The Heartland Poker Tour returns in February to the Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk. The HPT has become Colorado’s most lucrative tournament, boasting seven straight $1 million-plus prize pools. The series runs Feb. 13-23, including the televised four-day main event. For more info, visit hptpoker.com.
ISLE CASINO: The nine-table room has the easiest bad-beat qualifier in town. There are three ways to win with a bad beat and the more difficult the hand, the more money you’ll win. The easiest qualifier is aces full of 10s, which gets you 10 percent of the full jackpot.
— Hans Hollenbeck