Big events sprinkling through North Florida



The months ahead are going to be a prime opportunity for players in North Florida looking to build a big name or a just a big bankroll.

The Heartland Poker Tour is coming back to one of its marquee stops at Daytona Beach Kennel Club this month. The last time the HPT came through here James “Caldo” Calderaro took second place to Cong Pham. He followed that up with a big victory in the $3,500 WPT main event at Coconut Creek and another second place at bestbet’s $3,500 WPT main event. The HPT has become a launching pad for some of the South’s biggest poker pros and now is your chance to get in on the action.

There will be five events surrounding the $1,670 main event, including a two-day $240 deepstack with three starting flights and a $150 Survivor where the top 15 percent of the field will take home $900. DBKC isn’t afraid to try new events to tantalize its players.

The biggest story of the 10-day extravaganza is the main event, which garnered a $433K prize pool last time. There will be satellites every day leading up to the event ranging from $65 single-table satellites to $360 qualifiers that put you into the main. The series runs Oct. 2-12, and go to for the HPT schedule.

Up the coast, bestbet Jacksonville is rolling full steam ahead toward its big event in November. Bestbet will be doing its best to get local players into the spotlight of its second televised event with $550 high hands and $50 mega-satellites into the 10-seat guarantee event.

The August satellite brought in 170 players and generated 17 seats into the $5K WPT main event with a $1 million guarantee.

EBRO: The poker room held its signature Emerald Coast Championship in September. We’ll run the results of this series when they are available.

AUPT PENSACOLA: Plans are being finalized for the Ante Up Poker Tour at Pensacola Greyhound Track on Nov. 19-23. Go to for more information or call the poker room. The winner will be on the cover of Ante Up’s January issue.
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