Tourney season picking up in Delaware

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Dover Downs hosts the Harley-Davidson tournament Aug. 20 in its Crown Royal Poker Room. The buy-in is $280 for 8K chips (See ad at left). The grand prize is a 2011 Harley-Davidson FLSTN Soft Tail Deluxe motorcycle. The room also hosts the Delaware Championship on Sept. 10. Satellites will run through Aug. 31.

• Not to be outdone, Delaware Park hosts the $100K guarantee Ironman Challenge on Aug. 20. This tournament costs $550 for 50,000 chips and 60-minute levels. Once started, the tournament plays to completion with a minimal break schedule. The structure is such that the event may last more than 30 hours to find the true Ironman of Delaware.

• Hollywood Casino at Charles Town continues to have an active poker room. Many times, all 30 tables are playing at capacity, so it’ll be expanding to accommodate more players. In the meantime, this leaves little room for tournaments, but they do take place on Tuesday (11 a.m., $150) and Wednesday (7 p.m., $250).

• Charity tournaments in Southern Maryland are less frequent this time of the year. The tournaments are usually about two thirds of the normal size, but there’s still a lot of poker to be played. A list of most of the tournaments can be found at somd.com/calendar/index.cgi.

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