WinStar’s River Poker Series kicks off Aug. 14

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The first of nine events of the WinStar World Casino’s $4 million guarantee River Series begins Aug. 14 with the $300K guarantee $340 re-entry no-limit hold’em tournament.

The series offers a variety of NLHE events, including bounty, “ultra” (where the surviving 10 percent of the field is paid a percentage of the prize pool), deepstack, “no juice” and turbo events, as well as a pot-limit Omaha tournament. The main event ($2,500 buy-in, $2.5 million guarantee) begins Aug. 29 and runs until Sept. 2. Satellites have been running since June 14.

DOWNSTREAM CASINO RESORT: The poker room hosts the Mid-States Poker Tour on Aug. 31-Sept. 8. The event will culminate in a $200K guarantee main event, featuring a $460 buy-in with unlimited re-entries through Level 8. The main event will be a “Keep It or Cash It” event featuring multiple starting days and offering players an option to keep their additional chips if they advance to Day 2 more than once or add them to the stack they finished with when advancing to Day 2 the first time.

HARD ROCK TULSA: The Poker Showdown is Aug. 8-18. The series features $100K in guarantees. Except for a $230 pot-limit Omaha re-entry event, the series consists of all NLHE tournaments. Jack and Jill, ante only, deepstack, “Chop It,” bounty, and six-handed events are among the variants scheduled. There will be many morning $60 tournaments and afternoon mega-satellites for as little as $45. Events leading up to the $1,090 main event offer buy-ins from $130 to $550.

GRAND CASINO: The casino hosts the MDA Celebrity Poker Tournament in its event center Aug. 10. Capped at 250 entrants, the $120 event has unlimited rebuys through the first hour. Players can rebuy any time their stack is less than 4K.

CHEROKEE CASINO: The West Siloam Springs poker room’s Blast to the Past runs Aug. 16-25. The events on Aug. 23-24 offer $65K in guarantees. The casino’s 140-bed hotel offers a $10 per night discount to poker players during the series.

INDIGO SKY CASINO: The Heartland Poker Tour is scheduled to return Oct. 10-21, with a $1,650 main event.

HOLLYWOOD CASINO: The Kansas Speedway room continues to run Monday $65 events, and $160 deepstack tournaments on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Also, the bad-beat jackpot was more than $284K at press time.

KANSAS STAR CASINO: The Tuesday night $85 tournament pays a set seven places (call for details). The popular Thursday night “Cash & Splash” promotion and the $6,800 monthly freeroll (60-hour qualifier) is still running. The first 90 qualified players from July will compete Aug. 4.

— Email Robert Kelly at anteuprob@gmail.com.