Four Winds gets poker table upgrades

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Four Winds Casino recently upgraded its PokerPro electronic tables. Tournament players now can check the leaderboard on their screen to see where they are, plus they can rebuy or add on with just a click of the button.

“PokerPro’s newest multitable tournament enhancements offer features that are simply not possible on a manual table,” PokerTek CEO Mark Roberson said. “Rebuys and add-ons are now fast and easy, while the tournament leaderboard provides real-time information that gives players unparalleled visibility to tournament standings and chip stacks.”

Upgrades have been well-received among the regulars. During a recent Saturday $50 tournament, Old Man Bob scanned the leaderboard and announced, “LRaiser is now leading with over 100,000.” Chatter started at the tables about Jose Torres, a.k.a. LRaiser, the recent champ at the Horseshoe. Torres, who started playing poker on the PokerPro tables, has become a local hero.

• Majestic Star’s poker room has reduced the max rake on all games to $3 between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Majestic Star will be keeping a close eye on state lawmakers as they consider approving land-based casinos. With increased competition from Illinois on the horizon, moving to a land-based casino off the Borman Expressway has the support from Gary leaders.

• Harrah’s Joliet is running a deepstack $1-$3 no-limit hold’em table on Mondays and Wednesdays. This game has $100-$300 min-max buy-in and players are allowed to buy-in or reload to the largest stack at the table. The room has had great turnouts with lots of action.

• Potawatomi Casino’s $100,000 Autumn Feast NLHE tournament is Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. Buy-in is $550 with an optional $30 add-on. Registration ends Nov. 12. For more information, go to paysbig.com or call 414-847-7605.

• Sept. 16-17 turned out to be one of the busiest weekends of the year for charity poker. Aces Up held its event at the River East Art Center on Sept. 16 to support Urban Prep Academies. Former Illinois treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Urban Prep Founder and CEO Tim King, TV personality Richard Roeper and ex-Bear Chris Zorich hosted this event.

On Sept. 17, Majestic Star Casino held a charity event benefiting Tradewinds Services. Windy City Poker Championship’s Kirk Fallah and Jason Finn were back this year to emcee this event. Since 1967, Tradewinds has been helping thousands of children and adults with special needs, equipping them with the tools and training.

— “Chicago” Joe Gieturga is the Ante Up Ambassador for the Chicagoland area. You can email him at chicago.joe@comcast.net.