Holiday season inspired local poker rooms

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The holiday season is responsible for more giving than any other time of year and North Florida poker rooms know how to give to their players.

DAYTONA BEACH KENNEL CLUB: The kennel club’s poker room showed the love by raffling prizes to players, including $65 buy-ins to Ms. Amy’s Jingle Bells tournament. Plus, DBKC’s power hour high hands featured $750 for the hourly winner and $1K drawings.

BESTBET: At bestbet Jacksonville, North Florida’s biggest room put its spin on a holiday classic and gave players a new version of the 12 Days of Christmas. There weren’t any pipers piping, but there was plenty of cash. Jacksonville players had a chance to win extra money for presents starting on Dec. 11 with an $1,100 hourly high hand that escalated every day until Dec. 23, culminating in a $2,300 payday each hour.

Hot on the heels of Jared Jaffee’s big win in the $1,500 WPT Fall Scramble Main Event, bestbet Jacksonville is gearing up for an even bigger buy-in event. On March 21, bestbet will host the $3,500 bestbet Open. Satellites into the event start this month and will run until the big event. There’s also going to be a $590 satellite where bestbet Jacksonville is guaranteeing 20 seats into the main event.

There will be plenty of chances to earn a seat via high hand and other daily satellites. Check out bestbet’s website for a list of all the satellites and promotions as well as the schedule for the series of events leading up to the main.

EBRO: Ebro put the lid on a great year of tournament action by hosting a special player-of-the-year tournament with more than $20K in the prize pool. Local player and regular Bob Harris took home the title and a glinting gold trophy to commemorate the victory.

I’d like to thank all of the great poker rooms in North Florida for giving players an opportunity to spend time doing something they love, and for opening your arms and making them feel at home. Whether it’s with a warm, hospitable staff or great promotions or great daily tournaments, you’re the reason Florida has become such a focal point for poker on not just a national level, but on the world’s stage. And thanks to the players who come out daily and give those floor people, dealers, brushes and list attendants a reason to make you happy and for giving them a chance to show you just how important you really are.

If you have any stories you want to share or details of a promotion or event from your poker room, be sure to email me.

— Email Charles Allison anteupcharles@gmail.com.