Mystique Casino opened a new poker room this spring and I dropped by to check it out recently. This room is admittedly smaller than the last one, but it felt comfortable and not crowded at all. It also seemed much less smoke-filled than the last room, so I approve.
I was pleasantly surprised to see it added a pineapple tournament on Fridays at 1 p.m. If you’re strictly a hold’em player, this is your chance to step into the rest of the poker world. You simply get an extra card and discard one before the flop. This has a $50 entry fee so it’s an affordable way to learn a new game. Stop by and tell Mike and the crew I sent you.
RIVERSIDE CASINO: The poker room hosts the Stars and Stripes event July 5-6. The $200 buy-in will get you 10K chips, but there also are satellite qualifiers starting July 1.
DIAMOND JO CASINO: The poker room in Worth is in the middle of its Summer Tournament Series. For just $60 on Sundays at 2 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 you can have a chance at a $3K payout to the top-five point-holders at the end of the summer and a seat in a $1K freeroll to the top 20 players. While you’re there jump into the cash games because the bad-beat jackpot was more than $160K at press time.
MESKWAKI: The Mid-States Poker Tour returns July 19-27 with its $300K guaranteed. Satellites will run until the event. MSPT will stop at Grand Falls Casino on Aug. 9-17.
— Email Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org.