Maryland Live Casino poker room opens Aug. 28

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Maryland Live Casino launches live poker on Aug. 28 (pending regulatory approval). A new, 14,800-square-foot poker room is under construction at the facility and promises to be one of the largest in the mid-Atlantic region, with 52 tables, varied limits, high-profile partnerships and tournaments.

“Game limits and spreads are still pending approval, but we are planning to offer a full array of games to accommodate every level of player from the casual player to big games,” director of poker Mike Smith said. “We will offer a comfortable, well-managed, state-of-the-art poker room with a terrific staff and a variety of games and limits to please everyone.”

DOVER DOWNS: The Royal Crown poker room will host the Delaware Poker Championship III on Sept. 7. This has a $100K guarantee (twice that of last year’s tournament; see ad on this page). Sept. 1-2 will be super satellites with a $35 buy-in where one in five will win seats into the multitable satellite on Sept. 5, where one in five will win entry into the championship.

CHARITY TOURNAMENTS: At this time of the year, Maryland charity events are usually about two-thirds of the normal size, but there’s still a lot of poker to be played. A list of most of the tournaments can be found at somd.com/calendar/index.cgi.

One of the interesting events is Aug. 16 at Indian Head VFD, 4095 Indian Head Hwy, Indian Head, Md. In this event, you choose your starting stack: $50 for 5K chips; $75 for 10K; $100 for 15K; $125 for 20K and $150 for $25K.

— Michael Young is the Ante Up Ambassador for the Mid-Atlantic area. Email him at anteupmike@gmail.com.