Martin wins Downstream’s $100K main event



The series at Downstream Casino wrapped up Oct. 5 with Mark Martin of Dexter, Kan., overcoming a strong field to win $36,218 from the $100K main event and a seat into the World Series of Poker’s main event.

The final table included sponsored pros Justin Gardenhire, Michael Sanders and Ryan Tepen. Winners of the other series events were Amanda Baker ($125 Last Chance Turbo); Bryan Campanello ($150 NLHE); Daniel Lowery ($40 All-in-or-Fold rebuy); Marcus Blacksher ($230 six-max) and Bobby Nair (bounty).

I attended the final three days of the series and chatted with poker room manager Dale Hunter about the series and other casino news. He was happy with the turnout and is looking forward to hosting another series Feb. 1-5.

In other news, Hunter said more than $400K in promotional money has been won by players this year, including bad-beat jackpots. The bad beat, with aces full of jacks as the qualifier, was more than $35K at press time.

HARD ROCK TULSA: Michael Lech took down the $250 PLO rebuy event during the Sept. 3-7 RunGoodGear series. Other winners included Ross Bybee, who captured the $675 main event, and Gary Ware, who won the $130 turbo. Six players chopped the $160 six-max survivor event.

INDIGO SKY CASINO: The casino’s poker room has partnered with Ante Up for the Ante Up Poker League, which runs until Dec. 31. Each month, players can earn points for cash play, for entering or re-entering selected tournaments and for making the final table. The top nine point-earners and one league-eligible player chosen at random will be invited to a freeroll with cash prizes, and this process will repeat at the end of the three-month period, too, competing in a final freeroll. The winner wins an Ante Up Poker Cruise package for two for the Feb. 9 sailing out of Port Canaveral, Fla., plus $1,500 and a personalized league champion’s jacket from Ante Up. The rest of the players will earn cash.

Indigo Sky is again scheduled to host a Heartland Poker Tour series stop in 2015. The series will run Feb. 26-March 9 and feature a $1,650 main event.

BOOT HILL CASINO: The property has started offering $65 tournaments at 6:30 Monday evenings. It also continues to run $100-$150 Aces Cracked and $250 high-hand promotions any time a hold’em game is running. Pot-limit Omaha/8 continues to be the featured game Thursday nights. 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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