One man in Corona, California is counting down the months and weeks until his day arrives when he gets to play for the giant stakes in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
John DeBuono came into the Pechanga Poker Room for the month-end "Big Showdown" Tournament and out of 141 entries, found himself the victorious card player.
His Big Showdown win scored him not only a $10,000 entry into the 2005 WSOP, but also an additional $4,575 for playing in the tournament.
The Pechanga Poker Room made even more players winners during its "Last Chance" tournaments at the end of January. Brad Adams from Riverside, beat out nearly 200 other people in the "Last Chance" $10,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold ”˜Em Tournament.
Adams took home $5,156 in prize pool money. Not bad for a day’s work. Chris Clark from LaVerne, put on his best "don’t mess with me" pose in his winner’s photo after the "Last Chance" $6,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold ”˜Em Tournament. Clark rose to the top of 138 players hoping to come away in the top spot. He won $1,330 in prize pool money.
Located near Riverside, Pechanga features a state-of-the-art, 54-table poker room, At the end of each month, the Last Chance Tournaments deal players in for a shot at $31,000, including a chance to win a highly coveted $10,000 seat in the World Series of Poker.
For more details on times and buy-ins, log onto the Poker Room page of the Pechanga web site.