Southern Arizona has plenty of poker during WSOP

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Lots of tourneys for you to enter
Despite the WSOP running, there’s still a game nearby, you just have to know where to look.

BLUEWATER (PARKER): Open every day but Monday, BlueWater Casino’s poker room features tournaments on Tuesday ($35) and Thursday ($40) nights, while on Wednesday and Friday promotions include high hands and payouts for full houses, quads or straight flushes. Aces Cracked and royal-flush payouts are available daily.

CASINO DEL SOL (TUCSON): There are13 daily tournaments throughout the week, including at least one every morning between 9-11. Buy-ins range from $15 to $100, with several tourneys counting toward a quarterly event that awards seats to the top point-earners.

Del Sol’s most exciting promo, though, involves a progressive high hand that ranges from $50 to $500 and can be awarded three times per day for any quads or better.

DESERT DIAMOND CASINO (TUCSON): Four weekly tournaments, each $35, are designed to get you in and out in less than three hours while still getting plenty of action. The Cup of Coffee tourneys are Monday and Thursday mornings, while on Tuesday and Wednesday nights the Poker Sundown Showdown takes center stage.

HARRAH’S AK-CHIN (MARICOPA): Every weeknight features a different style and buy-in of tournament, from $15 to $65, while on Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening more tourneys are scheduled. On the live side, splash pots and Aces Cracked are regular occurrences, while in split-pot games, win a rack if your 6-4 low loses to a wheel.

QUECHAN (YUMA): Saturday and Sunday afternoons provide a pair of chances to score some cash in a quick and inexpensive tournament, both costing $25. Quechan’s bigger buy-in event, for $60, is Thursday nights.

Rotating cash promotions are offered on weeknights.

VEE QUIVA (PHOENIX): There are three weekly tournaments on the schedule, all of which feed into a quarterly Tournament of Champions event open to the first- and second-place finishers from each tourney as well as the player who logs the most live play in a week. Saturday morning and Wednesday night events cost $40, while on Sunday the buy-in is $30. Vee Quiva also offers numerous cash promotions, including $50 splash pots during certain NBA playoff and Arizona Diamondbacks baseball games.

WILD HORSE PASS (PHOENIX): The room has five weekly events, three during the day at $30 apiece and two on weeknights for $50, as well as a $5K freeroll every other Saturday for top cash players. Ask about baseball and basketball game promotions, including splashed pots.

— Email Brian at anteupsouthernaz@gmail.com.