poker jackpot struck at approximately 5 pm on September 6, and has paid out nearly a quarter million dollars on a bad beat bet, netting the loser of the hand, Ly Ang Tong, $73,124.00, when his quad 3’s were beaten by Judy Court’s quad 9’s. Every player in the room in a live hold’em game got their cut as well, leaving 123 guests walking away with $396.00 each.
Ly Ang got 30 percent of the jackpot with the losing hand of 9-3-3-3-3, while Judy got 20 percent or $48,708.00, with the winning hand of 9-9- 9-9-6. The other seven players at the table share 30 percent, netting them $10,442.00 each. The jackpot set the record for biggest jackpot at the Pechanga poker room and was, far and away, the largest in all of California. The jackpot immediately reset to $110,000.00, making it remain the largest poker jackpot in the state.
“All summer long, Pechanga poker players have been packing the house to chase this jackpot,” said poker room manager, Richie Lopez. “Although it only took beating a four-of-a-kind, the jackpot just kept getting bigger and bigger, as no one could trigger it.”
Debbie Burkhead is a long time poker player, writer, National Sales Director for Poker Player Newspaper and President of Poker Player Cruises. You may contact Debbie at PokerMs@aol.com.