By Barbara Rogers
MARYLAND LIVE! is ready to launch its first big poker tournament. With 9 events over 14 days and $1 Million Dollars in cash prizes, the excitement just got as hot as the action at the cash tables. The first $1 Million Live Poker Classic plays out from March 10-24th. Kick off is March 10th, a $225,000 guaranteed pay-out with a $550 buyin, making it a nice R.O.I. first draw of the event. The grand finale, March 21-24th, guarantees a $400,000 payout with a $3,500 buy-in. With a whole lot of play in between, as follows: $150 Double Green Chip Bounty with a $20,000 guarantee prize money, a $1,100 NLH, $100,000 guaranteed, a $550 NLH Freezeout with $75,000 guaranteed, a $1,600 Purple Chip Bounty, with a big $100,000 guarantee, a $350 Black Chip Bounty PLO that guarantees $10,000, the $1,100 Six Man Max NLH guarantees $50,000, and the $150 Double Green Chip Bounty will guarantee $20,000. All in prize money. All waiting for you and me.
I asked a busy man, Mike Smith, Director of Poker Operations for Maryland Live! a couple questions.
Barbara Rogers: Mike, I heard the players have been wanting you to put on a tournament of this magnitude. Are they pumped for it? And your regulars must realize they will be sharing space with players from across the country
Mike Smith: Yes, the players have been asking when, so we thought we’d have a go at it. It’s a little far out still, but most of the responses have been positive, although they’re not sure how we’re going to pull it off.
BR: Will you still play the same amount of cash tables as usual during the entire event?”
MS: With early start times (10:15) most days, we hope to have minimal impact on our cash games.
BR: Where are you going to put everybody, Mike?
MS: Our plan is to limit seating to 30 tables max for the start of the early events, leaving us 22 live games at 10:15, so we think we will be ok. There will be some challenges a couple of the days.
Mike promises room rates for the local hotels will be listed in the tournament books that should be out soon. Maryland Live! is located in Hanover, MD, only 4 miles from Baltimore-Washington International airport. Here’s the number — 443-842-7000. Fifty-two tables will be filled with plenty of cash action, too.
Visit Maryland Live! for more information on the Maryland Live! $1 Million Live! Poker Classic running March 10-24th.