Poker tournaments heating up in Mid-Atlantic

February 22, 2012  

Now that the weather is warming up, the tournaments are starting to heat up, too, including some excellent charity tournaments in the area. DisabilityGuide.org will sponsor a no-limit hold’em charity tournament on March 11, with first prize being a seat into the $10K World Series of Poker Main Event. This event will have dozens of prizes, including ones for worst beat, first out and bounties.

The buy-in is a $150 donation and there are unlimited rebuys until the sixth level. For more info, visit disabilityguide.org.

Also, the La Plata (Md.) VFD hosts a NLHE charity tournament March 31 at 7 p.m. The $125 buy-in (cash only) gets you 5K chips with no add-ons or rebuys. Call 301-609-7500 or e-mail lynngilroy@verizon.net for reservations.

DPPC: The Delaware Park Poker Classic (March 14-April 2) will have more than $1 million in guaranteed prize money for the series. World champ Greg Raymer will host a special tournament March 28-30. The main event will takes place March 31, with a $200K guarantee.

DOVER DOWNS: The Royal Crown Poker Room will have a guaranteed $25K prize pool on March 30. See ad at left for details.

MARYLAND: A measure in the Senate would allow table games such as blackjack and poker at slots parlors. The bill, introduced Feb. 6 in Annapolis by Prince George’s County Sen. Douglas Peters, also would allow a slots parlor to be built in Prince George’s County. The site in Prince George’s County could be at Rosecroft Raceway or National Harbor, near the nation’s capital. That site would be the sixth potential site in the state, which now only allows five casino locations.

Peters, a Democrat, also said it increases the amount of money a slots operator would receive. The current 33 percent would increase to 40 percent. Voters would have to approve table games and the new casino location in November.

— Michael Young is the Ante Up Ambassador for the Mid-Atlantic area. Email him at anteupmike@gmail.com.