In Ohio, cash games thriving, tournaments offered



If you pay attention to the Bravo Live App, the numbers are obvious: We like our poker in Ohio and two months into casino poker the numbers are remaining consistently strong. Here’s the lowdown if you’re considering taking your shot:

The Hollywood Casino near Toledo features mainly $1-$2 no-limit hold’em and $3-$6 limit with a $2-$5 game popping up every weekend. Hollywood’s poker room manager Peter Lau is the first off the line with tournaments offering a wide selection of player-friendly weekly action with $40-$120 buy-ins and fields averaging 75 players.

The Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland is much more exotic in terms of cash-game action and number of games. As is always the case $1-$2 action is most popular with on average 10-15 tables per day. But the big story is the scope and size of the other games. There are always multiple tables of $2-$5 NLHE, $1-$2 PLO, $2-$5 PLO, $3-$6 and $5-10 limit, plus $5-$10 PLO and higher depending on the day.

Tournaments are coming soon, and likely will be offered twice a week, NLHE and PLO. … that’s right, PLO. Manager Jeremy Smith has said the PLO tourney will have one rebuy and the NLHE event will be a freezeout.

Also there’s likely to be a monthly tournament at Horseshoe in the $500 buy-in range.

And finally, it’s official: The World Series of Poker Circuit is coming to Cleveland on March 14-25. After years of traveling all over the Midwest and beyond to play the circuit, the circuit is coming to us.

— Dan Harkenrider is Ante Up’s Ohio Ambassador. He hosts the Division of Poker and Chris Moneymaker radio shows. Email him at and follow him on Twitter @DivisionofPoker.

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