WHERE TO PLAY POKER: March 2013

February 20, 2013, Chris  

A look at some featured events around the country. The following pages also highlight daily events and promotions.

East

WSOPC CAESARS A.C.: Caesars hosts the World Series of Poker Circuit through March 11. The series has the standard 12 ring events as well as a few non-ring events, including satellites for the WSOP main event.

* FOXWOODS POKER CLASSIC: This event (March 4-17) at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn., has 21 events with buy-ins ranging from $230 to $2,500. Foxwoods always draws large fields, so there should be big prize pools.

* DEEPSTACKS PATRIOT CLASSIC: DeepStacks Poker Tour brings another event (March 20-25) to Uncasville, Conn. It will be a $1,500 tournament with a $200K guaranteed pool.

* HOLLYWOOD POKER OPEN: This series (March 21-April 1) is hosted by Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia. The series has 15 events with buy-ins ranging from $240 to $1,650.

* WSOPC FOXWOODS: Foxwoods hosts a World Series of Poker Circuit for the first time starting March 27 and running into April. There will be the standard 12 ring events, nine non-ring events and several satellites.

West

WORLD POKER CHALLENGE: The Grand Sierra Resort in Reno hosts (Feb. 28-March 10) this series, featuring events with buy-ins ranging from $120 to $1,100, including Omaha, H.O.R.S.E. and bounties.

WYNN CLASSIC: This series runs through March 17 in Las Vegas, with 12 events that have buy-ins ranging from $300 to $5,180. The Wynn always has well-run events and tends to draw a tough field.

HPT GOLDEN GATES: The Heartland Poker Tour returns to Black Hawk, Colo. (March 1–10). The $1,650 main event has four Day 1 flights, a Day 2 that plays down to nine players, and a third day for the TV final table.

WPT BAY 101 SHOOTING STAR: The Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, Calif., has one of the most popular stops on the World Poker Tour (March 3-8). There will be a $2K Shooting Star event, a $7.5K televised main event and a $25K high roller.

WSOPC LODGE CASINO: The Lodge Casino in Black Hawk is hosting its first WSOPC (March 14-25). In addition to the 12 ring events, there will be seven non-ring events, including ladies and seniors.

ALL IN POKER SERIES: The Atlantis Casino’s series in Reno (March 15-25) boasts 18 events with $120-$1,080 buy-ins.

VENETIAN DSE: The Venetian brings back its Deep Stack Extravaganza (March 28-April 24) with a whopping 82 events spread over 28 days. Buy-ins are $200-$2,500. There will be lots of players and lots of action.

Central

CHICAGO POKER CLASSIC: The Horseshoe Hammond’s third annual Chicago Poker Classic doesn’t end until March 5. The $3,125 main event starts on March 2 and three more events each day thereafter.

MINNESOTA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., hosts March 2-10. There will be several $260 qualifiers leading up to the $1,100 main event March 8.

MIDWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: The Horseshoe Southern Indiana is hosting a nine-event low-roller series (March 1-10) with $150-$760 buy-ins.

* MSPT FIREKEEPERS: FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Mich., hosts a $1,100 Mid-States Poker Tour event March 2-10. This is the first leg of the Quadrathon, which is made up of four stops in four states over five weeks. The MSPT offers some fine structures.

* MSPT DOWNSTREAM: The MSPT returns to the Downstream Casino in Quapaw, Okla., March 8-17. This stop has the standard set of qualifiers culminating in a $1,100 event.

* SPRING CLASSIC: Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minn., brings back its annual spring series March 8-17. There will be several events in addition to the $1,100 main event.

HPT PRAIRIE MEADOWS: The Heartland Poker tour stops at Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino in Altoona, Iowa, March 8-17. There will be satellites and qualifiers leading up to the $1,650 main event.

HPT BELTERRA: The HPT returns to Belterra Casino Resort in Florence, Ind., March 15-24. There’s a $1,650 main event, plus 10 events with buy-ins ranging from $45 to $360.

* MSPT HO-CHUNK: This Wisconsin Dells room in Baraboo, Wis., hosts the MSPT March 16-24. This stop has the standard set of qualifiers ending with a $1,100 main event.

* MSPT MESKWAKI: The Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa, has the MSPT March 30-April 7, the final stop in the MSPT Quadrathon. The main event is $1,100.

South

* BATTLES AT THE BEACH: The Isle Casino Pompano Park in Pompano Beach, Fla., is holding the $1 million Battles at the Beach series March 4-19. There will be 12 events, including $1,100, $1,600 and $3,300 buy-ins.

* IP SPRING CLASSIC: The IP in Biloxi, Miss., hosts the WPT Regional March 29-April 8. The $1,150 main event starts April 5.

* NAPLES-FT. MYERS CHAMPIONSHIPS: The $1,100 main event (with a $75K guarantee) at Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound & Racing in Florida is March 23-24, but there’s also a $550 PLO event March 22.

* SPRING BREAK CLASSIC: The Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Miss., returns with its 14-event spring series March 21-31. Buy-ins will be $130-$1,070.

* WPT TAMPA BAY SPRING OPEN: The WPT Regional tour stops at the Hard Rock in Tampa (March 1-10), with its main event March 7.

* Denotes the main event of this series/tournament qualifies for Ante Up Player of the Year consideration as the final 10 players earn POY points.