Affordable poker tourney buy-ins pop up across New England



In late July, Foxwoods Casino’s poker room guaranteed $175K over three days, and delivered a combined $184K prize pool for two low buy-in deepstack events, proving even in the summer time Foxwoods is the place to find choice tournament opportunities.

In the $400 no-limit hold’em event, Hassan Babjane of Boston bested nearly 470 players to take home $22K in a chop. Silvio Mantuano of New York won the $300 NLHE event and $7,157, following up his $10K-plus victory in the Spring into Summer Madness event held in late June.
There are a few more fall events planned at Foxwoods:

• Weekend Mini Series, Sept. 20-22.
• Columbus Day Weekend Special, Oct. 11-14.
• World Poker Finals, Oct. 20-Nov. 4.

Complete tournament details, including results from the World Series of Poker Circuit in early August, can be found at

SENECA NIAGARA: The Summer Slam Series turned up the heat at the Seneca poker room, producing a $163K combined prize pool in late July. All told, 575 players took part in a range of events, including a $600 NLHE deepstack main event, which saw Andrew Spears take down the $23,700 first prize. All tournaments were re-entry with full deepstacks, including two $200 NLHE events (Jason Nablo, $6,978 and Aaron Obstein $4,893), and a $300 NLHE event (Dawn Nguyen, $8,687).

EASTERN POKER TOUR: Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, the Eastern Poker Tour ( hosts regular charity events that feature 50-plus fields, $20 satellites, guarantees, nightly $1-$2 cash games and solid play. Here’s a look at the weekly schedule:

• Monday night, $120 NLHE deepstack bounty event (20K chips).
• Wednesday night, $110 NLHE deepstack event (20K chips).
• Friday Night, $100 NLHE deepstack mini-mega event.
• Saturday, $150 megastack event.

For more info, be sure to check out the tour’s website.

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