by A. C. Clark
So you live in Vancouver B.C. (or are traveling on business…or pleasure) and want to play some poker? Take my advice and drive south on I-5 to the Anacortes exit (Highway 20) to experience the Swinomish Casino and now Lodge (more to come later about this extraordinary new property). Enjoy unparalleled Las Vegas style casino action and personal service from the most rewarding Player’s Club in the Pacific Northwest. Ideal for entertainment, weddings, meetings, and dining – two local favorites are the Two Salmon Café (full menu and buffet) and, for a more fine dining experience, 13moons offers outside seating with a spectacular view of Padilla Bay, Mt. Baker, Swinomish Channel, and the San Juan Islands. Fish is a must with hand-cut Alder wood grilled seafood, and don’t pass on the dessert, my favorite… best sundae ever! The poker room is small, but quaint, and conveniently located in the non-smoking section. Current action includes inexpensive ($20-$30 buy-ins and no re-buys) tournaments at 12:15 and 7:00 pm. In addition, play live to participate in the Poker Olympics, where players qualify through tracked-action with the top 50 players qualifying to buy into a $10,000 added Poker Tournament on September 9th at 3:00 pm.
Call toll free at 1.888.288.8883, or the poker room direct at 360.299.1647. Be sure to check out their website at www.swinomishcasinoandlodge.com
Back to I-5 and south twenty minutes is the Angel of the Winds Casino… a surprisingly large poker room with friendly dealers. They’ve just celebrated their 23rd Annual Stillaguamish Festival of the River and Pow Wow, but there is plenty of time to get in on daily no-limit Texas Hold’em tournaments which begin at 10:00 am or $40 buy-in, nightly no-limit Texas Hold’em at 6:30 pm – ($40 buy-in Sunday through Thursday, $75 Friday and $60 Saturday with $10 bounty token to each player). Grab a bite to eat at the Watershed Lounge… my mom swears by the food and service. Contact Kathy Marsh in the poker room at 360.474.9740 for more poker specifics or look online www.angelofthewinds.com
Be sure to set some bills aside because it’s time to get back on I-5 (south) to test your skill in the spacious poker room of Tulalip Resort Casino. Play in one of their many tournaments with cash-added bonuses. With plenty of options for food and a luxurious place to stay, I enjoyed some great action at one of two $1-$3 no-limit tables. Poker room manager Marie Freeman is adjusting to her new role and has quickly established herself as a solid force after busily hosting the Poker Pro Challenge in March, Queen of Hearts Northwest Ladies Championship in April, the Gen Williams Memorial Tournament in May, and the Summer of Fun and Hot August Nights Tournaments this summer. Tulalip’s direct poker room number is 360.716.1253. For accommodations to the Resort Hotel, call toll free 1.888.272.1111. You can also check out their website at www.tulalipresort.com
All-in tip: Swinomish poker room manager David Stadler is young, ambitious, and motivated with new ideas and an impressive resume. Expect exciting action from this up-and-coming leader in the industry. For example, starting in September is a $35,000 Poker Player Giveaway. This promotion will be given away as three separate promotions, 35 days in length.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.