Tarantino captures Delaware Poker Championship

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The Royal Crown Poker Room at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino hosted its Delaware Poker Championship III on Sept. 7 as Dave Tarantino of Wilmington, Del., captured the main-event title. There were 206 entrants for a $108,150 prize pool. The final table made a deal as the top three chopped $61K and the other seven players took home $4,638 each.

On Oct. 13, Dover Downs will host a $40K guarantee that features a $199 buy-in and starts at 12:15 p.m.

The poker room has NFL Sunday Ticket, so look for Sunday Splash pots and high hands at the end of every quarter of three games on Sunday plus Monday and Thursday nights.

MARYLAND LIVE: One of the largest poker rooms in the Mid-Atlantic region opened on Aug. 28 at Maryland Live Casino in Hanover, Md. Easily accessible from the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metro areas and only 10 minutes from Baltimore-Washington International Airport, its two-level, 52-table poker room will offer a number of amenities for its customers, including safety deposit boxes, a private bar, tableside food service, special phone-charging stations and tableside massages.

Players began forming a line as early as 7 a.m. to get one of the first seats in the poker room.
By 11 a.m., the line had grown to about 300, and by noon the 500-plus player line snaked around the casino. The ceremonial first hand was played by 10 players who were chosen at random after responding to the casino’s Twitter feed.

Maryland Live will offer hold’em, Omaha and stud games. Director of poker Mike Smith said for the opening day they generated interest in a $4-$8 limit and $15-$30 limit cash tables in addition to the standard $1-$2 and $2-$5 NLHE games.

This month there will be a regular schedule of daily tournaments, usually two each weekday, plus a $20K guarantee, $330 buy-in event each Saturday at noon.

CHARITY POKER IN D.C.: All In Enterprise is hosting a charity event at the Shriner’s Temple in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13. The event will have a $195 buy-in. For more information, go to allinenterprises.org.

— Ray Dizon contributed to this report. You can email Michael Young at anteupmike@gmail.com.