Station hosts Senior World poker tourney

August 06, 2002 8:41 AM
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Palace Station will host the 10th Senior World Championship of Poker (SWCOP) at noon, Saturday, inside the Grand Ballrooms. The No Limit Hold’em event begins at 2 p.m. Poker champion and tournament founder Oklahoma Johnny Hale will host the event.

The first-place prize in Saturday’s No Limit Hold’em event is $50,000; the buy-in is $550. To be eligible to participate, players must be 50 or older. Players can sign up for the tournament inside the Palace Station poker room. For more information, contact the poker room, (702) 367-2453.

The weeklong schedule consists of six other tournaments, which include Limit and No Limit Hold’em and Omaha 8 Hi/Lo. The buy-in for these events is $125 and $230. It is expected that over 300 players will participate in this year’s event.

The Senior PGA tour inspired Hale to develop the Senior World Championship of Poker. With help of Southern California card room owner, Len Miller, and plenty of old-fashioned grass roots marketing, the SWCOP has grown to become a popular tournament. Hale is considered the best all-around player in the annual World Series of Poker. In addition to being a top-notch player, Hale is also a gin rummy champion, the founder and chief executive officer of Star Builders, Inc. in Tulsa, Okla., and a director on the boards of Admiral State Bank and Century Bank, both in Tulsa.