HPT hits St. Louis Oct. 17 with changes

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The Heartland Poker Tour has been making twice-a-year visits to River City Casino. Pinnacle Entertainment, owner of the HPT and River City, recently completed the acquisition of Ameristar Casinos. The HTP has been spreading to Ameristar properties and will have an autumn home at Ameristar St. Charles.

The series will run Oct. 17-26 with the recorded-for-TV final table Oct. 27. The schedule for this series has the usual mix of single-table satellites and mega-satellites for the main event. Mixed in is a week of no-limit hold’em tournaments of various buy-ins. The nightly $125 tournament has a slight change from the most recent HTP event at River City, starting at 7. The River City nightly tournaments started earlier because of the daily closing time of the casino. Ameristar St. Charles and River City are open 24 hour a day now.

“St. Louis players have shown they like 7 (p.m.) tournaments and we expect good turnout,” poker room manager Denise Taykowski said.

A new tournament area will be on the upper level with 35 tables. The 19-table room has seen an upswing in traffic since the addition of Taykowski, running to capacity on weekends. Ameristar St. Charles has a 400-room hotel on property and is offering special room rates during this event. Please check with the room for details.

— Email Don at anteupdonm@gmail.com.