Southwest poker tournaments continuing to grow

February 20, 2013  

With Southwest poker rooms hundreds of miles apart in far-flung places, the BravoPokerLive mobile application is a natural win.

Local casinos are understandably proud of their ability to keep players up-to-date with the latest poker room information, including current and future games and promotions.

I found the free app to be helpful and friendly. Not all poker rooms are set up on Bravo, but most have staff working on setup and will be connected soon.

This looks like a win-win for poker rooms and players scattered throughout the Southwest.

SANDIA CASINO AND RESORT: The New Mexico poker room’s Play with the Big Dogs event was a huge success, selling out 30 minutes before the start of the tournament and paying first place $7,961.

INN OF THE MOUNTAIN GODS: The Road to the Main Event kicked off Feb. 23-24, marking the beginning of a four-month journey to the World Series of Poker. For more info on this series, call the poker room. The Inn also is anticipating the Big Slick Jackpot Tournament later in the year.

NORTHERN EDGE: Sundays and Mondays at Northern Edge Navajo Casino (near Farmington, N.M.) are devoted to Omaha/8 tournaments.

Tuesday players like their small buy-in tournaments at 7 p.m., and Friday $20 buy-in shootouts begin at noon. Saturdays bring deep and medium-stack no-limit hold’em tournaments, and the poker room is closed Wednesdays.

Arizona

TALKING STICK RESORT: March overflows with tournaments and special events at Talking Stick Resort’s Arena Poker Room.
The daily $60 event at 11:15 a.m. gets you 2K chips ($5 more gets you another 1K and there’s an optional $20 rebuy for 1K chips). And Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7:15 are the $130 events (5K chips, $10 add-on for 2,500 chips).

There’s a Big Stack event March 2 ($330, 11:15 a.m., 10K chips, a $15 add-on gets you 3K more) and March 9 is the Super Bounty Big Stack ($225, 11:15 a.m., 8,500 chips, $10 add-on for 2,500).

On March 10, the ladies NLHE tournament is at 11:15 a.m. ($75, 3,500 chips, $5 add-on for 500 chips). Other events include a $150 Omaha/8 event (March 16), and the $20K guarantee ($150, March 30, 11:15 a.m.) For more info, be sure to check the poker room’s website and listing in our Where to Play pages.

CASINO DEL SOL: Winter league championships will be March 6 at 7 p.m., where 90 players from three leagues compete in a $7,500 guarantee. A $25K WSOP Seat freeroll is March 12-16. Players compete for one of five seats, but must have played at least 50 hours between Jan. 1-March 10 to qualify.

On March 23, the Golf and Poker Scramble takes place at 8 a.m. Two-person teams will accumulate chips on the golf course for the $2K guaranteed poker tournament. Extra chips are given for birdies, pars, putts, drives and more. Teams will alternate on the course and the poker table.

— Mary Bradley is Ante Up’s Southwest Ambassador. Email her at anteupmary@gmail.com.