Meskwaki Bingo Hotel Casino hosted a Mid-States Poker Tour event the last week of March that drew 349 players to the main event, easily surpassing $300K guarantee. When the smoke cleared, Muneer Ahmed from Dassel, Minn., took the top spot, earning $89,184 for the weekend. He said he considered selling the entry he won from a satellite, but his wife convinced him to play. I hope she gets a good cut. The highest finishing Iowan was Mark Butler from Tiffin, who finished fifth and took home $16,827.
ONLINE NEWS: The Iowa Senate recently approved a bill to regulate online poker, but the House declined to bring the bill to a vote this session. Effectively this kills the effort, at least for now, for Iowa to take a lead in regulating the online game we all enjoy. Hopefully we’ll see another push in the next session.
— Ken Warren is the Ante Up Ambassador for Iowa. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.