Fine time to play poker in the Magnolia State

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It’s a beautiful time of the year for a trip to the coast, and with so much action going on down South, you really can’t miss out. As Ante Up went to press the Beau Rivage’s Spring Break Classic was in full swing, continuing the six-tour series the MGM properties (Gold Strike, Tunica) host here.

Said poker room manager Johnny Grooms: “These six high-stakes poker tournaments provide an opportunity for poker enthusiasts of all levels to compete in a variety of events at both properties. The tournaments grow in buy-ins and will culminate with the third annual Million Dollar Heater held at the Beau Rivage in January 2014.”

I make it a point to be at all six tournaments through out the year. If I’m not dealing, I’m definitely playing. The greatest thing about this series is the level of play. Though Mississippi boasts some of the finest players in the nation, the fields are generally rife with amateur and casual players giving the studied player a consistent edge. Even if tournament play isn’t your thing, the cash-action overflow is so significant that I’d advise getting on lists early to avoid having to wait for a seat. The PLO action in Biloxi during tournament time can only be rivaled by Vegas and is worth stopping by just to see.

The action in Biloxi continues just down the road at the IP (through April 8) for the WPT Regional Mississippi Spring Classic. The main event is a $1,150 event featuring two Day 1s, starting April 5. Plenty of mega satellites are available, as well as multiple open events ($100-$300). Call 888-946-2847 and ask for the poker room for more information and room rates.

In other gulf coast news, I recently wrote about Todd Desnoyers, the displaced floor supervisor who was one many long-time poker staff to be affected by the recent cardroom closings at the northern end of the state. I’m happy to report he found a home at Hard Rock Biloxi. Said manager Renee Lawrence: “Todd is now a welcome-back member of the Hard Rock Poker Room.”

Thanks for the update, Renee! Stop in and visit Todd and the rest of the “band” at the Hard Rock while you’re in Biloxi between tournaments.

I look forward to seeing you all down on the coast. Please keep sending me notable promotions you hear about, questions and, as always, a bad-beat story or two.

— Jennifer Gay is Ante Up’s Mississippi Ambassador. She can be contacted at facebook.com/aceofjewels or at jennifergay80@hotmail.com.