Gila River Gaming Enterprise

ANTE UP SPRING POKER CLASSIC

March 23-31, 2019
Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Vee Quiva
Laveen, Arizona

About the Property

Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Vee Quiva is one of three casinos in the Gila River Hotels & Casinos enterprise, which is owned and operated by the Gila River Indian Community. Vee Quiva features a 14-table poker room, 24 table games, more than 985 slot machines and a 492-seat bingo hall. The resort offers 90 luxurious hotel rooms, outdoor pool with poolside suites, event center, four bars and lounges and four restaurants, with George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen opening in early 2019.
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Accommodations

  • Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Vee Quiva is a AAA Four Diamond luxurious boutique hotel with 90 rooms and no resort fees and complimentary wireless Internet.
  • Player hotel rates: More information soon!

Amenities

  • Casino: The casino features more than 985 slot machines, 24 table games, a 14-table poker room, a 492-seat bingo hall and premium players club lounge.
  • Dining: Panda Express, Fatburger, Fullhouse Café, which is open 24 hours a day, The Coffee Shop, and opening in early 2019 – George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen.
  • Other: Outdoor pool with poolside suites and a bar, complimentary valet parking and 6,000 square feet of meeting space.

Airport
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is 17 miles from Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino.

Event Overview

By SCOTT LONG
The first of two Ante Up Poker Tour series at Gila River Hotels & Casinos in 2019 runs March 23-21 at Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Vee Quiva.

This is the second year the AUPT visits the Laveen, Ariz., resort, near Phoenix, and this year Vee Quiva has significantly grown the Ante Up Spring Poker Classic and packed its schedule with an incredible variety of events.

“Last year’s collaborative event with Ante Up, held at Vee Quiva, was a huge success,” said Zach Lansing, poker room manager at Vee Quiva. “Here at Gila River, we are always looking to kick things up a notch and create bigger and better events for our guests, so expanding the Ante Up Spring Poker Classic into a full-blown series was the next logical step.”

The 10-event series kicks off with a $10,000 guaranteed no-limit hold’em event and ends with the $75,000 guaranteed four-flight $360 Main Event, the winner of which will appear on the cover of Ante Up Magazine and earn an entry into the Main Event of the 2019 Ante Up World Championship at Thunder Valley Casino Resort near Sacramento, Calif. But in between, aficionados of games other than no-limit hold’em will find plenty to like on the schedule.

“Tournament poker, including non-hold’em events, is vital to the success of any poker series,” Lansing said. “Gila River is always looking to expand its horizons in the poker industry, which is why we are so excited to introduce a new and innovative approach to team poker. Our goal as a premiere gaming enterprise is to appeal to a wide variety of poker players, all while giving those players the opportunity to expand their skills and showcase their talent.”

Non-hold’em events on the schedule include $130 HORSE, a $160 Omaha/8 and a $125 Triple Stud event, and even the no-limit events being offered showcase variety: a $160 Women’s Championship and a $200 team event, plus bounty, rebuy and six-max events.

Vee Quiva will make it easy for players to win their way into large events with several satellite options, including $50 single-table shootouts beginning March 1, with a $40 “Last Chance” super satellite on March 28.

“Satellites are extremely important to a poker tournament series because they afford players the opportunity to play in a larger buy-in tournament that they normally wouldn’t play in, and it is an easy way to help build the prize pool for the main event,” Lansing said. “Most importantly, they’re really fun!”

When not in a tournament, players can buy-into a wide variety of fixed-limit and spread-limit hold’em cash games, as well as mixed games that include, but are not limited to, Omaha, Pineapple and Big O.

Located at the foot of beautiful South Mountain, Vee Quiva is one of three casinos in the Gila River Hotels & Casinos enterprise, which is owned and operated by the Gila River Indian Community. The AAA Four Diamond resort features a 14-table poker room, 24 table games, more than 985 slot machines and a 492-seat bingo hall. The resort offers 90 luxurious hotel rooms, outdoor pool with poolside suites, event center, four bars and lounges and four restaurants, with George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen opening in early 2019.

In November, Gila River will host an Ante Up Poker Tour series at its flagship casino, Wild Horse Pass.

“Having multiple venues to host events will give our guests from all over the Valley of the Sun, and across the country, the opportunity to play in world-class venues,” Lansing said. “Our relationship with Ante Up has been nothing short of extraordinary. Gila River has now hosted two events with Ante Up in Vee Quiva’s Poker Room and we look
forward to continuing that relationship with Ante Up.”

Schedule

Subject to change

  • Saturday, March 23, noon - EVENT#1: $230 Kickoff No-Limit Hold'em ($10,000 guaranteed)
  • Sunday, March 24, 11 a.m. - EVENT#2: $160 Women's Championship No-Limit Hold'em ($5,000 guaranteed)
  • Sunday, March 24, 6 p.m. - EVENT#3: $130 HORSE Championship
  • Monday, March 25, 11 a.m. - EVENT#4: $180 No-Limit Hold'em Black Chip Bounty
  • Monday, March 25, 6 p.m. - EVENT#5: $200 Team No-Limit Hold'em
  • Tuesday, March 26, 11 a.m. - EVENT#6 DAY 1A: $160 No-Limit Hold'em Six Max ($5,000 guaranteed)
  • Tuesday, March 26, 6 p.m. - EVENT#6 DAY 1B: $160 No-Limit Hold'em Six Max ($5,000 guaranteed)
  • Wednesday, March 27, 11 a.m. - EVENT#7: $125 Triple Stud
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2 p.m. - EVENT#6 DAY 2: $160 No-Limit Hold'em Six Max ($5,000 guaranteed)
  • Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m. - EVENT#8: $160 Omaha/8
  • Thursday, March 28, 11 a.m. - EVENT#9: $150 No-Limit Hold'em rebuy ($5,000 guaranteed)
  • Friday, March 29, 11 a.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 1A: $360 No-Limit Hold'em ($75,000 guaranteed)
  • Friday, March 29, 6 p.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 1B: $360 No-Limit Hold'em ($75,000 guaranteed)
  • Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 1C: $360 No-Limit Hold'em ($75,000 guaranteed)
  • Saturday, March 30, 6 p.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 1D: $360 No-Limit Hold'em ($75,000 guaranteed)
  • Sunday, March 31, 11 a.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 2: $360 No-Limit Hold'em ($75,000 guaranteed)

Structures

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Satellites

  • $50 single-table satellites begin March 1
  • Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m. - $70 for Main Event

History

This will be the second event at Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino.