Downstream Casino’s Ante Up Poker Tour-Four States starts May 17

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The annual Four States Poker Championship/Ante Up Poker Tour series kicks off May 17. Running through May 26, the series features a minimum of two events per day, 21 events total, beginning with a $100 no-limit hold’em event and the first of five $120 AUPT main-event satellites. Tournaments will be offered in a variety of games, including H.O.R.S.E., razz; deuce-to-seven triple draw; Omaha/8 and pot-limit Omaha. There also will be six-handed, Bonnie and Clyde, and raise-or-fold limit hold’em. The $1K AUPT main event begins May 24 and offers two Day 1s. Day 2 is May 26. The series concludes May 27. Contact the poker room at 918-919-6209 for more information. For the full schedule please see the ad on the facing page. Special room rates are available, $99 Sunday-Thursday and $109 Friday-Saturday.

MSPT: Downstream also recently hosted the Mid-States Poker Tour as Thomas Ryan of Illinois overcame a field of 143 to win the main event and collect $39,243.

CHOCTAW CASINO: If you haven’t had the opportunity to get in on the action at Choctaw there might still be time to take in an event of the $1 million Choctaw Classic running until April 28. All 31 no-limit hold’em events offered a prize pool guarantee and most had buy-ins in the $100-$300 range. The feature event, a $1K buy-in, $300K guarantee, started April 27 and offered the champion a platinum ring. Two preliminary events had gold and silver rings. The series also offered a $50K best all-around prize pool built around a point system cumulative through Event 27. First place in best all-around earned a $10K bonus while 30th place paid $500.

BOOT HILL CASINO: The cardroom continues to run its popular Monday night $75 buy-in freezeout tournament. With a reputation for working closely with players to grow action and ensure a great playing experience, the Steve Walker Memorial Poker Room continues to feature $1-$2 and $2-$5 NLHE as well as limit hold’em and PLO in its western-themed environment.

CRISIS AVERTED: April 2 saw alarming action in the Kansas Legislature as Sen. Jacob LaTurner introduced an amendment to Senate Substitute for HB 2055, a bill to abolish the possibility of racetrack gaming facilities, that sought to make Internet and online gambling a “non-person class B misdeamenor.” The amendment was approved 26-11. Two separate failed attempts were made to amend language that would remove the new section, but late in the day the bill failed 24-15 in emergency final action.

— Robert Kelly is Ante Up’s Oklahoma-Kansas Ambassador. You can email him at anteuprob@gmail.com.