Tournaments flourishing in Colorado

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With another successful run of the World Series of Poker in the books, poker tournaments in Colorado were forced to resume where Las Vegas left off. The Colorado State Poker Championship returned to Black Hawk, Colo., at the Golden Gates Casino just as Ante Up went to press (Aug. 15-Sept. 2). The series is sure to bring national publicity with its share of pros entering the 28 events.

Regularly scheduled weekly tournaments were held throughout Black Hawk as usual, ranging from the daily $60 events (noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m.) at the Lodge Casino, to the Wednesday $75 bounty tournaments (6:30 p.m.) as well as the Thursday pot-limit Omaha tournaments (11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.), at the Isle of Capri Casino, to the various weekend tournaments at the Lady Luck Casino. Also Ameristar Casino offers the most cash tables for those interested in playing spread-limit.

Meanwhile, on the western slope, the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo., has been consistently recording large numbers for its Monday night tournaments, often reaching $10K prize pools. The casino also boasts high-hand jackpot giveaways for players on Wednesdays, $2-$100 Omaha on Thursdays, as well as a solid turnout for the Saturday tournaments. All in all, poker in Colorado is alive and well.

— Email Hans at anteuphans@gmail.com.