Biloxi poker promotions and events heating up

December 03, 2013, Jennifer Gay  

There sure is a lot going on down on the Gulf Coast. The year begins with a bang at the Beau Rivage on Jan. 3 with the Million Dollar Heater. The schedule is condensed into 12 days, which should mean larger playing fields, bigger prize pools and more opportunities to make a big score.

True to its name, the Million Dollar Heater will offer two events each guaranteeing at least $500K. The first, which runs Jan. 3-5, offers two flights and a $340 buy-in. The second is the main event, which runs Jan. 11-15, also offers two flights and has a $2,600 buy-in. The rest of the 12-day roster is full of the usual events, with a few alternative games such as stud/8 and PLO for variety. Visit beaupoker.com or call 228-386-7254 for more info or to book a room at the special rate for players.

The Golden Nugget will celebrate the grand opening of its poker room this month. At press time, the specifics of the promotions weren’t yet approved by gaming. The bad beat (aces full of queens) is more than $100K and increasing daily.

The IP casino features $100 Aces Cracked (Wednesdays, 4-midnight). The IP also offers seven daily tournaments with swift moving structures and cheap buy-ins for those who want a quick mid-week poker fix. Tournament schedule, structure and buy-in information is available at the IP website.

Back on Beach Boulevard at the Hard Rock, the poker room is paying $5 comps for every two hours of play. After spending the summer in Vegas, where comps are almost mythical, earning $2.50 an hour sounds almost like a jackpot! The Hard Rock is the only poker room on the coast offering tournaments at 3 p.m., seven days a week. Its all no-limit mid-afternoon lineup leaves players who have busted from earlier tournaments elsewhere an opportunity to stay in the action. The room also splashes the pot with $25 on all jackpot-eligible tables every 30 minutes, every day from 3-6 p.m., making this the official place to play in the afternoons.

Next month look for my preview of the WSOPC at Harrah’s Tunica, a wrapup of the Gulf Coast Championship and I’ll give details on the newly renovated Horseshoe Tunica room.

Pearl River to award Ante Up Cruise for two

Pearl River Resort in Choctaw, Miss., will award an Ante Up Poker Cruise package as the grand prize in its 12 Days of Poker holiday promotion Dec. 12-27. See the ad on Page 48 in our December issue. Every night from Dec. 16-27, the poker room will have at least one drawing for prizes that include computers, tablets and more. Players earn one ticket for every hour of live play from Dec. 12-27, and two tickets for every hour from midnight-8 a.m. The grand prize drawing is 9 p.m. Dec. 27, with the winner getting an Ante Up Poker Cruise package for two on the March 30 sailing out of Los Angeles plus two $500 gift cards. For more info, call (601) 663-1040.

— Email Jennifer Gay at jennifergay80@hotmail.com.