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2019 Card Player Poker Tour Deadwood Shootout: Warner Ghere Leads After Day 1A

The $1,100 Buy-In Event's Second Starting Flight Kicks Off At 3:00 P.M. On Saturday, Nov. 9


The Card Player Poker Tour has made its way to Deadwood, South Dakota for the first-ever CPPT Deadwood Shootout $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event. The inaugural running of unning this exciting event is taking place from Nov. 8-10 at the Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex.

The first of two starting flights in this event kicked off at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. A total of 69 entries were made, adding $66,930 to the prize pool. After a full day of exciting poker action, play was halted once the field had been narrowed to eight players.

Warner Ghere ended day 1A as the chip leader with 401,500. The Rapid City, South Dakota resident has won the $88 buy-in no-limit hold’em Deep Stack event at the Silverado Franklin Hotel twice in 2019, and will be looking to make yet another deep run in this event. Other big stacks among the final eight include Gabriel Flores (246,500) and Blaine Bacon (234,000).

Anyone getting in on the action for day 1B will start out with 15,000 in starting chips, with another 5,000 available for a $10 add-on. Action will kick off at 3:00 p.m. local time on Nov. 9, with late registration and unlimited re-entry will be available until the start of level 10.

The tournament will utilize the big-blind ante format up until 27 players remain, at which point play will switch to a standard ante. The levels will be 40 minutes in length up until heads-up play, when they will be shortened to 30 minutes.

Here is a look at the chip counts of all eight players to make it through day 1A:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Warner Ghere 401,500
2 Gabriel Flores 246,500
3 Blaine Bacon 234,000
4 Ron Parsons 153,000
5 Aaron Johnson 116,000
6 Eli Trevino 89,500
7 Crystal Taylor 75,000
8 Scott Christensen 59,500

About The Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex

The Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex is situated at the top of Deadwood’s Historic Main Street. The Casino features a year-round five-table poker room, 375 slot machines, 22 blackjack tables. There will be additional poker tables brought in to accommodate the anticipated large turnout for this CPPT main event.

“We are very customer-service oriented, providing food and free drinks for our players when they are at the tables. We run special promotions like point multipliers on their player’s cards, jackpots hands with quads or better. We try to treat our customers really well, and it keeps our local players coming back,” said Glodt. “We’ve also received really great feedback from players who’ve visited us for any of our previous larger tournament events. We are looking forward to continuing along those lines for all of the new players that will join us for this upcoming CPPT event.”

The Silverado-Franklin has played host to a number of sizable poker tournaments over the years, including the annual South Dakota State Poker Championship. In May of 2019, Sergio Mireles topped a field of 258 entries to win a $1,100 buy-in Mid-States Poker Tour event for $60,946.

In addition to the exciting tournament action, this event also offers players a chance to visit an area known for its colorful ‘Wild West’ history. The city Deadwood was established during the Black Hills Gold Rush in 1876 and is now a National Historic Landmark District. Deadwood was the location where Wild Bill Hickok was murdered. He was famously killed while playing poker, being shot in the back with the AsAc8s8c showing as his upcards in a game of five-card stud at Nuttal & Mann’s Saloon.

The building that now houses the Silverado was erected by W.E. Adams for the Hills Chevrolet Company in 1933. It was later known as the Franklin Garage. In 1989 the structure was restored to become the Silverado Gaming Establishment, following the legalization of gaming in South Dakota in 1989. In 2005 the neighboring Franklin Hotel was purchased and renovated by the Silverado. The first floor of this historic building first reopened in 2007.

You will probably have worked up a hunger after playing poker and checking out everything Deadwood has to over. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic dining options at the Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex.

“There is an all-you-can-eat prime rib buffet, the Silverado Grand Buffet,” said Glodt. “At the Franklin, we have a restaurant called Legends Steakhouse, which is fantastic, and it has been voted the best in the Black Hills for the past two years.”

This year will see the first-ever Card Player Poker Tour champion decided in South Dakota. Make sure to make your way to Deadwood for your chance to raise the trophy in this exciting historic location.

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