Cleveland cancels WSOPC for second time



The World Series of Poker poker room at Cleveland Horseshoe has, for a second straight year, canceled its scheduled WSOP Circuit event. Since opening in May 2012, the Horseshoe is yet to host so much as a main-event satellite, which may be hard for poker players to comprehend. After the cancellation in 2012, the Horseshoe had 16 months to regroup and reports were that the property was building an 81-table tourney room, which did not happen.

The Horseshoe in Cincinnati pulled off a wonderful event in less than one year of existence, which really makes you wonder what the problem is at Cleveland Horseshoe.

While WSOPC officials declined to comment regarding this situation, they must be embarrassed by it. I suspect we will not see Cleveland on the circuit calendar until there’s space built out and ready to go.

West Pennsylvania

The Rivers Casino and poker room manager Jim Tinney held the first of four seasonal Rivers Pittsburgh Poker Opens on Nov. 21-Dec. 3. The winter series featured 24 trophy events, capped by the third edition of Poker Night in America at the Rivers. This was the first televised event in the region with 296 players paying the $1,100 buy-in.

The event featured pros such as Steve Dannenmann, Darvin Moon, Joe Cada, Dan O’Brien, Greg Raymer and Allen Kessler. However, the final two came down to Larry Pileggi, a local Pittsburgh college professor, besting Dave Tannenholz, a Vegas cash-grinding pro. Pileggi took home a little more than $71K for his two days of work. The event also featured a cash game that will be televised with the program.

— Dan Harkenrider hosts the Division of Poker and Chris Moneymaker radio shows. Email him at and follow him on Twitter @DivisionofPoker.

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