Changes in St. Louis poker stirring competition



The conversion from Harrah’s St. Louis to Hollywood Casino St. Louis is complete. After a few computer glitches, Hollywood is in full swing. The poker room has been renamed the Hollywood Poker Open Poker Room. New felts and chips are in play and the room has a brighter look. While Hollywood is still the busiest room in the St. Louis area, other casinos have used this time to try attracting players.

Ameristar Casino is just across the Missouri River from Hollywood. It has increased its comp rate to $1 per hour and awards five base points on the Star Awards card. Tables have been changed from 10 players to nine. This has a double benefit of being more comfortable and also makes it easier to start a new table. Ameristar also has begun running a $25K freeroll with $10K for first place. Players qualify by playing 100 hours and earn bonus chips for each additional 10 hours of play. The freeroll will be Jan. 14. As with all promotions, please check with the casino for details.

The schedule for the next Heartland Poker Tour event at River City Casino has been released ( This event will be April 19-28. Some changes in store: more buy-in levels for single-table satellites and several daily tournaments. No-limit hold’em tournaments are scheduled with buy-ins between $150 and $550. There will be a $150 pot-limit Omaha and a $150 six-max event. The new parking garage recently opened and will greatly improve the parking near the poker room.

— Don Matusofsky is Ante Up’s Missouri Ambassador. Email him at

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