The Luxor poker room will host its next Preferred Player’s Tournament open to all as an appreciation event. It will be held Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. The buy-in is $100 for 10,000 starting chips and the level length is 30 minutes.
In addition to the prize pool, there will be house funded giveaways (nothing is taken from the prize pool) during the tournament as follows:
• $20 Food Comps: The player with the most chips at the end of each break and the start of the final table.
• Starbucks: At the end of every level of the tournament, a player still in the tournament will be randomly drawn to receive a Starbucks voucher good for any one item (up to $8 in value).
• Dinner and a Show: The highest hand of the tournament will win $100 dining credit and two tickets to Carrot Top, Fantasy or Blue Man Group.
• Freeroll the Tournament: One player will be randomly chosen to win their entry money back and get to play for free.
• Free Daily Tournament Entries: The first player eliminated and shortest chip stack at each break and final table will receive a free entry ($45 Value).
• Free Card Protector: All entrants into the tournament will receive a Luxor Pyramid card protector.
Players can also win the following bonus prizes by playing the tournament or cash games: Wireless “Beats by Dre” Headphones, Ipod Nano, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8G, Poker Chip Set and a Luxor windbreaker jacket. For more information, check out the details in the poker room.
For the sixth consecutive year, Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma hosted the World Series of Poker circuit. The circuit ran from Jan. 1 to Jan. 18 with a total of 19,892 entries with players from three different countries and 47 states plus Washington D.C.
Andy Philachack from Garland, Texas took home the largest chunk of the prize pool going home with more than $393,000. This is his second win in the series; his first was New Orleans in 2007. The victory also earned him an automatic entry into the invitation-only WSOP Global Casino Championship.
The casino set a new record for the $365 buy-in event with 4,249 players and holds the first and second place record for most entries in the event. It also holds the second place record for the largest $1,675 main event attendees with 1,565 players.
The final table results for the WSOP Main Event are:
1. Andy Philachack $393,188 Garland, Texas;
2. Jeffrey Landherr $243,694 O’Fallon, Missouri;
3. Andy Spears $181,321 Buffalo, New York;
4. William Berry $136,812 Norman, Oklahoma;
5. Noy Ratsaphangthong $104,393 N/A;
6. Justin Liberto $80,566 Fallston, Maryland;
7. Jim Carroll $62,866 Frisco, Texas;
8. Mel Lyon $49,600 Moore, South Carolina;
9. Nathan Russler $39,590 Jackson, Mississippi.
Good luck, and may the “nuts” be with you!
H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 21-year resident of Las Vegas. Email: [email protected].