by Debbie Burkhead
The Trop Appoints Eldon Brown Cardroom Manager! Eldon has 24 years experience in the poker industry dating back to 1988. His career began in California at the Bike, he spent the early 90’s at the Commerce and then in 1995 he moved over to Hollywood Park. Eldon moved to Las Vegas in 2000 to take the position of tournament director/cardroom manager at Station’s Fiesta Henderson. In 2004 he accepted the position of tournament director/ shift manager at the Palms and on March 20, 2012 he landed on the Strip as cardroom manager of the New Tropicana. Eldon has made great strides in making the poker room more player friendly.
For starters, he brought in the high hand of the day. If the high hand of the day is four of a kind you’ll receive $50, $200 for a straight flush and a royal will get you $500. If you flop the high hand the payout is doubled. His next modification was extending the cash drawing to four per day as opposed to one. Start playing hold’em at 9 a.m. and earn two drawing tickets per hour. If you start the game at 9 a.m. you will earn two bonus tickets. Drawings are held at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. He has also modified the tournament schedule to be more player friendly with deeper starting stacks and he has modified the rake back program, players can earn up to $80 per day. Eldon promises more creative programs to come so stay tuned for future updates on poker at the Trop.
There are three tournaments scheduled daily, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. All buy-ins are $55, with the exception of the Sunday 2 p.m. event which is $45, the Saturday 7 p.m. event is $130, as is the Sunday 7 p.m. bounty event. For more information on poker at the Trop, see their ad on page WSOP15.
Let’s Play Poker at the Venetian! The Deepstack Extravaganza III began on May 24 and runs through July 15. All of the 12 p.m. events are no-limit hold’em with buy-ins ranging from $200-$10,000. The 4 p.m. events on the schedule are not run daily but include various games, including a $600 seniors and a $400 ladies event with buy-ins ranging from $200-$600. The 7 p.m. tournament is a $200 nolimit, players start with 10,000 and 30 minute levels. All $600 events and below are re-entry events. The $5,000 nolimit main event has two start days and players start with 25,000 in chips. Players in the $10,000 High Roller event will start with 30,000 in chips. The top ten players in points will be awarded best overall player awards. All $400 buy-in events and higher qualify with the exceptions of the ladies, seniors and super satellites. For a complete schedule of events, see the Venetian ad on page WSOP11.
Station’s $300,000 Poker Plus Tournament is Back! Play 50 hours of live poker between now and June 15 to qualify. Everyone that qualifies and plays in the event gets $75. Players will start with 1,400 in chips and the event will held at Texas Station on July 7 & 8. First place will receive $40,000 with four hundred spots being paid. Fifty first to 400 will receive $200 each. Chip leaders on day 1 will split $6,000. Players can qualify at any of the following eight Station’s poker rooms: Palace, Boulder, Texas, Sunset, Santa Fe, Aliante, Red Rock or Green Valley Ranch. For more information on the Poker Plus event, see their ad on page WSOP2.
Debbie Burkhead is a long time poker player, writer, National Sales Director for Poker Player Newspaper, and President of Poker Player Cruises. You may contact Debbie at PokerMs@aol.com.