Big poker rewards are in Nevada’s little city



I always hear about poker rooms offering rewards for cash-game play, but as a Reno local, I have to admit I’m excited about what the El Dorado has planned. Starting Oct. 7, and continuing on the first Sunday of every month, the poker room is running a $10K guarantee tournament for $100 for those who qualify. This will be a deepstack tourney with 10K chips and 20-minute rounds. Play 25 hours of cash the previous month, or place first or second in any daily tournament to qualify.

The daily events start at 10 every morning for $30, plus Wednesday and Thursday nights at 6, and a $40 Tuesday event at 6. If players split the prize pools in the dailies, then first and second will be determined by chip count. With so many tournaments offered, and receiving credit for cash play, players will have plenty of opportunities to secure a spot in the monthly event.

The El Dorado is offering is the last Friday of the month freeroll, which adds $500 in bounties to the $2K pool, so the final 25 players each have a $10 bounty. If you should be so lucky to knock out poker room manager Margie Heintz, you’ll receive $250.

The qualifications for this freeroll are similar to the monthly $10K: 25 hours of live play, or make the money in any of the dailies. A rebuy of $25 is offered for the first three levels for 3,500 chips. View all of the tournament details and other promotions at

— Leslie Pauls is the Ante Up Ambassador for Reno and pro poker player. Email her at

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