Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington will host the Southeast Iowa Poker Classic on Nov. 7-12. This annual event typically is in October, but was pushed to November to accommodate player requests.
Event 1 is a $125 no-limit hold’em tournament on Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. Event 2 (Nov. 8, 3 p.m.) is a $180 NLHE deepstack affair. Event 3 ($150) is Nov. 9 and Event 4 ($230, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.) is pot-limit Omaha. There certainly aren’t many PLO tournaments in Iowa so I’m especially excited about this one. Also, there’s a $230 NLHE bounty event at 4 p.m. that same day.
The $560 main event begins at noon on Nov. 11, but the final table will play out on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. This schedule is pending approval from the Iowa Gaming Board so please call the poker room before making plans.
Catfish Bend Casino is on the smaller side, but a fine place. I’m always treated well by the staff and it’s somewhat of a family destination with an indoor-outdoor water park and an arcade with bowling, go-carts, laser tag, etc. attached to the same hotel. The poker room has just four tables, but it does mix it up with Omaha and stud, which means more variety than some of the bigger rooms. The manager is Mark Whetstone and he can be reached at the poker room if you have any questions. Call 866-792-9948.
HORSESHOE: Stan Schrier captured Horseshoe Council Bluffs’ first Tournament of Champions freeroll, qualifying to play at the “Horseshoe Final Table” in June to win a seat in the World Series of Poker Main Event. The Horseshoe poker room will qualify one player per month for the final table.
— Ken Warren is Ante Up’s Iowa Ambassador. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.