by A.C. Clark
In north central Washington, the poker room at Okanogan Bingo Casino has been hosting a Thursday no limit Texas hold’em tournament series with its final tournament to be played on January 9th. I played in the last of the big Thursdays on January 3rd and was pleased with the rather new poker room and pleasant staff. In addition, there’s a fine group of locals who enjoy plenty of action on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. This small, but clean and spacious poker room is loaded with eager gamblers, ready to play. Any visitor can expect a steady game of $3-6 limit with no limit Texas hold’em tournaments on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 5 pm, and Saturdays at 11:30 am. The poker room is conveniently located in the bar and offers excellent service by a warm waitressing staff. I felt very welcome and enjoyed visiting with players and dealers. Anyone can order from the bar, and manager Tony Posey is poker knowledgeable, friendly, and very hardworking, helping behind the bar or dealing at a table. You can reach the poker room at 509.422.4646 or visit their website at www.colvillecasinos.com.
Furthermore, Okanogan has over 300 slot machines and a BIG bingo crowd. For the bingo enthusiast, it’s high stakes and full of manager specials. The Casino Deli offers a full menu and is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks. Lodging is available in and around town, and RVs are welcome, with plenty of parking and full hook ups. Okanogan Bingo Casino is one of three casinos owned and operated by the Colville Tribal Casinos. Look for more information about Mill Bay and Coulee Dam in a later article.
Folks know “It’s better at the beach” at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort and it’s definitely true with the Deep Stacks Poker Tour and champions Michael Mizrachi and Randal Flowers in town. Starting February 9th and finishing on the 18th, Chinook Winds will host the 2013 PacWest Classic. This exclusive ten-day event has eighteen event series and features a final $1100 buyin for its main event final table with a $100,000 guarantee. For most, this will be the only chance to play in the Deep Stacks Poker Tour as it will be the only stop in the northwest for the 2013 International tour. The winner of this unique event will earn a seat to the $2500 buy-in to the 2013 Deep Stacks Poker Tour World Championship at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut with $500,000 guaranteed. Find out more online at www.deepstacks.com and www.chinookwindscasino.com.
As one of Oregon’s premier casinos, Chinook Winds has more than 1200 slots, live poker, table games, Keno, and Bingo. This scenic resort overlooks the Pacific Ocean from the Lincoln City shore and has over 200 rooms and suites. I hope to see you there!
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 aclarkppn@ yahoo.com.