Tampa Bay Downs

ANTE UP POKER TOUR AT TAMPA BAY DOWNS

February 4-10, 2019
Silks Poker Room at Tampa Bay Downs
Tampa, Florida

About the Property

Tampa Bay Downs is one of Florida’s premier thoroughbred racing tracks, with live racing running from December to May, a luxurious 23-table poker room, great dining options and a golf facility on-site.
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Accommodations

  • Several hotel options for all budgets are a convenient drive from Tampa Bay Downs. Click here for a list of hotel recommended by Tampa Bay Downs.

Amenities

  • Silks Poker Room: Daily tournaments, cash games and player-banked card games in a luxurious setting. Players enjoy free soft drinks, tableside dining and massages, plenty of plasma TVs to watch all of the sports action, free wi-fi and convenient access to pari-mutuel wagering windows.
  • Racing: Live thoroughbred racing takes place every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the annual meet, which runs through May 5.
  • Golf: The Downs Golf Practice Facility features a driving range, PGA instruction and a pro shop.
  • Dining: Four restaurants and several concession stands, including Skye Terrace (fine dining), Silks Bar & Grille (inside the poker room), Riders Up! (trackside bar) and The Sports Gallery (tableside service).

Airport
Tampa International Airport (TPA) is 12 miles from Tampa Bay Downs, and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) is 13 miles away.

Event Overview

By Scott Long

The Ante Up Poker Tour returns to its home state of Florida with a championship series Feb. 4-10 at The Silks Poker Room at Tampa Bay Downs.

The six-event series kicks off with a $10,000 guaranteed $160 no-limit event and concludes with a $60,000 guaranteed Main Event, which features an affordable $250 buy-in, five flights and will put the winner on the cover of Ante Up Magazine and in the Ante Up World Championship Main Event in July.

“We hoped to add some value to the Main Event by putting together a Main Event that would draw a diverse group of players at a price point that could work for all players,” said Patrick Murphy, director of poker operations for The Silks. “The hope is to blow past the $60,000 guarantee.”

Value is on display not just in the Main Event, but throughout the series, as the five preliminary events have buy-ins of $130-$230 with $35,000 in guaranteed prize money, for a total of $95,000 for the entire series.

“The series was designed for all players with affordable events but still with attractive guarantees on the prize pools,” Murphy said. “Some unique events in the series are a $5,000 guaranteed Seniors event for players 50 and older, a $5,000 guaranteed Monster Stack with 40,000 starting chips and and a $10,000 guaranteed event with $50 knockout bounties.”

But the best value in the series starts several weeks before the event, as Murphy has put together aggressive promotions throughout the month of January to give daily tournament players numerous chances to win satellite seats or even Main Event seats.

“The satellites and giveaways leading up to the event create a buzz and help the tournaments success in meeting and exceeded the guaranteed prize pools,” Murphy said.

For every tournament in January, the first five flushes win a $30 seat in the next satellite, the high hand in Level 2 wins a seat in the Feb. 7 Step 2 satellite and the high hand in Level 3 wins a Main Event entry. Also, players getting a four of a kind win a $55 tournament voucher good for any tournament, players getting a straight flush win an Event #1 entry and players getting a royal flush win a Main Event seat. In addition, $30 satellites are scheduled for Jan. 10 and 17 (Event #1) and Jan. 24 and 31 (Main Event). During the series, two step satellites will run. The first is $25 and awards seats in the Step 2 event, which is $85 and awards Main Event seats.

Tampa Bay Downs is one of Florida’s premier thoroughbred racing tracks, with live racing running from December to May, a luxurious 23-table poker room, great dining options and a golf facility on-site. The poker room runs cash games and tournaments daily.

“On a daily basis, we offer $1/$1 no-limit hold’em, $1/$2 no-limit hold’em, $1/$3 no-limit hold’em and $2/$5 no-limit hold’em. We also spread $5/$5 pot-limit Omaha and $5/$5/$10 no-limit hold’em a few days a week,” Murphy said. “We have four designated-player games - Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Three Card Poker, Crazy 4 Poker and High Card Flush.”

Silks also offers a number of amenities to poker players.

“Enjoy complimentary soft drinks, dining and cocktail service while you play, tableside massages and plasma TV screens airing live sporting events and simulcast racing from across the country
and a view of the racetrack finish line from almost every table,” Murphy said.

And Tampa Bay Downs is only a few miles from Ante Up headquarters.

“The Silks Poker Room tries to offer our players a wide range of daily tournaments, promotions and the chance to compete in tournament series and events with bigger guarantees,” Murphy said. “The Ante Up Poker Tour was a natural fit, being a locally based company and having a long relationship of working together to help advertise our room.”

Schedule

Schedule subject to change

  • Monday, February 4, 6 p.m. - EVENT #1: $160 No-Limit Hold'em ($10,000 guaranteed)
  • Tuesday, February 5, 1 p.m. - EVENT #2: $130 Seniors (50 and older) No-Limit Hold'em ($5,000 guaranteed)
  • Tuesday, February 5, 6 p.m. - EVENT #3: $130 No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack ($5,000 guaranteed)
  • Wednesday, February 6, 1 p.m. - EVENT #4: $130 No-Limit Hold'em ($5,000 guaranteed)
  • Wednesday, February 6, 6 p.m. - EVENT #5: $230 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout ($50 bounties, $10,000 guaranteed)
  • Thursday, February 7, 6 p.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 1A: $250 No-Limit Hold'em ($60,000 guaranteed, live reporting by Poker News)
  • Friday, February 8, 1 p.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 1B: $250 No-Limit Hold'em ($60,000 guaranteed, live reporting by Poker News)
  • Friday, February 8, 6 p.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 1C: $250 No-Limit Hold'em ($60,000 guaranteed, live reporting by Poker News)
  • Saturday, February 9, 1 p.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 1D: $250 No-Limit Hold'em ($60,000 guaranteed, live reporting by Poker News)
  • Saturday, February 9, 6 p.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 1E: $250 No-Limit Hold'em ($60,000 guaranteed, live reporting by Poker News)
  • Sunday, February 10, 1 p.m. - MAIN EVENT DAY 2: $250 No-Limit Hold'em ($60,000 guaranteed, live reporting by Poker News)

Structures

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Satellites

Schedule subject to change

  • Every tournament in January - First five flushes win $30 seat in next satellite; high hand in Level 2 wins Feb. 7 Step 2 entry; high hand in Level 3 wins Main Event entry; four of a kind wins $55 tournament voucher (good for any tournament), straight flush wins Event #1 entry, royal flush wins Main Event entry.
  • Thursday, January 10, 6 p.m. - $30 satellite for Event #1
  • Thursday, January 17, 6 p.m. - $30 satellite for Event #1
  • Thursday, January 24, 6 p.m. - $30 satellite for Event #5
  • Thursday, January 31, 6 p.m. - $30 satellite for Event #5
  • Monday, February 4, 1 p.m. - $25 (optional $20 add-on), every $85 in prize pool awards Step 2 entry
  • Thursday, February 7, noon - $85 (optional $20 add-on), every $240 in prize pool awards Main Event entry

History

This is the first year for this event.