New poker events at Firekeepers Casino in Michigan



Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Mich., has released a new schedule of tournaments that should attract players from Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. It starts with a strong dose of no-limit hold’em, Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. ($70) with 20-minute rounds. Monday and Wednesday have that same tournament at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays are for bounties. The buy-in is also $70 with $50 going to the prize pool, $10 to the bounties and $10 to the house.

But the Thursday event has everyone abuzz: the $55 pot-limit Omaha tournament (20-minute rounds).

Another new NLHE event is on Sundays ($110, noon), and the second Sunday of every month will be a deepstack event with a $220 buy-in, 10K chips and 30-minute rounds. That event is bound to be the main attraction to the poker room once a month, and I predict a number of Detroit-area players will make the 90-minute trip to Battle Creek.

This new schedule follows changes at the beginning of the year where the $1-$3 NLHE cash game was replaced with a $1-$2 game, but with a $400 max buy-in. The deepstack game has become a mainstay of the room with tables sporting thousands of dollars at stake.

— Frank Panama and Gambit Gras are Ante Up’s Michigan Ambassadors. They host the Michigan Poker Monster weekly podcast at You can email them at

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