A poker primer to help you plan your 2013

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Attention procrastinating poker players: I’m giving you a gift to help plan your 2013 schedule. Here’s a golden opportunity for you to arrange your trips to Reno, knowing in advance what kind of action you’ll find in the area. With great tournaments planned every month, all that’s left for you to do is select a date … and, yes, plan ahead.

GRAND SIERRA RESORT: The World Poker Challenge is Feb. 28-March 10, and there will be four Pot of Gold series this year: May 9-19, July 18-28, Sept. 26-Oct. 6 and Dec. 5-15.

PEPPERMILL: The popular Peppermill DeepStack tournaments are happening four times this year: Feb. 20-24, April 17-21, Aug. 14-18 and Nov. 27-Dec. 1. The Peppermill will host the annual Nevada State Ladies Championship (March 15-17) and the Reno Tahoe Poker Championship (Oct. 23-27).

EL DORADO: Though the El Dorado doesn’t have any large tours coming through, it still offers some amazing freerolls for anyone who cashes in a daily tournament or plays 25 hours. Popularity continues to grow for this cardroom and it’s rapidly becoming a local favorite to find great cash action.

ATLANTIS: The Atlantis All-In Poker Series is March 15-25. Also, the Atlantis brings back the World Poker Tour Western Regional Challenge (Sept. 13-23).

HARVEYS LAKE TAHOE: The World Series of Poker Circuit is the only tour coming to Tahoe, but the dates haven’t been revealed. Traditionally it takes place mid November. As with all tournament series, be sure to contact the respective poker rooms for the most up-to-date info. Another great way to stay updated is to visit renotahoepoker.com. I hope to see many of you out here.

— Leslie Pauls is an Ante Up Ambassador for Reno and a representative for Blue Shark Optics. Email her at anteupcali@gmail.com.