The Ante Up Poker Tour will make its first appearance in Arizona when Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino hosts a multi-day event March 22-24 next year.
“Ante Up is a leader in the industry and brings innovation and prestige to poker,” said Zach Lansing, poker room manager at Vee Quiva in Laveen, near Phoenix. “We here at Gila River Casinos want to align ourselves with entities that set the bar in the industry and set it high.”
The event will be a single $300 tournament with four starting flights and a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. Players will be able to re-enter as often as they wish for the first 10 levels, and satellites will be offered as well. The winner will appear on the cover of Ante Up Magazine, get a seat in the 2018 Ante Up World Championship Main Event in August and a personalized champion’s jacket.
“This event will be the largest tournament prize pool to date for Gila River Hotels & Casinos,” Lansing said. “We here at Vee-Quiva Poker Room have done extensive research of many other tournaments to provide what we think will be a world-class experience for not only local players, but for any players wishing to travel to the Phoenix area for this event.”
Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino is one of three casinos in the Gila River Hotels & Casinos family, which is owned and operated by the Gila River Indian Community. Its casino features a 14-table poker room, 36 table games, more than 900 slot machines and a 550-seat bingo hall. The resort offers 90 luxurious hotel rooms, outdoor pool with poolside suites, event center, four bars and lounges and six restaurants, including a Ditka’s Restaurant from the legendary Chicago Bears coach.
“Ever since we merged with Southwest Poker News, Ante Up has enjoyed a terrific relationship with poker rooms in Arizona and throughout the Southwest,” said Scott Long, publisher of Ante Up Magazine with Christopher Cosenza. “We are excited to finally bring the Ante Up Poker Tour to the Grand Canyon State and to a beautiful AAA Four Diamond resort, which will know will provide a fantastic experience to all players at and away from the tables.”