Capitol Casino: a great way to kill a day

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With summer almost over, the children back in school and the camping gear put away for the season, it’s time to focus on some local poker. What a great time of year to watch an NFL game, some postseason baseball and participate in America’s No. 1 sport: poker.

If you find yourself in or near downtown Sacramento, you need to check out the Capitol Casino at 411 N. 16th Street. I asked tournament director and floor manager Mark Pritechett what sets his club apart from the competition.

“We create a more comfortable atmosphere,” he said. “Check out any of the local establishments and you will find that we have the best, most comfortable place to play in Sacramento.”

Featuring 10 poker tables and five Asian games, a full bar, an extensive menu and lots of player promotions, it’s easy to see why the Capitol is so popular.

With 10 a.m. tournaments Monday-Friday, you can invest as little as $30 for a shot at the prize pool. On the second Saturday of each month, you can plunk down $220 for the 11 a.m. deepstack events with a $20K guarantee. High-hand bonuses of $200 are paid three times a day, and if you happen to catch the elusive royal flush, you’ll win $200-$500. The bad-beat jackpot has a quad eights qualifier, or you can win the mini bad-beat pool if you have aces full of jacks beaten by quads or better.

Just around the corner is Summer Splash Part 2. To qualify for the big drawing on Sept. 15, you need to get a players card and then play cash games. For each full house or better, you’ll receive a raffle ticket. Bring all of your raffle tickets to the room on Sept. 15 as drawings begin at 10 a.m. You could win an iPad 3, an Xbox, a home-theater system or the grand prize: an Alaskan cruise for two.

For more information, check out capitol-casino.com.

OTHER NEWS: Candida Ross-Powers won Thunder Valley’s Players Championship. Look for more on this event in our next issue. … There’s still time to qualify for the Oaks Club Player of the Year every Sunday at 1 p.m. The top 10 players at the end of the year each receive a cash prize. … The Livermore Casino has changed its structure for the 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday tournaments to a bounty format. With a $70 buy-in and $20 bounties, it’s definitely worth checking out.

— Bret Miller is the Ante Up Ambassador for Northern California. Email him at anteupbret@gmail.com.