by Barbara Rogers
The Borgata in Atlantic City offers a weekly guarantee tournament on Wednesdays of $30,000 and a guarantee of $25,000 on Fridays. But the big event coming up next, the Borgata Poker Open, runs from September 3rd-20th. The THREE MILLION GUARANTEE televised World Poker Tournament will be September 15-20th.
Congratulations to Jason DiBenedetto at Turning Stone and his hard working non-complaining staff. This resort casino is a great destination and a big favorite for traveling poker players. Poker Night In America recently filmed the New York State Empire Tournament for television. The prize pool contained a whopping $619,830. Some of the pros flew in by private jet, some of them came on their own. Eli Elezra, David Williams, Phil Laak and Shaun Deeb made the trip. There were plenty more pros in attendance, livening things up.
After that excitement, Turning Stone is back to normal, which for them is giving money away in the poker room. This time it’s a $10,000 cash giveaway. See the times and amounts for the drawing in this issue of Poker Player.
Aruba is now within your reach. Maryland Live! Casino is running satellites, and lots of them, for the PPC Aruba World Championship. Telephone number 443-842-7000. Pack your bags for a 6 night stay at the Radisson Aruba Resort.
Pete McGuire at Dover Downs offers some continuing fun in the Crown Royal poker room with a “Beat The Boss” tournament. This event features a chosen person with a target on their back. I get to be a target soon! The person delivering the blow gets $200.
Hollywood Casino in Toledo continues to thrive. Under the direction of Peter Lau, the $300 Mega Stack Tournament just paid out $48,100, with 1st place winner, Brad Wilson from Dearborn, Michigan claiming $15,391. Husian Mansook from W. Bloomfield, Mi. garnered $8,177 for 2nd. If you took your family to Sandusky, Ohio to ride the Top Thrill Dragster that was the biggest roller coaster in America, you wouldn’t be far from this room. Cedar Point lost their top spot to Six Flags in Jersey.
Canterbury Park has their Fall Poker Classic coming up—see their ad in this issue. This is billed as the Midwest’s premier poker tournament. This part of our country has an abundance to offer. Lots of pristine lakes, plenty of water activities, great museums, supreme shopping; you should definitely put this on your travel calendar if you haven’t already.
FireKeeper’s Casino is proving to be a player, too. Now that their hotel has been completed, they are especially stoked. Tournaments are running 7 days a week. Kelley Bailey is the innovative poker room manager. FireKeepers Casino Hotel is a state of the art resort in Battle Creek, Michigan. Here’s their number 877-FKC-8777.
A 97 year old man won the bad beat jackpot at Harrah’s Philadelphia recently. Thomas Menditto born 3-20-16 collected $135,680. Tom is the oldest person on record to win a BBJ. Hoo-ray for Tom!!! Here is the bad beat jackpot pay-out to date: $3,423,959. Popular Bruce Dixon is the poker room manager here. Harrah’s Philly is the only WSOP room in the state of PA.
So sorry to see the beautiful and sexy poker room at Revel in Atlantic City close. A consummate professional, the highly regarded Atlantic City lifer, Frankie Foti, was in charge of this room. You will see Frankie somewhere soon in a position of prominence, I’m sure. The action’s been fast and furious on the East Cost, amped up by so many tournaments, you may wish you could clone yourself.
Barbara Rogers is a competitive player in many endeavors including pool and poker tournaments. She is the Northeast Regional Sales Manager and a writer for Poker Player.