WSOP means local events have softer fields

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The World Series of Poker is running, which means many of our players will be in Las Vegas and leaving plenty of opportunities for locals to take advantage of softer tournament fields in daily and weekly tournaments. Both Horseshoes (Cleveland and Cincinnati) are offering satellites so you can find your way to Vegas in the main event. Check Bravo or your favorite Ohio Horseshoe Casino website for details.

Hollywood Casinos are offering an opportunity to play in Vegas at the $500K Hollywood Poker Open Main Event at the M Resort. Learn more by contacting your local Hollywood Casino poker desk.

NEW FACES: Hollywood Casino Columbus has a new poker room manager in John Constantino, who brings experience and an appreciation for the game. He’s a Jersey native and has a broad range of casino experience, starting as a dealer in Atlantic City. He has served a variety of roles and has replaced Matt Dodd, who is moving up to other responsibilities within the Hollywood brand.
Like dealers and floor staff, managers matter. They are the people who are responsible of sticking their necks out to bring tournament series, good structures and promotions to our poker rooms.

All too often the good ones aren’t appreciated until they’re gone. We’re lucky to have some forward-thinking and hard-working advocates in that role. Supporting events are important to getting more of what we want. So, next time somebody does something good, invite a friend and support what is right about poker in our region.

FOND FAREWELL: Chris Lose, a floor coach at the Horseshoe in Cleveland, is packing up and heading to Vegas.

DEALER TIPS: After two years of splitting tips, dealers at the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland will keep what they earn.

PITTSBURGH POKER OPEN: Sean Newsham of Erie, Pa., won the main event of the Rivers Casino’s most recent quarterly event, which ran April 10-21. He earned $30,264 from the three-day $1,110 tournament, which drew 104 players for a prize pool of $100K-plus. Jay Kelly was second ($15,132) and David Meyer was third ($12,106).

— Dan Harkenrider hosts the Division of Poker and Chris Moneymaker radio shows. Email him at anteupdan@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @DivisionofPoker.