Arizona poker tournament season is here



Arizona poker continues to grow each year, just as it has nationally, and area casinos are taking notice by adding new annual, and in some cases seasonal, deepstack no-limit hold’em tournaments to attract players from all over the country.

Casino Arizona’s Talking Stick Resort recently launched its inaugural $370 Winter Poker Classic, which had a capped field of 400 entries and saw Chris Cronin take down first place, winning more than $50K.

Early spring is the best time to visit Arizona, with perfect 80-degree weather, spring-training baseball and many other major events, including Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino’s annual Poker Roundup on April 12-22, with $50,000 added to the prize pool.

Looking ahead, don’t forget the eighth annual Arizona State Poker Championship (Aug. 10-14, $1,070) is right around the corner at Talking Stick’s poker room, a.k.a. the Arena.

LOCAL BUZZ: The idea of TVs in poker rooms isn’t anything new, but Talking Stick has taken it to another level with a giant scoreboard TV that practically assures everyone has a great viewing seat.
With all players able to see what’s on TV, the sports promotions seem to have doubled in size and has been a great addition to the Arizona poker scene.

— Brian Fanzo is Ante Up’s Arizona Ambassador. Email him at

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