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Poker Industry Happenings -- Nov. 1, 2008

Recent Tournament Results and Promotions From Casinos Around the Nation


Get the scoop on the latest promotions and tournament results from casinos near you with's regular Poker Industry Happenings feature.


Bicycle CasinoBicycle Casino

Get a jump-start on the holidays with the Bike’s Hi Limit Stocking Stuffer drawings for games $9-$18 and higher; $10,000 in cash and prizes given away each day. Drawing dates are Dec. 15-19, every half-hour from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Qualifying dates are now through Dec. 19. Each swipe of your Bicycle Casino Rewards Card equals one chance in every drawing.

Ladies, win your way into the World Series of Poker. There are seven events to go in the $100 + $20 buy-in Luck Be a Lady Series for a chance to win cash and a seat in the 2009 WSOP ladies event. Check for dates and times with the Bike’s Welcome Center at (562) 806-4646, ext. 545, or online at

Commerce CasinoCommerce Casino

The annual Holiday Bonus Tournament kicks off Friday, Nov. 7. It includes both limit and no-limit hold’em events, and has grown to become a 17-day tournament with 15 events, not including the Nov. 21 supersatellite day, and a prize pool of nearly $1 million is anticipated.

It opens with a $225 buy-in no-limit hold’em event. Two other featured events this year are the $335 buy-in no-limit hold’em events being held on Nov. 8 and Nov. 15, with multiple rebuys and a $200,000 guarantee in each.

A turbo event will also take place this year, starting on Nov. 14, showcasing six-player tables and shortened rounds. And on Nov. 9, Nov. 13, Nov. 16, and Nov. 18, Commerce Casino will host $225 buy-in no-limit hold’em deep-stack events.
This tournament concludes on Nov. 22 with the start of the Holiday Bonus championship. This two-day event will be a $1,580 buy-in no-limit hold’em challenge.

The starting time for all events is 6 p.m., except for the championship, which starts at 2 p.m. Events with more than 100 players will be played over two days, with the second day beginning at 9 p.m. For more tournament information, go to or call (323) 721-2100 and ask for the tournament office.

Hawaiian Gardens CasinoHawaiian Gardens Casino

The casino’s poker tournaments now offer more starting chips and better starting times. In the casino’s pro football handicapping contest, the player who picks the most winning teams each week wins $1,000 cash. The casino is continuing its blackjack progressive cash drawings with drawings routinely reaching the $20,000 range.

Napa Valley Casino

Two different no-limit hold’em games are now spread. The smaller game is a $50 minimum, $200 maximum buy-in with $1-$2-$3 blinds. The game is expected to go around-the-clock every day. All players are eligible for the morning bonus ($50 gets you $80 for the first nine players, and $25 gets you $40 for everyone else from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.). The bigger game features a $300 minimum buy-in and no maximum buy-in. The blinds are $2-$3-$5 and it can be killed for $10 from any position.

Both no-limit hold’em games are eligible for all promotions (monster bad beat is currently at $63,000; easy bad beat of $3,000; royal flush bonus of either $599 with two cards or $100 with one card; and progressive straight-flush bonuses).
Also spread are $3-$6 and $4-$8 half-kill Texas hold’em and $4-$8 half-kill Omaha eight-or-better.

Normandie CasinoNormandie Casino

The Normandie Casino rewards players with prize giveaways in the Red Dragon Room. In the High-Hand Bonus Prize Giveaway, players have the chance to win a prize every time they receive certain high hands. The prizes are iPod nanos, $100 gas cards, and 32-inch LCD HD TVs.

Every night between 6 p.m. and midnight, the casino offers $1 beer, blackjack, three-card poker, and hot dogs!

Every Sunday at 1 p.m., the Normandie Casino has a $5,000 freeroll no-limit hold’em tournament with a $5 entry fee and maximum of 100 players. Players may qualify with $5 from their Koi Card (Player Rewards Card). Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday. A free-meal voucher is included.

There is a pai gow poker tournament every Saturday at 4 p.m. with a $5,000-guaranteed prize pool. The buy-in is $25 plus a $5 entry fee, with a maximum of 100 players. This tourney also features a $1,000 high-hand bonus.

In the money machine grab, 20 lucky winners have 20 seconds to grab at $500 cash on Fridays at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight, and also every hour on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

A new addition to the Normandie Casino lineup is a game called pai gow gold, which plays the same as pai gow poker, with the chance to win six times your bet.

In the Score & Win Football Cash Giveaway on Sundays and Mondays, it’s the Asian section vs. the poker section; as each team scores points, players win cash.

Qualify for Aces Cracked every day. Lose with pocket aces on the showdown in hold’em and three aces on the showdown in stud and you’ll win up to $100.

Please call (800) 9-WINNER or visit for more details.

Ocean's Eleven CasinoOcean’s Eleven Casino

On Sunday, Nov. 12, the Autumn Riches no-limit hold’em tournament will be held. The buy-in is $225 and it starts at 11 a.m. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and preregistration is encouraged.

In the month of December, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Dec. 16 to Dec. 31, Cash for the Holidays drawings will be held every hour from noon to 9 p.m.

The $100,000-Guaranteed Championship Tournament is scheduled for Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. All players who have played in daily and monthly tournaments and have accumulated 160 points throughout the year will qualify. If you have 60 points, you qualify for the Consolation Tournament, which will be held Dec. 14. Due to the overwhelming number of players for the Consolation Tournament, there will be six qualifying rounds of tournaments. The final two tables will move on to the Dec. 14 main event. Dates are: Dec. 7, 8, and 9. A list will be posted containing players’ dates and times to play.


Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

The Main Event tournament was held recently, and winners were as follows: Middleweight winner, Thomas Farrell, $7,010; Cruiserweight winner, Matthew Fitzgerald; $9,930; and Heavyweight winner, Mark Shoichet, $39,650.


Canterbury Park

Results of the 2008 Fall Classic championship event were as follows:

$1,000 no-limit hold’em
Entrants: 263 • Prize pool: $255,110

1. Naser Alkhatib (Mankato, Minnesota) — $84,184
2. Daniel Kallhof (Andover, Minnesota) — 42,093
3. Judd Greenagel (Minneapolis, Minnesota) — 24,235
4. Matt Alexander — 19,133
5. Everett Carlton — 15,307
6. Tom Wentzel — $12,756
7. Zach Cheatum — 10,204
8. Fred Kalantari — 7,653
9. Brian Clark — 5,102
10. Blake Bohn — 2,551

Running Aces Harness Park

Opened in the early summer, Running Aces Harness Park features a 50-table state-of-the art cardroom with 25 poker tables and 25 casino games. Running Aces holds a number of monthly promotions and tournaments, including Aces Cracked on Mondays, and the 10,000 Lakes Poker Championship, part of the 2008 Heartland Poker Tour, Nov. 5-17. The televised final round will be on Nov. 17.

Some of the property’s amenities include a full-service restaurant, the Winner’s Circle Dining & Lounge, as well as table-side cocktail and dining service. Players can also wager on harness and thoroughbred races from across the country from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The facility also welcomes special events and banquets. Running Aces is located approximately 25 minutes north of the Twin Cities in Columbus, Minnesota, directly off of Interstate 35. You can find more information at



BellagioFrom Nov 28-Dec. 19, the poker room rate will be $109 Sunday through Thursday and $199 Friday and Saturday. Bellagio has also reduced the casino rate during the same period.

Please see a listing of dates below that we have reduced casino rates:

Friday, Oct. 31 — casino rate from $239 to $199
Saturday, Nov. 1 — casino rate from $239 to $199
Sunday, Nov. 23 — casino rate from $159 to $129
Monday, Nov. 24 — casino rate from $159 to $129
Tuesday, Nov. 25 — casino rate from $159 to $129
Saturday, Nov. 29 — casino rate from $239 to $199
Sunday, Dec. 14 — casino rate from $159 to $129
Monday, Dec. 15 — casino rate from $159 to $129
Tuesday, Dec. 16 — casino rate from $159 to $129
Wednesday, Dec. 17 — casino rate from $159 to $129
Thursday, Dec. 18 — casino rate from $159 to $129
Friday, Dec. 19 — casino rate from $239 to $199
Saturday, Dec. 20 — casino rate from $239 to $199
Sunday, Dec. 21 — casino rate from $159 to $129
Monday, Dec. 22 — casino rate from $159 to $129
Tuesday, Dec. 23 — casino rate from $159 to $129
Friday, January 2 — casino rate from $239 to $199
Saturday, January 3 — casino rate from $239 to $199
Sunday, January 4 — casino rate from $159 to $129
Monday, January 5 — casino rate from $159 to $129
Tuesday, January 6 — casino rate from $159 to $129

Recent weekly tournament results were as follows:

$1,000 no-limit hold’em
Entrants: 35 • Prize pool: $33,950

1. Chance Korhuth (Denver, Colorado) — $15,280
2. Yoav Stahl — (Be’er Sheva, Israel) — 8,490
3. Michael Simhai (Beverly Hills, California) — 5,095
4. Mark Luciano (San Leandro, California) — 3,385
5. Derrick Arnold (Macomb, Illinois) — 1,700

$1,000 no-limit hold’em
Entrants: 24 • Prize pool: $23,280

1. Kyle Carlston (Las Vegas, Nevada) — $11,640
2. Kenneth Bass (Fresno, California) — 6,985
3. Stephen Suarez (Van Nuys, California) — 4,655

$1,000 no-limit hold’em
Entrants: 40 • Prize pool: $38,800

1. Steven Thompson (Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania) — $11,275
2. Simon Gagge (Copenhagen, Denmark) — 10,930
3. Hassan Mechammil (Encino, California) — 10,775
4. Clement Cho (Cheltenham, Pennsylvania) — 3,880
5. John Ryan (Mansfield, Texas) — 1,940

$1,000 no-limit hold’em
Entrants: 45 • Prize pool: $43,650

1. Joseph Milano (Madison, Wisconsin) — $18,335
2. Kevin O’Boyle (San Francisco, California) — 12,225
3. Nick Sberna (Solon, Ohio) — 6,550
4. Rosalind Juarbe (Las Vegas, Nevada) — 4,355
5. Anna Wroblewski (Las Vegas, Nevada) — 2,185

$1,000 no-limit hold’em
Entrants: 27 • Prize pool: $26,190

1. Darrin Lamoureux (Winnipeg, Canada) — $11,000
2. Juan Jalil (Mexico) — 7,595
3. Clifton Allen (Camarillo, California) — 7,595

$1,000 no-limit hold’em
Entrants: 28 • Prize pool: $27,160

1. Vahagh Kagramanyan (Sherman Oaks, California) — $10,480
2. Nathan Hedrick (Denver, Colorado) — 8,845
3. Albert Ciaglia (Las Vegas, Nevada) — 7,835

$1,000 no-limit hold’em
Entrants: 40 • Prize pool: $38,800

1. Chance Korhuth (Denver, Colorado) — $17,460
2. Art Alaniz (McAllen, Texas) — 7,760
3. Gary Haglund (Colorado Springs, Colorado) — 7,760
4. Nicholas Yankanich (Aliquippa, Pennsylvania) — 3,880
5. Justin Warner (Naples, Florida) — 1,940

$1,000 no-limit hold’em
Entrants: 36 • Prize pool: $34,920

1. Stephan Freudenberger (Las Vegas, Nevada) — $13,120
2. Wai Yiu Francis Fan (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) — 11,325
3. Hassan Mechammil (Encino, California) — 5,240
4. Hang Lam (Las Vegas, Nevada) — 3,490
5. William Wagner Jr. (Massillon, Ohio) — 1,745

$1,000 no-limit hold’em
Entrants: 13 • Prize pool: $12,610

1. Timothy Finne (Tucson, Arizona) — $4,700
2. Fouad Adli (Rancho Palos Verdes, California) — 4,320
3. Tom Cleary (Clearwater, Florida) — 3,590

$1,000 no-limit hold’em
Entrants: 10 • Prize pool: $9,700

1. Steve Musket (Las Vegas, Nevada) — $4,859
2. Mike Landers (Las Vegas, Nevada) — 2,910
3. Al Adler (Bakersfield, California) — 1,940



almost 13 years ago

Ironic... this article seems rather geocentric with an emphasis on California. Now I may be from the east coast so I realize that do to this article i might just be a figment of my own imagination... I also realize that there isn't much going on back east right now to report on... As well as the fact that is semi-cold here already and with the options of europe and california who in god's name would wanna come here... Gee, i don't know... Maybe its my East Coast education... But there is more going on in the industry then just in California and vegas... a Tiny blurb on a florida casino who sponsors the grinder... and The HPT stop... (and if you cant figure out why they might include that you might wanna confine your playing to that tour cause... DEM"S UR PEAPELL) Too far... Too bad it's been a bad day... But I Digress, My point is Atlantic City, Conn., Upstate NY, and all 30+ casinos in the gulf states Exist... Include Them!!

@ Minimum try mentioning the Shak's charity tournament coming up... Even if you already had an article about it try mentioning it again... Charity is important not the belaggio's weekly tournament results for events with 10 fricken people in them... That's a Fcking SNG... I don't know who edits the news teams articles... but they seem to be no one more than the writers themselves... GET A CLUE..


almost 13 years ago

Aspirin time for ZK... Just change the title of the article to "... -- Part I" and follow it up with a "Part II." No biggie.


almost 13 years ago

Thats the problem... there is... never was... and probably won't ver be a part two...