More changes coming Ohio poker’s way



Here’s what’s hot in Ohio poker this month:

HORSESHOE CLEVELAND: The pot-limit Omaha action here is the best in the state with the most money on the table. Manager Chris Loscalso is working to get higher limits, including a $7.50-$15 limit game and a monthly $25-$50 no-limit hold’em game.
The Horseshoe still offers two noon weekly tournaments, $200 with a $100 single rebuy and an end-of-month $500 buy-in tournament. Loscalso is working to build additional tournament options and is looking to make these public soon.

HOLLYWOOD TOLEDO: Continues to grow fields in its bounty tournaments and monthly deepstack event offering a $10,000 first prize. Check the website for details and specifics on tournament action. If you’re looking for volume of tournaments, this is your place. Manager Peter Lau loves tournaments.

HOLLYWOOD COLUMBUS: Chris Moneymaker will be making appearances March 22-23 and April 19-20. Because of the expansion of the poker room and other issues, manager Matt Dodd expects tournament action to kick off this month.

BUCKEYE CHARITY: The 7 p.m. tournaments continue to grow and create bigger prize pools and bigger buy-ins, such as the $150 Big Poker Thursday, and free food during tournaments. It’s also having big success with PLO Saturdays, running a no-cap $1-$2 game that saw more than $20K on the table once last month.

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD: First with the World Series of Poker Circuit event at Horseshoe Cleveland and then with the Hollywood Poker Open at Hollywood Columbus, Ohio Casino Control Commission regulations are holding back major tournament series in Ohio.

The Hollywood Poker Open is still on, but rather than a series, it will be one huge event expected to draw a prize pool of more than $650K. It will be a seven-day event beginning May 13 with four Day 1s; two Day 2s and a final day, and will be run entirely inside the expanded poker room.

Players who want major tournament series in their area may want to make their feelings known to the Ohio Casino Control Commission at

— Dan Harkenrider is Ante Up’s Ohio Ambassador. He hosts the Division of Poker and Chris Moneymaker radio shows. Email him at and follow him on Twitter @DivisionofPoker.

Ante Up Magazine

Ante Up Magazine