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Warner Ghere Wins Inaugural Card Player Poker Tour Deadwood Shootout Main Event

The Rapid City, SD Resident Topped A Field of 157 Entries To Earn $39,215


Warner Ghere has won the first-ever Card Player Poker Tour main event held in South Dakota. The Rapid City, SD resident overcame a total field of 157 entries to take down the 2019 CPPT Deadwood Shooutout $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, earning the trophy and the first-place prize of $39,215.

This event kicked off on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex, with the first of two starting flights. Day 1A saw 69 entries made, with eight players moving on to day 2. Saturday, Nov. 9 saw another 88 entries made on day 1B, bringing the total field to 157 and growing the prize pool to $152,290. Just 15 players moved on to day 2 from the second starting flight.

Sunday, Nov. 10 saw the final 24 players return to play down to a champion. Only the top 18 finishers would make the money. The day began with Ghere in the chip lead, having bagged up 401,500 after day 1A. The next largest stack belonged to Rick Burleson, who ended day 1B with 331,500.

Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming ComplexIn the end, it came down to a heads-up showdown between Ghere and Burleson. Ghere ultimately emerged victorious, denying Burleson his second big title won at the Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex. Burleson had defeated a field of 286 entrants to win the 2018 South Dakota State Poker Championship last spring for a $63,462. Burleson earned $25,965 as the runner-up in this event, bringing his career live tournament earnings total to $96,141.

In addition to the title and the money, Ghere was also awarded 288 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his first career POY-qualified score. The 2019 POY race is sponsored by Global Poker.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Warner Ghere $39,215 288
2 Rick Burleson $25,965 240
3 Julian Swindle $16,752 192
4 Gabriel Flores $12,945 144
5 Ross Reichert $9,518 120
6 Calvin Dardis $7,615 96
7 Eli Trevino $6,092 72
8 Leonardo Valenzuela $4,797 48
9 Crystal Taylor $3,807 24

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. Additional poker tables were brought in 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.”

For more information about the Silverado Franklin and to make reservations, check out Additional information on the Card Player Poker Tour can be found at

Photo via Silverado Franklin website.