Derby Lane hosts WPT; Silks launches fundraiser



What better way to cure your long summer Vegas hangover than by playing more poker? The Tampa Bay area has a couple of choices to scratch your itch for more action.
Derby Lane in St. Petersburg is hosting the larger of the events with its World Poker Tour Regional Rebound Series. Satellites for the main event will run July 6-7 as the series starts July 8. This series has something for everyone, including an all-in event, turbo, seniors and some pot-limit Omaha.

The WPT has had major success with its regional events across the Sunshine State. Players get the opportunity for larger prize pools and recognition from the poker community. Buy-ins range from $150 to the $1,600 main event. The main has two starting days (July 14-15) and will play until July 16. You’ll get 30K units and Day 1 will have 40-minute levels. Day 2 will be bumped to one-hour levels.

Another tournament you should check out is the All In for the Raileys fundraiser event at the Silks Poker Room at Tampa Bay Downs on July 11. This is a charity tournament/send-off party for Zach and Paige Railey, who are U.S. Olympic sailors from Clearwater, Fla.

The send-off party is 5 p.m. and the tournament kicks off at 6. The $70 entry fee includes hor d’oeuvres, beer, wine, soda and water, and 2K units to play the tournament. There will be $20 rebuys allowed for the first hour and the tournament pays top-10 finishers. This is a great opportunity to show support the U.S. Olympic team.

ALL-BOUNTY: Club 52 in Melbourne is hosting an all-bounty event on July 7 at 1 p.m. Entry is $120.

— Garrett Roth is the Ante Up Ambassador for Central Florida and the Where to Play editor. Email him at and follow him on Twitter @GarrettRoth.

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