Big cash poker games emerging in Michigan

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Motor City Casino is promoting a new $300-$2,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha game with $5-$10 blinds. It starts at noon on Thursdays and for a limited time a reduced $5 rake is being collected every 30 minutes. Be sure to call ahead to check on these details.

North of Detroit, Cada’s Poker Room in Sterling Heights has been spreading a Saturday night PLO/8 game at 7. The game has run round by round with stud/8 from time to time, but mostly runs as PLO/8. Players say it’s a welcome change among the sea of no-limit hold’em tables.

Even further north, Soaring Eagle has confirmed the Heartland Poker Tour will not be making a stop at its casino this year. There was no reason given for the change in the schedule, and HPT representatives could not be reached for comment. This leaves Michigan with no tournament series in 2012.

•The Showers of Cash promotion is still going at Greektown Casino in downtown Detroit. One of the local players claimed to have 300 tickets in the drum recently. That’s what happens when the prize pool rolls up to $1,200. Dealers confirmed the promotion has been a big hit, and players come in trying to catch some of the cash being given away on Tuesdays.

— Frank Panama and Gambit Gras are Ante Up’s Michigan Ambassadors. They host the Michigan Poker Monster weekly podcast at mipokermonster.com. Email them at anteupmichigan@gmail.com.