Kansas poker rooms are holding their own

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Recently, I visited a pair of poker rooms as well as competed in a charity event in Wichita, Kan. The fourth annual Cards for the Cure: Kansas Poker Championships drew nearly 700 entries. I played a couple of sessions at Kansas Star Casino and one at Riverwind Casino.

The Star’s expansion to 13 tables increases its ability to host tournaments, which are offered five days a week. Its bad-beat qualifier has increased to quads, though the rake and jackpot drop remain unchanged. I stopped in Norman, Okla., for a couple of late Saturday night hours at Riverwind Casino. The enclosed 17-table room is comfortable and attractive.

OZARKS: The Ozark Championships at Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs will be March 7-16. Ten events are on the schedule, including Omaha/8, crazy pineapple and a variety of NLHE. The opening $230 re-entry event sports a $20K guarantee. The two-flight, three-day $550 re-entry main event offers a $50K guarantee. There will be $50 and $100 (with $25 rebuys) mega-satellites into the main beginning March 9.

GRAND CASINO: The $530 Grand Championship is March 8, sporting $50K guarantee.

HARD ROCK: The Oklahoma Championship of Poker series will conclude March 2 in Tulsa. Results will be April’s column.

HOLLYWOOD CASINO: The poker room at Kansas Speedway continues to qualify players for June’s Hollywood Poker Open Championship at the M Resort in Las Vegas. Players will qualify through April into a May freeroll (based on cash-game seat time). Eight players will earn a share of $32K at the free roll.

— Email Robert at anteuprob@gmail.com.