by Barbara Rogers
Just south of the Minnesota border in Northern Iowa, you can see Diamond Jo Casino Worth, surrounded by pristine woodlands. It is here, in Northwood, Iowa, where you will find March Poker Madness playing out on the 21st, 22nd, and the 23rd. Thursday and Friday events will start at 7pm. Both have a $5 staff bonus for additional chips, giving you an edge. Thursday buy-in is only $50, with Friday buy-in being $100. The Championship Event is on Saturday at 12pm with a $200 buy-in, add the staff bonus chips for only $10. David Eglseder, the poker room manager, indicated super satellites will be held for only $25 with $20 re-buys. These are lots of fun, and the entire event should be a lot of fun for an amount of money that won’t hurt your poker budget!
Mohegan Sun in Connecticut will host the DeepStacks Poker Tour from March 27th to April 1st. DeepStacks Poker Tour enjoyed one of their most successful seasons at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, so this should prove to be an even bigger success. Find more details in the Mohegan Sun ad in this issue of Poker Player Newspaper [Read the PDF].
Windy City Poker Championship in Chicago will bring lots of fun to the players in April—four days of charity poker events with buy-in ranging from $10 to $3,000, quite a range, will run from April 18th to the 20th. The 3K is a televised sit-n go on Sunday. The show will feature Aaron Massey, Jerry Yang, Chris Moneymaker, Nick Brancato, and Richard Roeper, playing among several amateurs. This will be a crowd pleaser at the American Legion Post 615 & Shady Oaks Camp Charity Poker Series. Located in Tinley Park, IL, and benefiting two charities, if you win, you have a reason to feel twice as good and if you lose, you still can feel good about yourself. The recipients of the events are the American Legion Tinley Park Post 615 Women’s Auxiliary and Shady Oaks Camp. Kirk Fallah is the television producer for The Windy City Poker Championship. You may contact Kirk at CharityPokerEvent@yahoo.com for additional information.
A thirty-year old Canadian, Brandon Valley, came to town and left with $11,135 he won at Hollywood Casino in Toledo. With a sell-out crowd, the February $300 Mega Stack is a real good deal. The other four winners were Americans: Guy Stout, Sylvania, Ohio, collecting $6,065, Doug Hafner, Lamberville, Michigan $3,713, Jeff Oberlin, Defiance, Ohio put $2,700 in his pocket while Dennis Abdelnour, St. Clair, Michigan picked up $1,865. Tuesday night is hot, very hot at Hollywood Toledo. They have the most high limit games going in Ohio and Michigan, according to Peter Lau, the guy handling the action. $500-$1500 PLO, with three games going, makes for an exciting evening. The next $300 event, a sell out, I bet, will be on March 10th.
Ohio loves poker! And they are getting more of it. Horseshoe Cincinnati will start greeting some of their expected 6 million annual visitors with open doors and open arms on March 4th.
Reminder, don’t forget the Heartland Poker Tour is now being played out at Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana. This is a nationally televised event with a very affordable buy-in and an anticipated six figure pay-out. The dates are March 15th- 25th. Call 1-888-BELTERRA to book your room and use the code HPTPNK.
Pete McGuire, in charge of the Crown Royal Poker room at Dover Downs, tells me they now have a $95 buy-in for their Friday night tournaments and it has become pretty popular. In the course of a year they have gone from 5 tournaments a week to 14! They are using a new blind structure that the players like better. Pete is one of the good guys. He listens to his players. Their concerns are his, if they are reasonable.
FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan has the MSPT (Mid States Poker Tour) underway from March 2nd to the 10th. There are an abundance of qualifiers with 3 day-one flights, starting on March 7th. FireKeepers Casino now can add Hotel to their name and you can stay where you play. Here’s the number: 877 FKC 8777.
Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minnesota is guaranteeing a $100,000 prize pool for their Spring Classic in March, from the 7-17th. Satellites and qualifiers are offered. Running Aces is just North of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Here is an easy number to remember, 877-RUN-ACES, to garner more information. Running Aces has a loaded schedule, with back-to-back events. I don’t see any down time.
Barbara Rogers is a competitive player in many endeavors including pool and poker tournaments. You can reach her at email@example.com