Ebro’s Emerald Coast Poker Championship returns in September

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Ebro Greyhound Park’s signature tournament series, the Emerald Coast Poker Championship, runs Sept. 5-29, with Event 1 kicking off Sept. 19.

The tournament series features some satellites leading up to the first event (plus more during the series), so be sure to see the ad on the back cover for the full schedule, starting chips, blind levels and satellite details. Speaking of the schedule, there are some interesting events in store for you.

Yes, there’s plenty of no-limit hold’em, but there’s Omaha/8 on Sept. 21 ($110, 6:30 p.m.) and there’s a no-limit crazy pineapple tournament on Sept. 24 ($110, 6:30 p.m.). Crazy pineapple is when you’re dealt three hole cards, have a round of betting, see the flop, have a round of betting and then discard one card before the turn. From there, regular NLHE rules apply. It should be a lot of fun.

The main event is a two-day affair, starting Sept. 28 ($550, 2 p.m., 15K chips), that has 45-minute blinds.

On the cash side, a new game, $2-$100 spread-limit hold’em, has caught on like wildfire with the local players. The $500 buy-in is a happy medium for a lot of the Ebro regulars at the Panhandle’s premier poker room.

BESTBET: In June and July at best bet Jacksonville, players were treated to more than $150K in giveaways through promotions and drawings. George Vetter Jr. won a personal watercraft and Randy Smith won a motorcycle worth $12K, calling his shot before he even walked into the room.

“I told my wife I was going to win that bike,” he said.

On the tournament side, July’s $50k guarantee was more than doubled as it reached $103K. The final table saw appearances from tournament regulars Moses Clepper, Timothy Johnson and Mark Smith. The event ended in a five-way chop where second through fifth took home $10K each while winner Lawrence Miller pocketed $16K.

DAYTONA BEACH: Greg “Fossilman” Raymer hosted a special weekend where he taught a tournament hold’em seminar to local players. Raymer also took part in three tournaments over the weekend. Players who eliminated Fossilman didn’t just get a great story to tell their friends, they also earned a $200 bounty for the Friday night event and $500 bounties in each of the Saturday tournaments.

Daytona’s big promotion for the month featured $1K high hands every half-hour with an hourly $100 table share.

— Charles Allison is Ante Up’s North Florida Ambassador. Email him at anteupcharles@gmail.com.