Poker is alive and well in Dodge City



Boot Hill Casino and Resort has brought live poker back to an area so richly steeped in poker’s history and tradition. Because of high customer demand, the property added a poker room that reflects the area’s deep roots in poker. The Steve Walker Memorial Poker Room at Boot Hill Casino and Resort is the epitome of Kansas City poker. Director of table games Andrew Owens is looking forward to expanding the poker venue in the months to come. Business has been booming since the opening of the poker room, so watch for bigger and better things to come from this Dodge City poker room.

WinStar wraps another successful River Series

A hearty congratulations goes out to WinStar World poker room manager Jay Wiles for another strong effort with this year’s $4 million guarantee River Poker Tournament Series. Players and media members who attended the event from around the country are most impressed with “how nice” and “how polite” the players and people are in Oklahoma. 

This year’s series was covered live online by Ante Up partner PokerNews. As has become River tradition, thousands of players from all over the United States converged on Thackerville to compete in the richest guaranteed prize pool in the country, as well as the legendary cash games. Hosts Greg Raymer and Maria Ho were always present throughout the series at the tables or conversing with players.
Aaron Massey, a Chicago native, captured the $2,100 main event for $651K.

DOWNSTREAM NEWS: Downstream Casino hosts its first Mid-States Poker Tour event this month (Oct. 5) with qualifiers and satellites running until the start of the $1,100 main event, which ends Oct. 7. Poker room manager Dale Hunter is expecting a great turnout of players from the tri-state area of Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Downstream Casino offers players a modern comfortable resort atmosphere with all the amenities, centrally located near Joplin, Mo.
— Bonnie Demos is Ante Up’s Oklahoma Ambassador. Email her at

$4M River Series, WinStar Casino, Aug. 16-Sept. 3
Event 1 • $330 NLHE
Entries: 1,022 • Pool: $306,675
Frank Berry, $56,714
Event 2 • $550 PLO
Entries: 148 • Pool: $74,100
Joe Gryabill, $20,712
Event 3 • $550 NLHE
Entries: 230 • Pool: $113,950
Song Traymany, $25K
Event 4 • $440 Bounty
Entries: 344 • Pool: $103,200
Jason Sternberg, $16,357
Event 5 • $440 NLHE
Entries: 451 • Pool: $250K
Clifton Stewart, $46,875
Event 6 • $1,050 NLHE
Entries: 340 • Pool: $340K
Clinton Baker, $68K
Event 7 • $5K No Juice
Entries: 67 • Pool: $335K
Jim Carroll, $90,505
$2,100 Main Event
Entries: 1,394 • Pool: $2.78M
Aaron Massey, $651,559
Event 9 • $1,050 NLHE
Entries: 290 • Pool: $290K
Shane Allen, $24,785

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