Riverside Casino and Golf Resort hosts the Iowa Fallout Poker Championship with a $100K guarantee on Oct. 11-13. This is sure to bring out a large number of players. While the buy-in is $1K, there will be qualifier tournaments running up to the event to allow players to earn a seat inexpensively.
If you haven’t played at Riverside and are wondering if it’s worth the trip, it is. This is one of the bigger rooms in Iowa and there should be significant side action. The room regularly spreads limit and no-limit hold’em up to $2-$5 blinds and maybe even a PLO game.
HORSESHOE: In the third week of August, the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs held its Poker Classic. This was a week of various events culminating in the $1K main event. This multiday tournament had 126 players and Richard Thousand of Ankeny, Iowa, found himself at the top of the heap. He earned $30,798 when he eliminated Thomas Lutjens of Columbus, Neb., in heads-up play.
In the other events, Sean Johnson of Chamberlain, S.D., took down the $550 NLHE event, winning $11,086 by defeating 79 players. Brandon Cordry of St. Joe, Mo., won the $200 Omaha/8 event for $3,361. Jerry Moore from Omaha bested 164 players to win the $150 bounty event for $1,611 and Steven Baker of Owasso, Okla., won the $250 NLHE 196-player event ($10,526).
The Horseshoe has been promoting Omaha as PLO has been gaining popularity. Because of this, it will host the Omaha Poker Open on Oct. 6-13. There will be a mix of Omaha/8, NLHE and PLO events all week. Oct. 11 is the $200 Triple Chance PLO event. The $550 main event starts Oct. 12. Expect great side action at the Horseshoe as it is also one of the biggest rooms in Iowa, spreading Omaha, PLO and hold’em at $1-$3 and $2-$5.
PRAIRIE MEADOWS: The poker room hosts the Heartland Poker Tour on Oct. 18-28. This circuit should bring a large number of players to the Des Moines area for the week. The $1,650 main event is Oct. 25 with qualifiers running all month. In the past, this event has brought out a number of well-known pros. There also will be a NLHE deepstack event Oct. 20 and a $125 PLO tournament on Oct. 23. The final table of the main event will be aired on TV on various networks so here is your chance to get on the other side of the tube.
MESKWAKI: The Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel hosts the $300K guarantee Mid-States Poker Tour on Oct. 26-Nov. 3. The last event blew past the guarantee and the good turnout should continue, so drop by if you’re looking for more great action.
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