Tournament series dominate N. Oklahoma play



With two series scheduled in back-to-back months, the tournament series continues to draw a substantial amount of attention in the region.

Early results from the first $100K guarantee ran Sept. 3-7 at Hard Rock Casino include Andy Cruz of Tulsa, winning the bounty event for $3,679 and Miguel Fiesta winning the $250 pot-limit Omaha with rebuys event for $14,386.

An interesting side note to the bounty event is that runner-up Traci Tucker of Jenks, Okla., who collected $1K and $500 in bounties along the way, entered the event via a seat won as a promotional prize in a qualifier run by’s Taking It Down show.

DOWNSTREAM CASINO AND RESORT: The next $100K guarantee series runs at Downstream until Oct. 5. The $675 main event features an entry into the World Series main event.
With football season in full swing, the poker room is offering $100 hot-seat drawings for every touchdown and field goal on Sunday, Monday and Thursday night games.

INDIGO SKY CASINO: Look for $50 hot-seat drawings every 30 minutes during Sunday, Monday and Thursday night games.

The Ante Up Poker League begins Oct. 1. Players will earn points for entering tournaments, making final tables and cash-game play. Top players are invited to monthly freerolls and the winner of the final freeroll after the three-month league ends, will get a Ante Up Poker Cruise package for two and $1,500.

CHEROKEE CASINO WEST SILOAM SPRINGS: Results from the annual Blast to the Past series that ran Aug. 15-24 are in and Tulsa’s Michele Lorett won the $50K guarantee main event. Collecting $15K, she overcame a field of nearly 100 players.

The opening $20K guarantee ($230 buy-in) drew 122 players as Scott Hall of Fayetteville, Ark., captured the title and $6,344.

HOLLYWOOD CASINO AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY: I recently had a conversation with Oklahoma City pro Huy Nguyen about his late summer visit to this cardroom. He said it was comfortable and well-run.
He also enjoyed seeing some game diversity, including the Omaha action. Hollywood is notable for regularly running a variety of limit hold’em and Omaha. Tournaments run every Monday and the second and fourth Sundays of each month.

FIRST COUNCIL CASINO: There has been talk for more than a year regarding the return of poker to this sister property of7 Clans Paradise Casino.

While taking in an evening of $1-$3 NLHE at Paradise recently, I learned there’s also interest in creating promotions that unite the tables at both casinos.
Paradise offers two poker tables in its table games area and as many as four tables could return to First Council.

BOOT HILL CASINO: Aces Cracked and $250 high-hand promotions are active any time a hold’em game is running. Thursday night PLO/8 is featured and has proved to be a popular draw. Also, $2-$5 NLHE and $2-$5 PLO/8, uncapped, are the most commonly spread games.

The quads-beaten qualifier bad-beat jackpot was more than $225K at press time, while the secondary jackpot was more than $115K.

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