Midsummer poker specials in New Mexico

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The Inn of the Mountain Gods poker room’s popular Sunday $75 no-limit hold’em tournament is going strong with a packed room every week. Also, early registration for the $230 Test Your Might event on July 13 includes a $99 room rate and $25 free play for all table games.

But the big news is the fourth annual $100K Championship qualifiers begin this month. (See the ad at left for details to the big September tournament).

Of interest: The rock half-wall, which didn’t do much in separating the poker room from the smoke and noise of the casino floor, has disappeared and a floor-to-ceiling glass partition is being constructed for the comfort and safety of poker players. So nice to know somebody cares.

BUFFALO THUNDER RESORT CASINO: I spent a relaxed weekend playing in this fun poker room, where the dealer banter is so entertaining no players wore headphones, even though they’re allowed. Tons of tournaments are here in July, including Sundays and Mondays $25 NLHE; Tuesdays $40 NLHE; Fridays and Saturdays $75 NLHE; an Omaha/8 event July 13; the $150 Last Saturday of the Month deepstack on July 26.

SANTA ANA STAR CASINO: Sunday-Thursday in June and July, the poker room will pay $12 worth of blinds for the first 10 players to sit in qualifying $2-$4 or $2-$6 limit hold’em. That’s four rounds of blinds paid.

ISLETA RESORT CASINO: On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during July, the first 10 Omaha players receive an extra $10 with buy-in. On Mondays and Wednesday, it’s $10 for the first 10 players in $4-$8 hold’em. And don’t forget the freeroll July 26.

— Email Mary at anteupmary@gmail.com.