Pearl River

PEARL RIVER POKER OPEN

Oct. 26-Nov. 5, 2017
Pearl River Resort
Choctaw, Mississippi

About the Property

Owned and operated by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Pearl River Resort is the South’s premier gaming and entertainment destination. Pearl River Resort feature two exciting hotel/casinos with a variety of gaming options, 1,074 timeless and comfortable hotel rooms, award-winning Phillip M’s Restaurant, a sports bar and grill and many other dining options, a full service spa, retail offerings and live entertainment. Also featured is the award-winning Dancing Rabbit Golf Club and Geyser Falls Water Theme Park.

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Accommodations

  • Silver Star Hotel & Casino and Golden Moon Hotel & Casino feature newly renovated rooms that are beautifully appointed with all of the world-class amenities you’d expect. Dancing Rabbit Golf Club offers eight comfortable Club House rooms with king-size beds, whirlpool baths and views of the resort’s championship golf courses, while Dancing Rabbit Inn offers 140 spacious guest rooms. Shuttle service is available.
  • Player hotel rates: Call (601) 663-1040 for player room rates.

Amenities

  • Casino: Casino: Silver Star and Golden Moon gaming floors feature the latest and first-in-state slot machines. Guests can also enjoy the resort’s new high-limit area and an elevated 14-table poker room. Players have the capability of watching TV from their machine or enjoy a stunning state-of-the-art video wall and video screens across property.
  • Golf: The Dancing Rabbit Golf Club features two award-winning, par-72 courses, the Azaleas and the Oaks.
  • Dining: Phillip M's (steakhouse), The Buffet, Stats Sports Bar & Grill, Bistro 24 (24-hour dining), Rally Alley, Whiskey Bean and the BBQ cart on weekends.
  • Other: Silver Star features a spa, salon, fitness center, heated outdoor pool and whirlpools, while Golden Moon features the Center Bar, an indoor and outdoor pool, and whirlpool. Geyser Falls Water Theme Park - "The Beach Within Reach" - offers 13 exciting water attractions and is only a short shuttle ride away.

Airport
Meridian Regional Airport (MEI) is 45 miles from Pearl River, and Jackson International Airport (JAN) is 72 miles from Pearl River. Also consider nearby airports in Birmingham and Memphis.

Event Overview

Two of the many things you can count on with Paul Dutsch and his popular tournament team is Southern charm and creativity, and both will be on full display as the Ante Up Poker Tour makes its fourth appearance at Pearl River Resort this October.

The Pearl River Poker Open will run Oct. 26-Nov. 5 at the resort in the middle of Mississippi and, as always, will close with a $100,000 guaranteed $800 buy-in Main Event, the winner of which will appear on the cover of Ante Up Magazine and get a seat in the 2018 Ante Up World Championship. But two unique events in particular this year should encourage players to come to Choctaw early and stay for the entire series, which boasts a total of $245,000 in guaranteed prize money.

On opening weekend, immediately after the $340 buy-in multi-day kickoff event with a $100,000 guarantee, will be the “One Day Mini Main,” a $390 buy-in event that mimics the Main Event.

“The One-Day Mini Main is exactly what it sounds like,” tournament director Dutsch said. “It features a $25,000 guarantee at half the buy-in of the Main Event. Many of our players said they wished there was a chance to play for something more substantial than the $230 buy-in deepstack we have typically had in that time slot. It’s designed to be over on Sunday so that it doesn’t conflict with many recreational players need to be back home on Monday.”

The $190 buy-in “Double Up” event takes place on Oct. 31.

“The ‘Double Up’ event is a new concept we are going to try this year,” Dutsch said. “Each player that cashes in the tournament will have the option to relinquish their winnings in exchange for two times the amount won in Pearl River Resort table games promotional chips. It will be interesting to see how many players take their prize in cash and how many players double it in promotional chips, with a chance to win an unlimited amount at the pit tables.”

The series also includes a $290 buy-in seniors event and six other no-limit hold’em events, a schedule honed over the past two years based on player feedback as the Pearl River Poker Open continues to grow.

“We knew from the beginning that this series would have to be built over time,” Dutsch said. “The goal is to provide today’s poker player with the same customer service experience that they would receive as a table games or slot player. Many poker players remember receiving this type of service before the poker boom and the corporatization of the casino experience. We wanted to bring it back and allow today’s players to enjoy that experience that they may have only heard about.”

To that end, Pearl River puts a premium on giving back to players in all the right ways.

“You can sum up what this series has come to be known for in one word - value,” Dutsch said. “It doesn’t matter whether you are talking about the seat-added megas, the $800 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Main Event, the Double Deepstack Monster Stack with an amazing structure, the $340 buy-in $100,000 guaranteed Event 1, table-side food service or the amazing hotel rates. Value for today’s players exists at Pearl River like nowhere else.”

Satellites are a big part of the value Pearl River gives to players, with 16 scheduled during the series, most of which feature added or guaranteed seats, and 20 more that will be held before the series starting as early as Aug. 17.

Cash game action is also heavy during Ante Up Poker Tour series, with limit and no-limit games available daily and big pot-limit Omaha games break out on weekends.

The Pearl River Poker Open plays out at in the upscale Time Out Lounge, which features 12 TVs so players don’t miss any of the college football or NFL action while playing in a comfortable and private area. Owned and operated by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, the two casino-resorts at Pearl River Resort together offer more than 1,000 hotel rooms, 2,400 slot machines, 59 table games and a 14-table poker room, as well as the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, Geyser Falls Water Theme Park and numerous dining and entertainment options.

“I am really looking forward to this year’s Poker Open,” said Neal Atkinson, director of table games. “It’s always very humbling to see all the support from the regional players and friends I have known for so long since my Tunica days. I hope the word is spreading and we will also see even more new faces this year! Now that I am Director of Table Games for three properties, I have the luxury of Poker Room Manager Denise Dahl and longtime colleague Paul and his crew to fulfill the vision of this growing tournament series.”

Schedule

Schedule subject to change

  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m. - EVENT #1 DAY 1A: $340 No-Limit Hold’em ($100,000 guaranteed)
  • Friday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m. - EVENT #1 DAY 1B: $340 No-Limit Hold’em ($100,000 guaranteed)
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. - EVENT #1 DAY 1C: $340 No-Limit Hold’em ($100,000 guaranteed)
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m. - EVENT #1 DAY 1D: $340 No-Limit Hold’em ($100,000 guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Oct. 29, noon - EVENT #1 DAY 2: $340 No-Limit Hold’em ($100,000 guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m. - EVENT #2: $390 No-Limit Hold’em One-Day Mini Main ($25,000 guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. - EVENT #3: $230 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack Turbo
  • Monday, Oct. 30, noon - EVENT #4: $290 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em ($20,000 guaranteed)
  • Monday, Oct. 30, 4 p.m. - EVENT #5: $230 No-Limit Hold’em
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31, noon - EVENT #6: $190 No-Limit Hold’em “Double Up” (Players have the option of taking their winnings in 2x promotional chips instead of cash)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. - EVENT #7: $230 No-Limit Hold’em
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, noon - EVENT #8: $230 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack
  • Thursday, Nov. 2, noon - EVENT #9: $340 No-Limit Hold’em Double Deep Monster Stack
  • Friday, Nov. 3, noon - MAIN EVENT DAY 1A: $800 No-Limit Hold’em ($100,000 guaranteed, winner gets on cover of December cover of Ante Up Magazine and a seat in the Main Event of the 2018 Ante Up World Championship)
  • Friday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 1B: $800 No-Limit Hold’em ($100,000 guaranteed, winner gets on cover of December cover of Ante Up Magazine and a seat in the Main Event of the 2018 Ante Up World Championship)
  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 1C: $800 No-Limit Hold’em ($100,000 guaranteed, winner gets on cover of December cover of Ante Up Magazine and a seat in the Main Event of the 2018 Ante Up World Championship)
  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 5 p.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 1D: $800 No-Limit Hold’em ($100,000 guaranteed, winner gets on cover of December cover of Ante Up Magazine and a seat in the Main Event of the 2018 Ante Up World Championship)
  • Sunday, Nov. 5, noon - MAIN EVENT DAY 2: $800 No-Limit Hold’em ($100,000 guaranteed, winner gets on cover of December cover of Ante Up Magazine and a seat in the Main Event of the 2018 Ante Up World Championship)
  • Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. - EVENT #11: $190 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack

Structures

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Click here for structures for pre-event Main Event satellites
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Satellites

  • Thursday, Aug. 17, 6 p.m. - $50 for Event #1 (five seats guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Aug. 20, noon - $50 for Event #1 (five seats guaranteed)
  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m. - $75 for Main Event (two seats added)
  • Sunday, Aug. 27, noon - $75 for Main Event (two seats added)
  • Thursday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m. - $50 for Event #1 (five seats guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Sept. 3, noon - $50 for Event #1 (five seats guaranteed)
  • Thursday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m. - $75 for Main Event (two seats added)
  • Sunday, Sept. 10, noon - $75 for Main Event (two seats added)
  • Thursday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m. - $50 for Event #1 (five seats guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Sept. 17, noon - $50 for Event #1 (five seats guaranteed)
  • Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m. - $75 for Main Event (two seats added)
  • Sunday, Sept. 24, noon - $75 for Main Event (two seats added)
  • Thursday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. - $50 for Event #1 (five seats guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Oct. 1, noon - $50 for Event #1 (five seats guaranteed)
  • Thursday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m. - $75 for Main Event (two seats added)
  • Sunday, Oct. 8, noon - $75 for Main Event (two seats added)
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m. - $50 for Event #1 (five seats guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Oct. 15, noon - $50 for Event #1 (five seats guaranteed)
  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m. - $75 for Main Event (two seats added)
  • Sunday, Oct. 22, noon - $75 for Main Event (two seats added)
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, noon - $50 for Event #1 (three seats added)
  • Friday, Oct. 27, noon - $50 for Event #1 (three seats added)
  • Friday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m. - $50 for Event #1 (three seats added)
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m. - $110 Main Event Mega (four seats added)
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m. - $90 Main Event Super with $40 rebuys (two seats guaranteed)
  • Sunday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. - $60 for Event #2 (three seats added)
  • Sunday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. - $90 Main Event Super with $40 rebuys (two seats guaranteed)
  • Monday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. - $90 Main Event Super with $40 rebuys (two seats guaranteed)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. - $90 Main Event Super with $40 rebuys (two seats guaranteed)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m. - $110 Main Event Mega (four seats added)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m. - $90 Main Event Super with $40 rebuys (two seats guaranteed)
  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m. - $110 Main Event Mega (four seats added)
  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m. - $90 Main Event Super with $40 rebuys (two seats guaranteed)
  • Friday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. - $110 Main Event Mega
  • Friday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m. - $110 Main Event Mega
  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. - $110 Main Event Mega

History

This will be the fourth Ante Up Poker Tour event at Pearl River Resort.

March 23-April 2, 2017

  • Event #1 - Champion: Matthew Higgins
  • Event #2 - Champion: Donald Kelly
  • Event #3 - Champion: Dustin Stewart
  • Event #4 - Champion: Edward Boyd
  • Event #5 - Champion: Mitchell Mittclmark
  • Event #6 - Champion: Dustin Stewart
  • Event #7 - Champion: Byron Doggett
  • Event #8 - Champion: James Davis
  • Event #9 - Champion: Joe Smith
  • Event #10 - Champion: Philip McCormack
  • Event #11 - Champion: Roderick McPherson
  • Event #12 - Champion: Corey Harrison
  • Main Event Champion: Robert Veazey

October 28-November 6, 2016

  • Event #1 - Champion: Bryne Wilson
  • Event #2 - Champion: William Philips
  • Event #3 - Champion: Ralph Reid
  • Event #4 - Champion: Paul Hebert
  • Event #5 - Champion: Paul Hebert
  • Event #6 - Champion: Herman Shumaker
  • Event #7 - Champion: Douglas Goolsby
  • Main Event - Champion: Bryne Wilson
  • Event #9 - Champion: Epheium Shelton

October 1-12, 2015

  • Event #1 - Champion: Timothy Wilkinson
  • Event #2 - Champion: Karl Chesser
  • Event #3 - Champion: Byrne Wilson
  • Event #4 - Champion: Stanley Avery
  • Event #5 - Champion: Randy Garber
  • Event #6 - Champion: Thomas Furman
  • Event #7 - Champion: Tommy Adams
  • Event #8 - Champion: Chris Watkins
  • Event #9 - Champion: Mark Pharo
  • Event #10 - Champion: James Jackson
  • Event #11 - Champion: William Anderson
  • Event #12 - Champion: William Higginbotham
  • Event #14 (Main Event) - Champion: Schulyer Thornton
  • Event #15 - Champion: Mario Pizarro