Dover Downs to award Ante Up Poker Cruise package April 10

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Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Del., will award an Ante Up Poker Cruise package to the winner of a $59 buy-in tournament April 10.

The tournament begins at 6:15 p.m., with late registration open through 8:15 p.m. Players start with 7,500 units and levels last 20 minutes.

First place wins an Ante Up Poker Cruise oceanview package for up to two people on the July 28 sailing out of Port Canaveral, Fla. Second place is guaranteed $300 and players third through seventh are guaranteed $100. Additional positions may be paid based on the size of the prize pool.

Players will also have three chances to win a seat in the tournament on Delaware’s iGaming platform. Tournaments with $6.60 buy-ins are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on March 26, April 1 and April 8. One seat is guaranteed in each tournament, with a four-player minimum for the satellites to be run.

MARYLAND LIVE: The casino and Poker Night in America will partner to create the first televised tournament in Maryland.

Poker Night in America, a new TV series set to debut April 27, will film two poker events at Maryland Live in association with the upcoming $1 Million Live Poker Classic, the biggest tournament series to be staged in the poker room.

“The poker room at Maryland Live has enjoyed terrific success since opening last August,” director of poker Mike Smith said. Buy-ins for these cash games range from $5K (minimum) to $20K (maximum).

TWO ARRESTED: Maryland State Police have charged two people and are looking for two others in connection with an investigation into fraudulent casino chips that were found at Maryland Live Casino.

Investigators began their probe in January after casino officials said fake $100 poker chips had been passed on two occasions by four people. With the help of several other agencies, state police were able to identify the suspects as being from Northern Virginia. Police said one of those people, Rosa Nguyen, 36, of Annandale, Va., bought $150K worth of counterfeit casino chips on the Internet for $12K and then altered their appearance to make them look like chips from Maryland Live.

Nguyen and her husband, Vuong Truong, 37, were charged with theft between $1K and $10K and conspiracy to commit theft between $1K and $10K. Truong also was charged with four counts of committing a theft scheme and conspiracy to commit theft.

The couple was not arrested but did sign summonses that said they would appear in court.

Detectives said many of the fake chips had been thrown into Lake Accotink in Springfield, Va., not far from the suspects’ home. However, the chips floated, so police said they were able to collect about $115K worth of them.

— Email Michael Young at anteupmike@gmail.com.