Gretna opens new room to packed house

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The poker room at Creek Entertainment Gretna opened its doors in December with a grand-opening party that packed the house with an excited player base. On I-10 at the Greensboro/Gretna exit just west of Tallahassee in Gadsden County, the poker room offers 24 tables, numerous flatscreen TVs and the Stables Bar & Grill. Players from south Alabama, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle are thrilled to have another poker option. Gretna, a barrel racing facility, is open daily 10 a.m.-4 a.m. and runs 24 hours from 10 a.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday.

Though Gretna offers to spread all games, the most common is $1-$2 no-limit hold’em with a $40-$200 min-max buy-in.

Bigger games, such as $2-$5 NLHE ($200 min, no cap), run on the weekends, as well as a variety of mixed cash games from H.O.R.S.E., stud, PLO/NLHE, lowball and badugi.

And if you’re looking for bigger-buy-in limit hold’em Gretna is more than happy to accommodate the action.
As for tournaments, $50 events are every Friday and Saturday with a $3K guarantee, plus Sundays will be $100 for a $3K guarantee. The last Sunday every month hosts a $20K guarantee ($500) that runs $100 super satellites Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 1.

Three $750 events with $50K guarantees are planned for the last weekend in April and July.
In September, Gretna will combine with sister property Pensacola to host a $250K guarantee ($2,500 buy-in) with Gretna hosting the final table of the multiple-day event.

Be sure to check our Where To Play pages in the back of the magazine for promotions. If you’re planning a trip to the Tallahassee area and want to play poker, you would do yourself a big favor by stopping by Gretna’s poker room.

NEW MANAGER: Hamilton Jai-Alai’s poker room in Jasper recently named Mike Girgis poker room manager. He got his first dealer job at the Orange Park Kennel Club in 2009, then hit the tournament trail from Atlantic City to Oregon, dealing events for the World Series and World Poker Tour. He took over as Hamilton manager at the end of 2011 and is working to improve the facilities and promotions for an expanding player base.

HPT BACK AT DBKC: The Heartland Poker Tour returns to Daytona Beach Kennel Club on Feb. 3-13. The HPT made its Florida debut at DBKC in October, attracting more than 350 players.
Pros Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle will host a bounty tournament on Feb. 9, with a $2,000 jackpot as well as sign autographs and meet the players. The players winning a qualifying seat from Feb. 1-5 get invited to the VIP HPT Party.

— Troy Lennon is the Ante Up Ambassador for North Florida. Email him at anteuptroy@gmail.com.