Big things happening in Ohio, W.V. poker markets



The Rivers Casino presents the third Pittsburgh Poker Open, which starts April 10 and will have 24 events, including a six-max event, a seniors event, two bounty tournaments and a three-day deepstack main event priced at $1K with a $100K guarantee.

This is the third installment of the quarterly event series that is growing each time. Poker room manager Jim Tinney is bringing consistent tournament series action to the region, talking to his players and delivering what they want.

“The Rivers Casino is committed to poker and giving poker players a first-class gaming experience,” he said. “We set out to offer players good structures, reasonable buy-in levels in a great place to play.”
The Rivers poker room also features a huge selection of$1-$3 cash-game action, which is a great step up for players between $1-$2 and $2-$5.

IN THE NEWS: Deepstacked pot-limit Omaha is really starting to heat up in the region. The Meadows Casino’s Tuesday $5-$5 game is by all accounts great, with lots of money on the table and lots of gamble in the players. That game has become a must for many of the region’s PLO cash-game players.

• Hollywood Casino in Columbus also is offering a $5-$5 can’t-miss opportunity. This is a Thursday game that runs essentially through the weekend most weeks. It also is a very deep action-filled game. The poker room has redone its cash-game buy-ins, including something I’m excited to see from a developmental standpoint: a low buy-in $1-$1 game. This game is a great transition point for players new to the casino experience and low-stakes limit players. This is great for poker and I give poker room manager Matt Dodd high praise for this move.

• Everyone is talking about Horseshoe Cincinnati. Poker room manager Jason Newman is bringing Cincy the same sort of tournament action that he made famous in Hammond with the Queen City Classic and Ohio’s biggest guarantee of $500K, all from a $260 buy-in. That is great for poker in Ohio.

HOLLYWOOD TOLEDO: Ken Lambert Jr. is the new poker room manager for the Hollywood Casino in Toledo. He brings a wealth of experience and creativity, having a long history in poker and is known for his ability to build action-oriented games. Toledo is a great poker market and we wish him the best of luck.

PRESQUE ISLE: Mike Tingley is the new poker room manager at Presque Isle Downs. He has earned the job the old-fashioned way, working his way up the ladder. Tingley was an original hire of the poker room and is now running the show. Congratulations Mike, you have earned the shot. His energy and enthusiasm will be a valuable asset to poker in Erie, Pa.

— 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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