Pechanga should be on poker player's list

Mar 15, 2016 3:00 AM

Poker players who think they have what it takes to play in the top tournament in the world should mark their calendars for Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. and get themselves to the Pechanga Poker Room in Southern California.

The Las Vegas Main Event Prize Package-a trip to the World Series of Poker tournament gets underway for those who buy in for $250. The last player left takes first place and an $11,000 prize package. There’s $10,000 for the winner’s buy-in to the summer poker tournament’s WSOP main event. The remaining $1,000 is theirs to use for hotel, food and whatever else they choose to have stay in Vegas. All qualifying players will win cash from the remainder of the prize pool.

Poker players can also look forward to more fun tournaments and promotions in April at Pechanga Poker. Night Owl High Hands are awarded every Monday through Thursday from 3:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. First place takes $75 and second receives $25.

Also on Mondays are the High Hand Table Share from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The Hold ‘Em high hand every hour gets $170 for the table to share. The Omaha high hand table receives $90 each hour.

The High Hand Competition gets underway every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. From 1 to 11:00 p.m., the first place finisher pockets $250, second receives $150 and third $100. The Omaha high hand winner of the day scores $100.

Players stand to win a lot of extra cash on Fridays in April. The “Thank Goodness it’s Friday” drawings will give away $4,000. Earn entries for every hour played on Wednesdays and Fridays. Drawings take place at 3, 5, 9 and 11 p.m. each Friday. One entry will be drawn and if the winner is present, he or she wins $1,000. If the player is not in the room, two tickets will be drawn for $500 each.

Pechanga Resort and Casino is nestled in the picturesque Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. It has received the AAA Four Diamond Award every year since 2002. All rooms have gorgeous views of the valley and mountain range, free Wi-Fi and technology panels. Hotel guests receive complimentary valet parking, access to the fitness center, pool and sundeck and 24 hour concierge and room service.

The world-class casino is the largest in California and features state-of-the-art slot and video machines, table games, non-smoking poker room and a modern 700 seat bingo facility. The Par 72, 18 hole golf layout is one of the state’s top 20 public courses.

Spa Pechanga offers a tranquil paradise of exquisite pampering. Pechanga has 10 restaurants and a 24-hour food court, offering a variety of international cuisines, from exceptional fine dining to quick and tasty selections. For information call (877) 711-2946 or visit

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].