Harrah’s Rincon and WSOPC move to this month

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If it seems the World Series of Poker Circuit at Harrah’s Rincon has come around again pretty quickly, it’s not your imagination. The annual event, normally in March, runs Dec. 6-17. 

The series will, as always, feature ring and non-ring events as buy-ins start at $250 (non-ring seniors and ladies events) and go up to $1,675 for the three-day main event, which should attract some big names. 

In addition to the nightly tournaments, satellites and cash-game action, the Wounded Warrior Project charity event will be Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. This non-ring event has a $135 buy-in and is for an excellent cause.

PALA CASINO: Alan Ho’s {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds} topped Dana Katzenmeier’s 10C-7C when Ho went all-in Oct. 28, and the San Diego player won $6,558 from a $27,125 prize pool at Hallo-Weekend poker championship at Pala Casino. Katzenmeier, from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., won $3,485 for second place. The three-day tournament hosted 169 players and paid the top 20 spots.

On Nov, 3, Pala, along with former Ante Up SoCal Ambassador Kittie Aleman, hosted a Ladies International Poker Series tournament. Though I was fortunate enough to make the final table, I finished out of the money. The final six ladies opted for a chop. Faye Asgari of La Mesa, Calif., won $646 and a $250 seat in next year’s LIPS championship in Las Vegas. The other five players each took home $400.

VIEJAS TOURNAMENTS: The Viejas poker room has deepstack turbos on Friday and Saturday mornings at 10 for $40. There are no rebuys or add-ons and players receive 7,500 chips with 15-minute levels. 

Also, the room still has its popular military tournament on Saturday night. The buy-in is normally $47, but is only $7 with a valid military ID. A word of caution: There are unlimited $10 rebuys the first hour and one optional add-on at the end of the first hour, so the action can sometimes get a little crazy.

Finally, if you visit the Viejas Casino website and click on “poker” you can watch video clips of Dale Wolfe, the poker room manager, giving poker tips.

— LoriAnn Persinger is Ante Up’s Southern California Ambassador. Email her at anteuploriann@gmail.com.