Tournaments, promotions are doing well in Oklahoma, Kansas



The Ante Up Poker Tour stop at Downstream Casino’s Four States Poker Championship wrapped up May 26 (after deadline), so be sure to check the cover of our July issue to see who won the main event. In the meantime, here’s what’s happening around Oklahoma and Kansas in June.

HARD ROCK TULSA: The casino’s main progressive bad-beat jackpot was closing in on $200K, growing at an average clip of $500 per day. The qualifier is quad eights. Also, the poker room’s next major tournament event is expected to be in August. Stay tuned for more details.

KANSAS STAR CASINO: The Star’s poker room continues to offer its $85 no-limit hold’em bounty tournament on Wednesday nights (it pays seven places) as well as its popular Thursday night “Cash & Splash” promotion. June 8 will be the final “Off to the Races” competitive high-hand promotion, which has tables competing against each other to produce the most high hands each hour. A player from the winning table then spins a cash wheel for the table to get a splash pot of up to $1K.

HOLLYWOOD CASINO: The cardroom at Kansas Speedway is running its $160 deepstack tournament on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. The freeroll satellite promotion concluded in late May, sending eight players to the June 23 Hollywood Poker Open Championship at the M Resort in Las Vegas. Hollywood is targeting July for its next promotion; details should be available in July’s issue of Ante Up.

RIVER SPIRIT CASINO: A pair of freerolls is gaining traction here. The first is a cash-game hours qualifying freeroll. Beginning June 1 and running through August, the freeroll will be $20K with a 45-hours-of-play qualifier. It runs the first Saturday of the next month. The second is a $3.5K freeroll for daily tournament play. Points are awarded for each regular tournament and accumulate each month. The top 30 point-earners qualify for the freeroll, held the second Saturday of the next month.

The daily tournaments run most mornings and evenings. The room also offers high-hand promotions and a bad-beat jackpot (any quads) that is near $115K. New for the room is a $230 buy-in, $7,500 guarantee bounty tournament. The bounties will be $100 with June 1 set for the tournament’s date.

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

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