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  1. There was a time in the not-too-distant past where Jason Mercier would put on a Springtime show on the online poker felt. Mercier is one of just 10 players to have won five PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker titles and was the 2015 SCOOP Player of the Year. On Friday night, the 33-year-old won his first World Poker Tour Online title after shipping Event #46 ($10,300 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller) for more than a quarter-million dollars. Mercier defeated Linus Loeliger heads-up to put a bow on topping the 101-player field to win $279,265. Loeliger ended up earning $176,750 while third-place finisher Viktor Blom walked away with $121,200. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Yuri Dzivielevski just missed out on a podium finish earning $86,860 for fourth place. Mercier's win was one of five WPT Online titles awarded on Friday. Frank Lillis took down Event #47 ($1,575 Six Max Bounty Hunter) for $35,456.23 and another $39,931.67 worth of bounties. Patrik Sundvik came in second place for $35,415.72 and $13,798.82. Pavel Plesuv, who won a SCOOP title earlier in the week, narrowly missed out on a second title, finishing in third place for $25,193.32 and another $13,863.28 from collected bounties Team partypoker Pro Kristen Bicknell finished fourth for $18,403.80 and an additional $1,968.75 in bounties. Alex Everitt topped the 1,367-entry field in Event #47 Mini ($162 Six Max Bounty Hunter) to win $12,071 and another $9,311.61 in bounties. United Kingdom-based Andres Gonzalez De Agustin earned $8,478.16 from the prize pool and another $12,164.09 in bounties after outlasting 184 other runners in Event #48 ($530 Six Max Hyper Bounty NLHE). Players player from the U.K. took up the top four spots. Runner-up Josh Anthony Mitchell Hall earned $8,468.80 and $2,234.36 from bounties, third-place finisher Jareth East won $5,957.88 and $2,664.06 in bounties, while Ian Hamilton banked $4,316.15 from the prize pool and $1,640.62 in bounties for finishing fourth. Fausto Tantillo won Event #48 Mini ($55 Six Max Hyper Bounty NLHE) to win $3,099.06 and another $2,127.84 in bounties. The fifth WPT DeepStacks flight also ran on Friday with 196 players paying the $1,050 buy-in. Erick Delgado Fernandez finished with the biggest stack (519,490) to lead the 27 players who advanced to Day 2. Event #40 Mini: $109 Mini WPT DeepStacks Flight 1E Entries: 719 Prize pool: $71,900 George Mavrikkou - 749,664 Jens Lakemeier - 648,379 Oleg Netaliev - 648,331 Gregory Mc Auley - 544,796 Francis Talbot - 482,348 Shankar Pillai - 472,493 Brad Simpson - 439,316 Andy Goosen - 434,954 Fabrizio Gonzalez - 417,738 Amichai Barer - 396,719 Event #40: $1,050 WPT DeepStacks Flight 1E Entries: 196 Prize pool: $196,000 Erick Delgado Fernandez - 519,490 Carmine Claps - 474,602 Daniel Christofer Erlandsson - 440,188 Jarkko Nystrom - 437,222 James Rann - 396,862 Ilya Anatski - 355,113 Dimitar Danchev - 332,046 Andres Gonzalez De Agustin - 280,765 Shankar Pillai - 230,337 Jans Arends - 208,880 Event #46: $10,300 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller Entries: 101 Prize pool: $1,010,000 Jason Mercier - $279,265 Linus Alarik Loeliger - $176,750 Viktor Blom - $121,200 Yuri Dzivielevski - $86,860 Andras Torberg - $63,125 John O'Shea - $41,915 Event #47 Mini: $162 Six Max Bounty Hunter Entries: 1,367 Prize pool: $205,050 Alex Everitt - $12,071 + $9,311.61 Elvis Arzic - $12,049.62 + $3,785.51 Pedro Perez Gomez - $9,385.02 + $3,193.11 Maximilian Lehmanski - $6,784.35 + $918.75 Mathias Siljander - $4,522.90 + $2,315.09 Steven Gray - $2,826.81 + $1,066.42 Event #47: $1,575 Six Max Bounty Hunter Entries: 269 Prize pool: $403,500 Frank Lillis - $35,456.23 + $39,931.67 Patrik Sundvik - $35,415.72 + $13,798.82 Pavel Plesuv - $25,193.32 + $13,863.28 Kristen Bicknell - $18,403.80 + $1,968.75 Alexandre Reard - $13,717.12 + $7,195.31 David Tovar Lasierra - $9,144.75 + $8,414.06 Event #48 Mini: $55 Six Max Hyper Bounty NLHE Entries: 906 Prize pool: $45,300 Fausto Tantillo - $3,099.06 + $2,127.84 Niklas Ehrenholz - $3,094.12 + $1,344.99 Daniel Bowden - $2,304.11 + $767.42 Ryan Yearsley - $1,610.12 + $535.57 Pascal Gregoire - $1,066.81 + $323.44 David Patz - $729.33 + $192.58 Event #48: $530 Six Max Hyper Bounty NLHE Entries: 185 Prize pool: $92,500 Andres Gonzalez De Agustin - $8,478.16 + $12,164.09 Josh Anthony Mitchell Hall - $8,468.80 + $2,234.36 Jareth East - $5,957.88 + $2,664.06 Ian Hamilton - $4,316.15 + $1,640.62 Fabiano Kovalski - $3,177.53 + $843.75 Luke Martinelli - $2,118.35 + $2,093.75
  2. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, a number of poker events have been postponed or cancelled. This article will be updated regularly as tournament organizers make announcements. UPDATE 3/17/20: PokerStars announced today that EPT Sochi, originally scheduled to take place March 20-29, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/17/20: World Poker Tour CEO Adam Pliska issued a statement to announce the postponing of the WPT's three televised final tables set to play out March 31-April 2 at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The tentative plan is to finish these events in May with the WPT's second set of televised final tables. The three event final tables postponed are the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, and the WPT L.A. Poker Classic. UPDATE 3/17/20: Playground Poker Club announced that the upcoming WPTDeepStacks Montreal tournament has been postponed. The event was originally scheduled for April 16-27. New dates will be made public once decided. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Irish Poker Open was previously postponed. On Monday, March 16, partypoker announced that have partnered with the Irish Poker Open to play the series online April 6-12. UPDATE 3/16/20: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, said that it will temporarily suspend operations by 8 p.m. ET on Monday, March 16. The 2020 Borgata Spring Poker Open, originally scheduled for April 7-24, is cancelled. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Venetian poker room released a statement on Monday that the poker room will operate with a maximum of three players per table. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Orleans poker room stated that all cash and tournament tables will have a maximum of five players, starting Monday, March 15. Included in the announcement was messaging that stated cash games will have reduced rake during this time. UPDATE 3/16/20: Following the closing of the Wynn poker room, the entire Wynn Las Vegas resort will close temporarily started Tuesday, March 17. MGM Resorts also announced it would be temporarily closing its Las Vegas casinos. UPDATE 3/16/20: Commerce Casino, located in Los Angeles and home to one of the largest card rooms in the world, closed on Saturday, March 14, and will remain closed until at least Sunday, March 29. UPDATE 3/15/20: The WSOP announced that the WSOP Circuit St. Maarten stop, scheduled for March 25-April 6, is postponed indefinitely. UPDATE 3/15/20: Wynn poker room in Las Vegas closed on Sunday, March 15, at 6 a.m. PT and will remain closed until further notice. Access to deposit boxes will be available Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT. Players have been asked to visit the casino cage at Encore for chip redemption. UPDATE 3/14/20: Starting Saturday, March 14, Bay 101 Casino in Northern California is temporarily suspending all casino operations, the company said in a statement. The plan is to close for at least three weeks until April 4. UPDATE 3/13/20: The World Series of Poker issued a bevy of announcements regarding its events. Live WSOP Circuit stops at Harrah's Atlantic City in New Jersey, King's Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles have been suspended, with expectations that the festivals and events will resume when appropriate. WSOP Circuit stops at Bally's Las Vegas, Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina, and Casino Barriere Le Croisette in Cannes, France, have all been postponed, with new dates to be announced should they be established. In response to the changes, the WSOP announced a WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series for March 14-31. The festival features 18 gold ring events and more than $1 million in prize pool guarantees. The 18 events are said to count for the Global Casino Championship leaderboard points standings. UPDATE 3/13/20: Jason Somerville's very popular Run It Up Reno scheduled to take place in April has been cancelled. In the company statement, Run It Up said that it looks forward to seeing players at the Run It Up Reno event scheduled for October 30-November 9 later this year. UPDATE 3/13/20: PokerStars announced updates for the Brazilian Series of Poker São Paulo and the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour events. Both of these events have been postponed. An update for EPT Sochi is said to come in the coming days following the company's review. UPDATE 3/13/20: The World Poker Tour has updated its groups of events that have been affected by COVID-19. The list of postponed events now includes WPT Venetian, WPT Barcelona, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, WPTDeepStacks Maryland, WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville, the WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley, and the WPTDeepStacks European Championship. WPTDeepStacks Vietnam and WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam have been cancelled. UPDATE 3/13/20: The MSPT tournament scheduled to take place at Meskwaki Casino in Iowa from March 20-22 has been postponed. UPDATE 3/13/20: The WSOP Circuit event at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City has cancelled the rest of its events. "In the interest of protecting the health and well-being of players and staff, the decision was made to cancel the rest of the events for the series." The series was scheduled to run through March 16. UPDATE 3/13/20: King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, announced today that the venue will be closed until further notice "in compliance with the Czech government-issued restrictions." At the time of the announcing, King's Casino was hosting a WSOP International Circuit series, originally scheduled to run through March 23. UPDATE 3/12/20: The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles has announced it is postponing the remainder of the WSOP Circuit series currently running at the venue and originally scheduled to take place through March 18. UPDATE 3/12/20: Thunder Valley announced that the WPTDeepStacks Championship, scheduled for March 19-April 7, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: WPT Venetian, a $5,000 buy-in event scheduled for March 13-17 with a $2 million guaranteed prize pool, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: Wynn Poker announced they will postpone the Wynn Spring Classic events scheduled for March 13-18. The suspension includes the series' $5,300 Championship. At the time of the announcement, the $1,100 No Limit Hold'em event was currently playing and is planned to complete its Day 2 on Friday, March 13. UPDATE 3/12/20: PokerCentral announced that the US Poker Open, which was set to run March 19-31 at the PokerGO studios at the ARIA Hotel in Las Vegas, has been indefinitely postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: The RunGood Poker Series at Horseshoe Bossier City, originally scheduled for March 31 - April 5, was postponed with no date announced. UPDATE 3/12/20: The WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam event began as scheduled on March 12, only to have the host property, Holland Casino, cancel the event midway through the first day of play after Dutch officials barred large gatherings of people. On March 8, PokerStars announced that all European events on the calendar before April 10, 2020, have been postponed. This included three Road to PSPC events in Hamburg, Germany, La Grande Motte, France, and Madrid, Spain. The European Poker Tour event in Sochi, Russia, scheduled for March 20-29 will go ahead as planned, as will the Okada Manila Millions, and the Brazilian Series of Poker event in Sao Paulo. According to sources within the company, The Stars Group has also restricted all of its employees from traveling until further notice. [ptable zone=“888poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] On March 2, King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech has responded to the widespread outbreak in Italy by banning all players from that country until further notice. A WSOP Circuit event, with 15 Circuit rings up for grabs, is currently underway. "We have chosen to completely limit access in all areas of the casino, not even accepting hotel reservations, to all residents and coming from Italy indefinitely, cancelling from now all the events of March and April 2020 that target mainly target the audience mentioned above," a King's staff member wrote on the King's official Facebook page. On March 10, the WPT and partypoker LIVE have postponed the WPT event scheduled for March 22 - April 5 in Barcelona, Spain . The decision to postpone came just days after the two organizers announced the event would go on as planned without the €5,000,000 guarantee. Players who qualified online will be offered opportunities to use that seat for another event. That wasn't the first WPT event to feel the effect of concerns over the coronavirus. On February 17, the WPT Deepstacks event in Vietnam, originally scheduled for March 13 -22, was cancelled and WPT Taiwan, March 27-April 6, was postponed. Triton Poker has also been impacted. Back in early February, Triton announced the Jeju Super High Roller Series, which was scheduled for March 2-9, was postponed. On March 4, organizers made the decision to cancel the event altogether. On March 9, partypoker announced that players who have won seats into partypoker LIVE events will be afforded some flexibility and will be able to use their seat at a later date should they decide to not play. "I think we've got a responsibility to players and staff to not expect them to travel," said Rob Yong, partypoker partner and Dusk Till Dawn owner. "I know a lot of people's wives and families have said I prefer you not to go and we need to respect that." The Irish Poker Open, the second-longest running poker tournament in the world, was postponed on March 10 with no future date announced. Players who won their seat into the event via online or live satellites will have the seat honored for the future date. The World Series of Poker has yet to make an official statement in regards to the 2020 WSOP, but their verified Twitter account has replied to some people who have asked, "We are monitoring COVID-19 developments very carefully and have no plans to cancel WSOP at this time." Meanwhile, betting site PokerShares.com has posted odds on if the 2020 WSOP Main Event will be played out as scheduled. Originally opening with the No side as a +495 underdog, the line current line is the opposite, with Yes being a +235 underdog. Poker Tournaments Postponed Due to Coronavirus Irish Poker Open (April 6-12 online at partypoker) Road to PSPC Hamburg (Date TBD) Road to PSPC La Grande Motte (Date TBD) Road to PSPC Madrid (Date TBD) Winamax Poker Tour Grand Final (Date TBD) WPT Barcelona (Date TBD) RunGood Poker Series Horseshoe Bossier City (Date TBD) US Poker Open (Date TBD) Wynn Spring Classic (Date TBD) WPT Venetian (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Maryland (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks European Championship (Date TBD) WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (Date TBD) BSOP São Paulo (Date TBD) PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Harrah's AC (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Bally's Las Vegas (Date TBD) WSOP International Circuit King's Resort (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Bicycle Hotel & Casino (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Harrah's Cherokee (Date TBD) WSOP International Circuit Casino Barriere Le Croisette (Date TBD) WSOP International Circuit St. Maarten (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Montreal (Date TBD) WPT TV final tables (Date TBD) EPT Sochi (Date TBD) Poker Tournaments Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju WPTDeepStacks Vietnam Golden Poker Million Marrakech Bounty Poker Tour 888poker LIVE Bucharest Netbet Open Craiova Unibet DeepStack Open Aix en Provence Norwegian Championships LEX LIVE 3 Barriere Poker Tour Ribeauvillé WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam Run It Up Reno X Borgata Spring Poker Open
  3. Poker's Mid-Major circuits are home to some of poker's brightest up-and-coming stars. Each month, PocketFives breaks down the big winners from the WSOP Circuit, WPT DeepStacks, Heartland Poker Tour, and Mid-States Poker. Viet Vo Conquers Rio Las Vegas WSOP Circuit Main Event The Las Vegas WSOP Circuit events are usually the biggest and arguably the toughest fields of the season. Viet Vo beat out 951 other players to win the first Circuit ring of his career. "It feels good. I’ve been wanting this for a long time. I got second in the Main Event in Chicago three years and a half ago. I got 11th last year in the Main Event at the Bicycle Casino. I bubbled the final table. To finally be able to close it out today, it feels good," Vo said after his win. The victory earned him $274,030 and pushed his career earnings to just shy of $1.7 million. The final table included Jared Jaffee, Cylus Watson, Nick Pupillo and eventual runner-up Sohale Khalili. Ali Imsirovic picked up the first WSOP Circuit ring of his career in the $2,200 High Roller event by beating a final table that included Asher Conniff, Upeshka De Silva, Barry Hutter, and Aaron Massey. Zachary Donovan Wins Second Career WSOPC Ring at Coconut Creek Nearly six years after winning a $365 buy-in WSOP Circuit event at Foxwoods, Zachary Donovan won the $1,700 Main Event at Coconut Creek in Florida to win his second ring and $243,916. Donovan started the final table with the chip lead and started heads up play with the lead over runner up Sokchheka Pho. Jason Young finished third for $110,859. Mike Hudson Wins WSOPC Potawatomi Main Event WSOP Circuit stops are usually full of players who grind their way through all 12 events before moving on to the next stop. Mike Hudson is apparently the exception to the rule. Hudson beat out 666 other players to win the Main Event at Potawatomi after not playing any other events at that stop. The final table included Eric Wasylenko, Brett Apter, former #1 PocketFiver Kevin Saul, and second place finisher Joshua Turner. The win was the first time Hudson cashed in a WSOP Circuit Main Event and his first live cash since April 2015. Nick Pupillo Takes Heartland Poker Tour Title in Black Hawk Just a week before finishing fourth at the WSOP Circuit event at the Rio, Nick Pupillo beat out 587 other players to win the Heartland Poker Tour event in Black Hawk, Colorado for $194,478. The win moved Pupillo into a tie with Nick Davidson for HPT Season XV Player of the Year. Brian Wilson Tops Star-Studded MSPT Poker Bowl III Final Table Canadian Brian Wilson arrived in Las Vegas for Super Bowl weekend and left with $143,929 and the title of Mid-States Poker Tour Poker Bowl III champion. Wilson, runner-up Pedro Mendes and third place finisher Eli Ross agreed to a three-way deal to wrap things up. Mendes and Ross each left with just a touch over $119,000. The final table also included Vegas locals Eddy Sabat, Shannon Shorr, and Eric Baldwin. Martin Gaudreault Wins WPT DeepStacks Montreal Martin Gaudreault worked his way through an all-Canadian final table at the WPT DeepStacks Montreal Main Event to pick up the first live win of his career and $ 139,311. Gaudreault's only other live cash came in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event at the 2011 World Series of Poker. “It’s awesome obviously, I have no words, it’s just incredible. I don’t play too many tournaments, and just going out and binking one of the biggest ones I play is awesome,” said Gaudreault. The $1,650 CDN ($1,110 US) buy-in event drew out 686 players to push the total prize pool to $760,712. Mike Leah finished 36th for $3,670. Mohamed Abdou Takes Down WPT DeepStacks Brussels The Grand Casino in Brussels played host to the WPT DeepStacks €1,200 Main Event and 584 players. Mohamed Abdou outlasted all of them on his way to the first live win of his career and $ 136,217. All of Abdou's previous eight cashes came in his native France and his biggest score was $17,171. Michael Mizrachi finished 27th for $4,143 while Triple Crown holder Davidi Kitai picked up $2,724 for finishing 56th. Matt Kirby Wins MSPT Canterbury Park for Third MSPT Win Matt Kirby became the third three-time Mid-States Poker Tour champion after beating 478 other players to win the $1,100 buy-in MSPT Canterbury Park Main Event. Kirby, who picked up $99,573 for the win, had previously won MSPT Walker and MSPT Onamia in 2012. The only other players with three MSPT titles are Blake Bohn and Carl Carodenuto.
  4. It's the end of December, which means the various Player of the Year races will come to a close. One leaderboard that has already wrapped up is for the WPT DeepStacks Player of the Year. Longtime PocketFiver Tristan Cre8ive Wade (pictured) took it down with 712 points, 118 more than the second place player. Wade opened the year by finishing 25th at the WPT DeepStacks Hollywood event in Florida before exiting in fifth place from the tournament series' stop in Iowa. Then, he recorded top-25 finishes in Immokalee, San Diego, and Redding, adding to his Player of the Year score. All told, he cashed in seven DeepStacks events, with finish positions of 25th, 15th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 23rd, and 37th. He played in 14 of 16 WPT DeepStacks events this season and, accordingly, cashed in half of them. Wade is actually a WPT DeepStacks Ambassador and, as such, the sponsorship package that goes to the winner of the Player of the Year leaderboard will instead be awarded to Rex Clinkscales, who finished second. Here's how the top 10 of the WPT DeepStacks Player of the Year looked. The leaderboard is powered by the Global Poker Index: Wade commented in a blog post about his win, "It was a great experience to travel and play for most of the season of the tour. I went to a lot of different places, met a bunch of great people, learned a ton, had a blast playing poker and representing the DeepStacks brand… Traveling the tour and getting to know the people who play our events has given me a lot of wisdom to help grow the poker circuit. I'm excited to put the new knowledge I've learned to good use." Wade told PocketFives on Saturday, "I feel great about winning Player of the Year for Season 2 of the WPT DeepStacks tour. I have worked diligently on my poker game over the years, from playing to studying to coaching others. It's always nice to have success and your efforts recognized. Winning the POY has opened more doors for me. I plan on taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves. Also, the support I've received is amazing. Thank you. I want to keep the momentum going." The Floridian has $1.4 million in career live winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, the largest of which was worth $292,000 and came in 2011 via a fourth place finish in a Six-Max event at the World Series of Poker. He won a WSOP Circuit ring in 2014 in West Palm Beach and won a WSOP bracelet in Cannes in a Shootout event in 2011. Wade's bracelet was one of 23 won by PocketFivers that year. Wade is #33 on the all-time live money list for Florida and #258 worldwide in the Global Poker Index. PocketFives has tracked another $1.4 million in online winnings for Wade, the largest of which was worth $47,000 for final tabling the PokerStarsSunday 500 in 2010. He pocketed $46,000 one year prior after a third place finish in the Full Tilt $1K Monday. He has won the PokerStars Sunday $109 Rebuy multiple times. Congrats to Wade on winning the WPT DeepStacks Player of the Year race! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  5. It was nearly a generation ago when there was a deep divide between ‘online’ players and their ‘live pro’ counterparts. Nowadays, just about everyone who knows about the game of poker realizes that, for those that afforded the ability to play online poker, the online and live games complement each other more than ever. While PA online poker players continue to wait for their state-regulated poker sites to launch, there are still a number of options to get in some check-raising and three-betting in the Keystone State. One caveat though, you're going to have to put on pants. Harrah’s Philadephia Located in Chester, PA on the Delaware River waterfront, the spacious 28-table poker room of Harrah’s Philadelphia is noted as the only World Series of Poker-branded room in the state of Pennsylvania. With so many tables, the room often spreads games according to the desires of the players. Standard games include No Limit games starting at $1/3 and $2/5 blinds with the occasional larger $5/10 game being spread. Player bonuses include High Hand, Hot Seat and Bad Beat Jackpot promotions. Basically, Harrah’s Philadelphia is a full-service card room giving most grinders everything they are looking for in a cash game. They also offer daily tournaments. The casino has, in the past, been the site for WSOP Circuit stops with players like Phillip Hui and Kyle Bowker winning circuit rings back in 2014. With Harrah’s Philadelphia being owned by Caesars Interactive Entertainment, the provider of the WSOP.com network in both Nevada and New Jersey, it’s very likely that players in PA will, at some point, have the opportunity to join their larger network of shared liquidity. Once players can compete on WSOP.com, it opens the door for the WSOP to add Philadelphia back into their live schedule as well. Parx Casino Just northeast of Philadelphia, Parx Casino is known as one of the East Coast’s largest poker rooms with 48 poker tables and a full slate of poker tournaments that keeps grinders in action year-round. One of the benefits of having so many tables is the ability to offer a variety of games. Of course, both Limit and No Limit Hold’em are regularly spread with Limit games starting at $4/8 and playing as high as $150/$300. No Limit also starts small at $1/2 and will sometimes run as high as $10/25. Additional cash games include regularly spread Pot Limit Omaha as well as a variety of Mixed Games. Like other larger rooms, Parx has a progressive Bad Beat Jackpot that often sits in the six-figure range. Parx is also known for its tournaments. While they offer regularly run daily tournaments, the room is more well known for their ‘Big Stax’ series. The series is run roughly four times a year and for the past three, they have partnered with the World Poker Tour DeepStacks tour once a year. In May, Dominick Sannino took down the $1,600 WPTDeepStacks Main Event at Parx for over $116,000. Parx Casino has plans to launch its online casino on July 15, with online poker to be added at a later time. They have a partnership with GAN and Kambi that will allow them to build out an online arm of their popular live card room. SugarHouse Casino Home to ‘Poker Night In America’ another major player in Philadelphia’s live poker scene is Rush Street Gaming's SugarHouse Casino. Like Parx and Harrah’s, SugarHouse has space to spread a wide variety of cash games and tournaments in their 28-table card room. Typical cash games include low-limit ($1/2) No Limit Hold’em scaling up to $2/5/10 with a $3,000 max buy-in. Both High Hand and Bad Beat promotions are also in play at SugarHouse. SugarHouse offers tournaments four days a week with an occasional four-day tournament challenge (SugarRush Challenge) which are multi-flight tournaments offering big prize pools for smaller buy-ins. Though it’s been a number of years since holding a tour stop in Philadelphia, the last time PNIA was there they held their King of the Hill 3 heads up battle where Daniel Coleman won $200,000 and still currently sits as the casino’s All-Time Money List leader. SugarHouse’s own parent company, Rush Street Gaming - the producers of Poker Night In America - will be proving the technology for SugarHouse to provide online poker. Rivers Casino - Pittsburgh Those living in the Steel City have a large poker room to enjoy at the Rivers Casino located along the Ohio River. The room features 30 poker tables that offer cash games in multiple variants including NLHE, Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo with daily High Hand promotions. When it comes to tournaments, Rivers regularly offers two daily tournaments at smaller buy-ins and then they also welcome larger tours to their room, including the World Poker Tour DeepStacks Pittsburgh stop. 316 players registered for the most recent WPT DeepStacks Main Event in April when Erik Lemaquand took home the title and $66,593. Like SugarHouse in Philadelphia, Rivers Casino is owned by Rush Street Gaming and while the company has yet to announce their online poker plans when poker becomes available it’s likely that the online room will feed players into their live rooms and events. Mount Airy Casino With only nine total tables at the Mount Airy Casino and Resort located in the Pocono Mountains is one of the smaller places to play in PA. Of course, No Limit Hold’em is available but according to their website, Mount Airy also offers Mississippi Stud as an option. So, why keep an eye on the small card room of Mount Airy? Because their online poker partner is none other than the industry’s global leader PokerStars. It’s unlikely that Mount Airy has enough room to host something as extensive at the North American Poker Tour, one of the largest PokerStars festivals to take place inside the U.S. back in 2010/11. But the online giant may have ideas on how to expand their live footprint in PA and if they do, Mount Airy could be a big part of that. In addition to these rooms Pennsylvania has a number of other locations where grinders can find a good live game. The PA action is plentiful at the rooms of the Hollywood Casino at Penn National, Mohegan Sun Pocono, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the part-time room of Presque Isle Downs.
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