ANTE UP SPRING POKER CLASSIC SERIES

GILA RIVER HOTELS & CASINOS - VEE QUIVA • Phoenix, Arizona • March 14-29, 2020



ABOUT THE PROPERTY

CONTACT

ACCOMMODATIONS

AAA 4-Diamond Hotel with 90 rooms. Complimentary wireless Internet and no resort fees!

DINING

  • FULLHOUSE CAFE: American and local specialties
  • GEORGE LOPEZ’S CHINGON KITCHEN: Tex-Mex
  • PANDA EXPRESS: Asian
  • FATBURGER: Burgers
  •  THE COFFEE SHOP

AMENITIES

  • 14-table poker room, nearly 1,000 slot machines, 24 table games and 492-seat bingo hall
  • Four bars
  • Seasonal outdoor pool and cabanas
  • Gift shop
  • Meeting and convention space


EVENT PREVIEW

By Scott Long

The Ante Up Spring Poker Classic at Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Vee Quiva continues to grow by leaps in bounds, with an aggressive 21-event series March 14-29.

Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Vee Quiva - Ante Up Poker Tour“Gila River Hotels & Casinos events with Ante Up have been a huge success,” said Zach Lansing, poker room manager for Vee Quiva’s poker room near Phoenix, Ariz. “Because we are dedicated to creating bigger and better events for our guests, we are always looking to expand the Ante Up Spring Poker Classic with new and innovative tournaments. At Wild Horse Pass and Vee Quiva, we are the Valley’s premiere destination for both live and tournament poker.”

Vee Quiva’s first Ante Up event was one tournament in 2018, expanding to a weeklong series in 2019. This year, the series takes two weeks on the calendar with a variety of events not seen in many series.

“Poker is a sport of many disciplines and at Vee Quiva’s poker room, we continuously show our versatility by offering our guests amazing experiences, whether they play hold’em or are avid mix-game players,” Lansing said.

In addition to HORSE, Omaha/8 and pot-limit Omaha, the variety of events on the schedule extends to deuce-to-seven triple draw, triple mix (2-7 TD A-5 TD and badugi) and super mix (super stud, super badeucy and super badacey).

“Gila River Hotels & Casinos events with Ante Up have been a huge success. Because we are dedicated to creating bigger and better events for our guests, we are always looking to expand the Ante Up Spring Poker Classic with new and innovative tournaments. At Wild Horse Pass and Vee Quiva, we are the Valley’s premiere destination for both live and tournament poker.”

Another unusual event is the 21K Bracket Challenge, which will have 60 players who will begin playing five-handed. The last two players at each table move on to play four-handed, with the last two players from those rounds going on to play three-handed. Players eliminated in this round get $500 in casino promotional chips, with the advancing players playing heads-up. The players eliminated in this round get $1,500 in casino promotional chips, and the final two players play heads-up, with the runner-up getting $4K in casino promotional chips and the champion getting $10K in casino promotional chips.

Other events include a black-chip bounty, a superstack and a women’s championship.

“In a male-dominated sport such as poker, I believe bringing women’s events to all of our series is not only important, but necessary,” Lansing said. “Here at Gila River, we feel that it’s important to give all poker players, especially women, a warm, safe and inviting place to play the game that we all love.”

The highlight of the series, though, will be the $1,100 main event, which has a $100K guarantee and will feature four starting flights spread over two weekends, culminating March 29. The winner will appear on the cover of Ante Up and get an entry and travel package for the Ante Up World Championship in California in July.

Ante Up Poker Championship - Vee QuivaPlayers looking to satellite into events will have plenty of options, starting as early as Feb. 4, at $65 and $125, with $250 single-table shootouts where one in five players will earn a main-event seat. A variety of fixed-limit and spread-limit hold’em cash games are expected to run during the series, with a plethora of mixed games, including but not limited to, Omaha, super mix, drawmaha, triple draw, and Big O.

Located at the foot of beautiful South Mountain, Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Vee Quiva is Arizona’s premiere sanctuary staycation. This AAA Four Diamond Awarded retreat features boutique rooms, delicious dining, an oasis pool and the best gaming found in the Valley.

“Our relationship with Ante Up has been extraordinary,” Lansing said. “Gila River has now hosted three events with Ante Up in Vee Quiva’s poker room and just this past November we expanded into Wild Horse Pass’ poker room with another Ante Up Poker Tour Series. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Ante Up Spring Poker Classic Series in March at Vee Quiva.”



SCHEDULE

  • Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m. – EVENT #1: $280 Kickoff NLHE, $20,000 guaranteed
  • Sunday, March 15, 11 a.m. – EVENT #2: $230 Women’s Championship, $10,000 guaranteed
  • Sunday, March 15, 5 p.m. – EVENT #3: $280 Omaha/8, $10,000 guaranteed
  • Monday, March 16, 11 a.m. – EVENT #4: 425 Build Your Bankroll NLHE
  • Monday, March 16, 6 p.m. – EVENT #5: $380 Bracket Challenge NLHE), $21,000 guaranteed
  • Tuesday, March 17, 11 a.m. – EVENT #6: $65 Build Your Bankroll NLHE
  • Tuesday, March 17, 6 p.m. – EVENT #7: $280 Black Chip Bounty NLHE, $10000 guaranteed
  • Wednesday, March 18, 11 a.m. – EVENT #8: $125 Build Your Bankroll NLHE
  • Thursday, March 19, 11 a.m. – EVENT #9: $65 Build Your Bankroll NLHE
  • Thursday, March 19, 6 p.m. – EVENT #10: $280 Pot-Limit Omaha, $5,000 guaranteed
  • Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m. – $1,100 MAIN EVENT Day 1A, $100,000 guaranteed (winner appears on Ante Up cover and gets seat in Ante Up World Championship)
  • Saturday, March 21, 6 p.m. – $1,100 MAIN EVENT Day 1B, $100,000 guaranteed (winner appears on Ante Up cover and gets seat in Ante Up World Championship)
  • Sunday, March 22, 11 a.m. – EVENT #11: $280 Mid-Series Super Stack NLHE, $20,000 guaranteed
  • Sunday, March 22, 5 p.m. – EVENT #12: $330 HORSE, $5,000 guaranteed
  • Monday, March 23, 11 a.m. – EVENT #13: $125 Build Your Bankroll NLHE
  • Monday, March 23, 6 p.m. – EVENT #14: $330 2-7 Triple Draw
  • Tuesday, March 24, 11 a.m. – EVENT #15: $65 Build Your Bankroll NLHE
  • Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m. – EVENT #16: $330 Triple Mix
  • Wednesday, March 25, 11 a.m. – EVENT #17: $125 Build Your Bankroll NLHE
  • Wednesday, March 25, 6 p.m. – EVENT #18: $230 Hump Day NLHE, $10,000 guaranteed
  • Thursday, March 26, 11 a.m. – EVENT #19: $65 Build Your Bankroll NLHE
  • Thursday, March 26, 6 p.m. – EVENT #20: $330 Super Mix
  • Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m. – $1,100 MAIN EVENT Day 1C, $100,000 guaranteed (winner appears on Ante Up cover and gets seat in Ante Up World Championship)
  • Saturday, March 28, 6 p.m. – $1,100 MAIN EVENT Day 1D, $100,000 guaranteed (winner appears on Ante Up cover and gets seat in Ante Up World Championship)
  • Sunday, March 29, noon – $1,100 MAIN EVENT Day 2

SATELLITES

$250 single-table satellites daily

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. – $65
  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m. – $65
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m. – $65
  • Thursday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m. – $65
  • Sunday, March 1, 6 p.m. – $125
  • Tuesday, March 3, 6 p.m. – $65
  • Thursday, March 5, 6 p.m. – $65
  • Friday, March 6, 6 p.m. – $125
  • Saturday, March 7, 6 p.m. – $125
  • Sunday, March 8, 6 p.m. – $125
  • Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m. – $65
  • Thursday, March 12, 6 p.m. – $65
  • Friday, March 13, 6 p.m. – $125
  • Wednesday, March 18, 6 p.m. – $125
  • Friday, March 20, 11 a.m. – $65
  • Friday, March 20, 6 p.m. – $125
  • Friday, March 27, 11 a.m. – $65

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