River Series begins at WinStar in Oklahoma on Aug. 27

August 04, 2015, Robert Kelly, Chris Cronin, Mary Bradley, Dick Stein  

The River Series at WinStar World Casino begins Aug. 27 with a $400 re-entry event with a $300K guarantee. The $2,500 main event, which has re-entries, begins Sept. 4 with three Day 1s, sports $2.5M guarantee, including $1M for first. The series ends Sept. 8.

KANSAS STAR CASINO: With the success of the Memorial Day tournament (114 players, $45K prize pool) poker room manager Meredith Denoncourt is planning a great tournament for Labor Day weekend. The room has 13 tables with plenty of $1-$3 and $2-$5 no-limit hold’em and $2-$5 pot-limit Omaha and PLO/8 action.

AMERISTAR CASINO KANSAS CITY: The Heartland Poker Tour visits Aug. 14-24. The $1,650 main event will have three flights. Other events include seniors (50-plus) and PLO with buy-ins $150-$350. Also, $125 nightly events will run. For special $99 Sunday-Thursday, $159 Friday & Saturday, room rates call (866) 667-3386 and mention offer code HPTAKC.
This 15-table room is good for mixed games often unavailable in casinos in the region, plus players can plug in their USB devices at the table, get tableside food service and earn $1-an-hour comps. The quads-beaten bad beat was more than $160K at press time.

HARRAH’S NORTH KANSAS CITY: The 13-table room offers $1-$2 ($60-$200 or 100 percent of the biggest stack) and $1-$3 (uncapped) NLHE. Many tables offer USB chargers and the bad-beat jackpot is nearly $100K at press time.

CHEROKEE CASINO WEST SILOAM SPRINGS: The annual Blast to the Past series was ending as Ante Up went to press (Aug. 7-15), but look for results soon.

INDIGO SKY CASINO: John Maurer was named cardroom manager.

HOLLYWOOD CASINO AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY: Changes have been made to the weekly tournament schedule. Sunday’s regular tournament offers 15K chips for $125 and 25-minute levels. New on Saturdays is a deepstack bounty with the same buy-in, starting chips and levels. The room offers USB ports at its tables and the bad-beat jackpot was almost $120K at press time.

New Mexico

BUFFALO THUNDER RESORT AND CASINO: The BIG-98.5 bounty tournament is Aug. 29 with D.J. Bobby Box. The buy-in is $98 with $98 bounties on Box and possibly five other players. On Aug. 5 and 19, $100 bounty tournaments run with $10 bounties. An $100 Omaha/8 tournament will run Aug. 16 with $100 added per table. One re-entry is allowed. The Last Saturday of the Month $150 deepstack is Aug. 29.

SANDIA CASINO AND RESORT: After the huge deepstack on July 19, the next big event will be the September Championship on Labor Day weekend ($500, call for details). The $65 Thursday night bounty events are growing in popularity (145 players) with $20 bounties.

INN OF THE MOUNTAIN GODS: The One Twenty (first hour rebuys) runs on Fridays in August (though the last Friday is One Twenty PLO/8), with a second-chance tournament each Saturday morning and $75 tournaments Sundays. Poker Squares are earned throughout the week and drawings for the squares begin at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Plus, several $60 super qualifiers are planned for the month.

Texas

KICKAPOO LUCKY EAGLE CASINO: In the new poker room, players at the tables can get massages for $1 a minute. The Super Tuesday event has $500 added every week and every Sunday there’s a $120 event limited to the first 50 players.

Arizona

CASINO DEL SOL: The resort’s poker room prides itself on giving back to guests. Aug. 12-15 will be a $25K Guest Appreciation tournament.

Players qualified by playing at least 60 hours live in hold’em games between May 29 and Aug. 13.

After that, there will be a $7,500 Guest Appreciation Omaha/8 tournament Aug. 29. This tournament is limited to 80 players who played at least 60 hours of live Omaha or mixed games from May 29-Aug. 28.

Look for results from those events in future issues.

HON-DAH CASINO RESORT: Charles Kane won the latest Tournament of Champions and Mitzie Heydt is the newest Tournament Queen. Congratulations to all of the winners.

TALKING STICK RESORT: The 11th annual Arizona State Poker Championship was in full swing as Ante Up went to press. Look for results in our September issue.

The 10th annual Arizona State Ladies Championship is on the horizon, too. Every year, more than 200 female players travel from across the Southwest to the Arena Poker Room for their shot at a prize pool that always tops $40K.

This year’s event takes place Sept. 19-20 beginning at
10 a.m. each day. The buy-in is $300 and players start with 12K chips. With an optional $20 add-on, players will receive 5K extra chips.

BUCKY’S CASINO: The seventh annual Northern Arizona Texas Hold’em Championships runs this month with the finals on Aug. 30. See the ad on Page 46 of our August issue for all of the details.

Colorado

BLACK HAWK: The Ameristar, with its signature $30-$60 limit game, continues to have one of the busiest rooms between Chicago and Las Vegas, said manager Matt Lindberg. He cited the $2M upgrade renovation, completed in December 2014, as a reason for great attendance.

The facility got another lift recently when Adrian Buckley stopped by with his newly won WSOP bracelet for the Millionaire Maker. Buckley who lives in Westminster, a suburb of Denver, netted $1.3M, rocketing him to fifth place all-time in Colorado money winners according to HendonMob.com. … The Colorado Poker Championship series at Golden Gates runs Aug. 6-25 and manager Kyle Auckland predicts a huge turnout. The popular high-hand promotions also continue at the Gates so call for details.

CRIPPLE CREEK: The Midnight Rose bad beats hit twice in one week in July. The high-hand promotion is returning to the Rose, too. The weekend after the pool reaches $7,200 is when $400 will be awarded to the high hand every two hours around the clock. This weekend runoff is anticipated every two or three weeks.

The Wildwood poker room’s Saturday and Sunday deepstacks have done so well it’s adding one on Friday afternoons. The buy-in for Friday is $50 and $80 on the weekend.