Sycuan Casino embracing technology, promos

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Feel like playing in a live game but not sure what games your favorite poker room has going at the moment? If you have an iPhone or Android you’re in luck. Bravo Poker Live, an application that’s linked to the Bravo systems used nationwide, is now being used by some of the San Diego-area poker rooms, including Sycuan Casino.
I recently chatted with poker room manager Tim Briggs in his beautiful non-smoking poker room and he told me how the system works.

You simply open the app, select the poker room of choice and the current games list is instantly displayed. If you want to be sure the information is accurate or would like to put your name on the waiting list, simply scroll down to the phone number, touch and be connected. Don’t you love technology?

Sycuan, which has $2 comps per hour for live play, is the only room in the San Diego area running World Series of Poker super satellites (Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 until May 1).

The buy-in is $54 with no rebuys or add-ons; the top 10 percent of the field gets paid and the top 15 finishers advance to the June satellite where the winner will be awarded the WSOP main event seat and spending money.

NEW MORONGO MANAGER: Morongo Casino Resort and Spa recently welcomed an addition to its poker room staff. John Momaney has taken over as poker room manager. While new to this particular position, he’s certainly not new to Morongo.

This retired U.S. Air Force veteran, who served 26 years, joined Morongo as a poker dealer in 1993. He worked his way up the ranks to assistant general manager/marketing director before retiring in 2010. He was asked to return in 2011 as a consultant, which he turned down, instead opting to return to full-time employment, which led to this position. His long-range goal is to play golf seven days a week.

PALA WINTER OPEN: Lisa Fortman of Encinitas, Calif., captured the Pala Winter Poker Open on Feb. 26, besting Frank Cortese of San Diego for $8,575 and the River Card trophy. Cortese took home $4,862 for second place as the main event attracted 286 entries for a $28,600 prize pool. For full series results, click here.

TOURNAMENT UPDATE: Because of popular demand, Viejas Casino’s Friday $65 deepstack tournament changes to the $120 deepstack the first Friday of every month. The starting stacks, blinds and levels all remain the same. However, the prize pool is twice as juicy.

— LoriAnn Persinger is Ante Up’s Southern Calinfornia Ambassador. Email her atanteuploriann@gmail.com.