To increase daily traffic, many local poker rooms have begun to offer reasonably priced tournaments. A large percentage of the buy-in goes into the prize pool, which makes a great value for the everyday player.
• The Crown Royal Poker Room at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino offers $35 dailies at 11:15 a.m. It also just announced its fourth annual Delaware Poker Championship for Aug. 30 at 11 a.m.
• Delaware Park offers various low cost tournaments throughout the month. Check the schedule at Delaware Park for details.
• Maryland Live hosts $60 satellites June 9-15 to the PPC Aruba series in October. For more information, go to marylandlivecasino.com.
• Hollywood Casino at Perryville in Maryland offers a variety of tournaments throughout the week, most with 15-minute levels and 10K chips: Tuesday (7 p.m., $40); Friday (7 p.m., $60 bounty); Saturday (9:30 a.m., $35 and 4 p.m., $40) and Sunday (1 p.m., $35).
• Rocky Gap Casino and Resort has $45 tournaments Monday-Thursday at 5:15 p.m. On the last Saturday of each month, a $180 event (12K chips) takes place at 10:15 a.m.
POKER CRUISES: Dover Downs will award an Ante Up Poker Cruise package to the winner of a $59 buy-in tournament on June 11. The tournament begins at 7:15 p.m., with late registration open through 9:15 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 placing third through seventh are guaranteed $100. Additional positions may be paid based on the size of the prize pool.
Speaking of Ante Up Poker Cruises, Frank Felton, right, won the April Ante Up Poker Cruise tournament for a cruise package for two.
On June 14, Dover Downs will be running a $25K guarantee. For a $199 buy-in, players will receive 15K chips with 30-minute levels.
HPO: On June 4, Hollywood Casino Perryville’s $125 tournament guarnatees two seats to the Hollywood Poker Open in Las Vegas at the M Resort. First and second place in the tournament will get a seat in the HPO, valued at $2,500 and $1K spending money. Third place and beyond will be paid based on size of prize pool. See the ad in our June 2014 issue for more on the M event.
— Email Michael Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.