March is a busy month for Reno poker



March looks to be an action-packed month for Reno poker rooms with two series approaching. The first is the World Poker Challenge at the Grand Sierra Resort, running now until March 10. This series offers something for every player, with the bulk being no-limit hold’em ($100-$300 buy-ins) and some massive guarantees.

The $100K main event will start March 8 with the first flight at noon, followed by the second flight at noon March 9. This is a $1,100 buy-in, and players will have the opportunity to satellite throughout the series. The Grand Sierra Resort also is offering excellent room rates for traveling players, so this is sure to be a worthwhile event with an impressive turnout. The Atlantis All-In Poker Series begins March 15.

This 10-day series features a variety of events, including NLHE and pot-limit Omaha ($100-$1,000 buy-ins). The $1,080 main event has two Day 1s (March 22-23). The hotel offers players a free room for the main event if they reserve in person by March 16.

Mike Gainey, who used to run the Peppermill poker room, recently accepted the role of host at Atlantis.

“We are excited to have Mike,” manager Daniel Chiu said. “His 30-plus years in the industry here in Reno-Tahoe has developed a high reputation amongst the poker community as someone who knows the business and has great relationships. He will be working at the Atlantis to help develop games of all types for all players and consult in the everyday operations of the poker room.”

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

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