Delaware Park to host Black Friday poker tourneys

November 15, 2013, Michael Young  

Delaware Park’s poker room will host a series of affordable buy-in and megastack tournaments Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The kickoff will take place early in the morning of Nov. 29 (the original Black Friday) and continue with a large variety of tournaments all weekend.

In addition, online poker is getting under way in Delaware. To play online you simply need to live within the state borders. Delaware Park, as advertised in Ante Up, will be one of those online sites.

DOVER DOWNS: On Sunday evenings, Dover Downs’ poker room will host Ladies Night freeroll tournaments at 7 p.m. All participants must be 21 and must register at the poker cage with a Dover Downs players card. First place pays $100, followed by second ($75), third ($50) and fourth ($25).

The tournament may not be chopped and must be played until there is one winner.

Dover Downs also will start offering a Tournament Bad Beat Jackpot, which will pay $10K to the losing hand of aces full of kings or better. Tournament players also now receive the same comp dollars as cash players and are being rated (only casino in the area rating tournament players).

The poker room also has every NFL game, so that means splash pots and high hands at the end of every quarter of three games on Sunday plus Monday and Thursday nights.

Finally, Dover Downs will host a Toys for Tots event Dec. 7 at 1:15 p.m. The $45 buy-in sports a $1K guarantee and gets the player 3K chips, but if you bring a new toy, you’ll receive 9K chips.

PPA TESTIFIES IN MARYLAND: Poker Players Alliance executive director John Pappas recently visited Annapolis to testify before the Joint Committee on Gaming Oversight. The committee invited Pappas to provide his expertise and insights on the law that makes it a crime to play any game for a wager. Even a penny-ante game of poker in a private residence is considered illegal in Maryland.

Pappas spoke out in favor of legislation that would make exceptions for home poker games. Earlier this year, PPA worked with Maryland delegate Kirill Reznik to introduce H.B. 486, the Home Games Protection Bill. This legislation would eliminate penalties for private poker games played at a home where no one is profiting from operating or hosting the game.

All eight members from the Maryland House and Senate who serve on the Joint Committee attended the hearing. It was encouraging that committee chair Nancy King said she has heard from “many poker enthusiasts” about their right to play poker in the privacy of their homes. The PPA will be stepping up its advocacy over the coming months to ensure this legislation becomes law.

— Email Michael Young at anteupmike@gmail.com.