Jessie Abulencia of Virginia Beach, Va., captured the Delaware Poker Championship on Sept. 9 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, beating a field of nearly 190 players, Abulencia earned $22K from the $74K prize pool, as the final table played for two hours.
“I feel unbelievable,” said Abulencia, the 33-year-old owner of a janitorial service who is now the proud owner of a championship bracelet and trophy. “It was a good rush. I’m stoked.”
Abulencia said he’ll spend some of the money to take his family on vacation to Florida in December.
In other Dover Downs news, the poker room has began an Ante Up Poker League, and the player with the most points on Dec. 12 will win an Ante Up Poker Cruise package and a personalized champion’s jacket. And there’s still plenty of time to join.
Players earn points in the Wednesday 7 p.m. tournaments until Dec. 12, earning two points for playing a tournament, and players who cash earn bonus points based on their finish in the event and the number of entrants. Details are available in the poker room.
The top player wins a superior oceanview Ante Up Poker Cruise package for two for the Feb. 4 sailing, a personalized Ante Up league champion jacket and will have their photo printed in Ante Up.
For more information, visit doverdowns.com or call (302) 857-3275. For more information on the Ante Up Poker Cruise, visit anteupcruises.com or call (727) 331-4335.
Poker rooms around the country are invited to participate in the Ante Up Poker League, which allows players to compete on a regular basis to earn points toward winning an Ante Up Poker Cruise package and champion’s jacket. Poker rooms interested in this should contact Scott Long at (727) 331-4335.
WORLD RECORD AT DELAWARE PARK: Delaware Park set a record for the longest continuous poker tournament. The casino hosted the IronMan Challenge on Aug. 25-27, setting the record at 36 hours, 34 minutes. Peter Konas of the Czech Republic won the event for $27,160.
MARYLAND: The Maryland legislature passed a referendum to be voted on in the Nov. 6 election that would allow for table games (including poker) to be played at the casinos in the state. Question 7 on the ballot would also allow for an additional casino to be built in Prince Georges County. If the referendum is passed there could be poker at six casinos throughout Maryland. Specifically, the ballot question reads as follows:
Question 7: Gaming Expansion Referendum
Do you favor the expansion of commercial gaming in the State of Maryland for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education to authorize video lottery operation licensees to operate “table games” as defined by law; to increase from 15,000 to 16,500 the maximum number of video lottery terminals that may be operated in the State; and to increase from 5 to 6 the maximum number of video lottery operation licenses that may be awarded in the State and allow a video lottery facility to operate in Prince George’s County?
Be sure to get out and vote!
— Michael Young is the Ante Up Ambassador for the Mid-Atlantic area. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.