Horseshoe Classic runs Aug. 18-24 in Council Bluffs



Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs hosts its Horseshoe Poker Classic from Aug. 18-24. This is a series of tournaments running the entire week. I attended last year and found great tournament and cash-game action in this awesome room run by the most attentive staff in the state.

The first event is a $125 no-limit hold’em satellite on Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. This is followed the next night by an $80 satellite with rebuys at 7. Aug. 20 is the $250 tournament with two flights (10 a.m. and 6 p.m.), and this will finish the next day.

There’s a $200 bounty event on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. ($50 bounties) and Aug. 22 is satellite day, with three chances to win your way into the main at 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m.

There’s a final satellite at 9 a.m. before the $1K main event kicks off at noon on Aug. 23. The main event ends Aug. 24, but there’s $200 Omaha/8 event at noon and a $50 NLHE event at 10 a.m.

There’s a NLHE event in just about everyone’s price range, so drop on by, grab a seat and you’ll see why the staff and room earned my praise.

In other Horseshoe news, on Aug. 30 it will hold an interesting partners event. Players will play separately for the first three levels and then combine chips with both players involved in every situation. This has a $130 buy-in. I admit it may be a little out of the norm as poker is such a solitary event, but this seems to be a nice change of pace at same time.

GRAND FALLS: The Mid-States Poker Tour visits northwest Iowa on Aug. 9-17 at the Grand Falls Casino Resort in Larchwood. Satellites run until the start of the $100K guarantee main event. The first flight of the main event is Aug. 15 at 4 p.m. with the second flight starting the next day at 4.

DIAMOND JO: Saturdays in August feature a $25 rebuy satellite for the seventh annual Poker Bash, which runs all month but features the $250 main event on Aug. 30.

On Sept. 1, Diamond Jo is running a $200 heads-up tournament. The field is limited to the first 32 players so sign up early if this one interests you.

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