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by Barbara Rogers

Big things will soon be happening at Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minnesota. In case you like planning ahead, I’m going to give you the rundown for your own personal poker tour calendar! Surely you will see an event (or several) you could fit in. First up is the New Year’s Eve super structure Free Roll. Tournament Director, Tristan Wilberg said $10K will be added, with $5K guaranteed for 1st place. Two thousand chips for free, unlimited $10 add-on getting you up to 5K in chips until the first break. That should be fun! It is a two-day, half-hour blind structure, and a great way to launch yourself into the new year. Day 1A is Saturday December 29th at 10am. Day 1B is Sunday December 30th at 4pm, and Day 2 is Monday December 31st at 10am. There is a cash play bonus involved here. too. It will result in 25K chips to start the event if you play 15 hours from Dec. 1st-28th. Every hour over 15 will get you another 5K in chips, but it will cap at 100K. Next up is a two day $500 “Deep Stack Avalanche” tournament on January 26th and 27th. February 9th to the 17th, a $1,100 event is the popular Mid States Poker Tour. March 8-17th will be the Spring Poker Classic with a $500 and $1,100 event along with some other mixed events. I know this is a lot to give you at once, but some players do like to map it out. Don’t worry—I’ll be sure to remind you about these events when they get closer!

 In this issue of Poker Player you will see just how lucrative playing poker at Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana was for a number of fine folks. Penn National Gaming marches on with the M Resort Regional Poker Tournament to be held on January 25th thru the 27th. Satellites are available for the tournaments being offered. The guarantee is a $10,000, $20,000, and $40,000 pay out for each tournament. See the details in the center section of this Poker Player issue. In addition, there are opportunities to win a seat in the big $500.000 Hollywood Poker Open to be held at the M Resort June 28th to 30th, 2013. The M Resort is the gorgeous hotel in Los Vegas that not only sports a beautiful structure but has the much talked about award winning buffet. The HPO is so well managed and planned with such professionalism it can’t be anything but successful!

 Dover Downs in Delaware is offering a $25,000 guarantee Texas hold’em tournament on December 28th at 7pm with 30 minute blinds and 15,000 in chips. You can satellite in by playing a $45 qualifier. Good odds—one in ten will win a seat.

 My “now” buddy, John Zandoken, pointed out the new steak house at Turning Stone in Verona, New York is not on the 22nd floor as I previously mentioned: That would be the roof! So be sure you stop by the 21st floor for a big delicious steak. Congratulations to John, and all involved who worked so hard to make the All In For Wishes III a success. They netted $11,000 for Make A Wish. 140 good souls participated with 10K going to first place, and 22.2K all together paid out to the top 15 players.

 Steve Lewis, owner of Take it Down Poker, has some interesting card guards. I met him at Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. All are USA-made, with precious and semi-precious stones. You can custom design your own, nice Christmas gifts for someone on your list. They are way cool. Look them up online at

The Delaware Park Winter Poker Classic is coming in January, culminating in a $150,000 guarantee $1090 buy in, No-limit hold’em main event on Saturday January 12, 2013. But even before the Winter Poker Classic starts, you can still play tournament poker at Delaware Park during DEEP STACK WEEK, running from December 26th to New Years Day. A bunch of No-limit hold’em events with buy-in ranging from $100 to $200 and guaranteeing up to $30,000 will keep poker players busy. So starting the day after Christmas, there will be 2 events each paying out $30,000, 1 event paying $15,000 and 4 events each paying out $10,000.

 As you are reading along, the highly anticipated DeepStack Extravaganza Series at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem is playing out. May I remind you, there is $500,000 at stake. There are two starting dates, December 14th and 15th. The buy-in is $2500, with a great structure and a half million dollars that has to be won by someone: why not you and me?

 Barbara Rogers is a competitive player in many endeavors including pool and poker tournaments. You can reach her at

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