Four Queens Poker Classic finds spotlight

September 17, 2002 10:36 AM
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The Four Queens may not have a poker room, but that doesn’t prevent the downtown Las Vegas property from producing a major poker tournament ”” the Four Queens Poker Classic. Tournament play opens Wednesday and continues through Sunday, Oct. 6. Top players from around the world are expected to participate according to tourney producer Bonnie Damiano. In fact, she says that player seating again is limited to 350 per event, so players will be registering as early as possible for limited seating. The tournament schedule calls for more than 20 events, including the two-day no limit Texas Hold’em championship event on Oct. 5-6. In addition, Damiano likes to spruce up any tournament schedule with some special events, and this one is no different: Sept. 29: a ladies-only event that features half Hold’em and half 7-Card Stud action; Oct. 2: a Seniors/Juniors charity tag team event that pairs a 50 and older player with another player under 50 years of age to alternate every 30 minutes while playing Hold’em and Omaha ”” with all of the $25 re-buys fully pledged to Opportunity Village in Las Vegas; Oct. 4: Damiano will host a special “Breakfast of Champions” for all event winners at Hugo’s Restaurant at 10 a.m.; Oct. 6: A poker cruise will be awarded to the winner of a special Bubble Tournament to be held at 10 a.m. for players from each event that just missed finishing in the money by one place. Satellite games will start 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Evening sessions are also part of the program with Sunset Tournaments every evening at 7 p.m., with no limit Hold’em played on even dates, and limit Hold’em played on odd dates. Not having a poker room will not stop the side action either, according to Damiano. She says that 15 poker tables will be set up for live action play as well.