The very busy fall major poker tournament circuit is in full swing currently with the Four Queens Poker Classic, the Sweet September tournament at Hustler Casino underway, and the California Ladies State Championship just completed.
FOUR QUEENS POKER CLASSIC ”” Tournament play opened last Wednesday and continues through Sunday, Oct. 6. Results thus far includes:
Event # 1 ”” Limit Hold’em: Robert Tyburski, a table games supervisor at the Aladdin, fought back from a severe chip deficit to overcome a field of 319 entrants to win. Martin Oules of Las Vegas finished second, and Chuck Sturm of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was third.
Event #2 ”” No Limit Hold’em: Thanh Danny Dinh, a retiree from Las Vegas, went to the final table with $113,900 of the $340,400 in play and never looked back as he ran away with the title. Stan Schrier of Las Vegas was second, and Laurene Holland of Los Angeles finished third.
Event #3 ”” Omaha Hi-Lo: Asher Derei, a professional player from Eilat, Israel, vindicated his 2001 runner-up finish by beating out second place finisher Joseph Kim of Flowermound, Texas, and a player known only as the "Grey Ghost" who was third.
Event #4 ”” Limit Hold’em: After whittling the field down to heads-up play, an agreed-upon final hand of showdown gave the title to Richard Santos, a billing manager for a nursing company in Fremont, California, with second place to Don Bakker, a pro from Hot Springs, Arkansas. 2002 Hall of Fame champion Peter "The Poet" Costa of Leicester, England, finished third.
Event #5 ”” Pot Limit Hold’em: After making final tables in a number of previous tournaments, North Las Vegas pro Knox Pressly finally grabbed his first tournament win, while retired attorney Randy Holland of Orange, California, was runner-up, and Paul Pirrone of Vista, California, finished third.
HUSTLER CASINO’S SWEET SEPTEMBER ”” The first event was held Sept. 16 and continues through Oct. 2:
Event #1 ”” Limit Hold’em: 1-Thomas Fillhart; 2-Joseph; 3-Sirus.
Event #2 ”” Pot Limit Hold’em: 1-Arash Ghaneian; 2-James Miller; 3-Bashar Satoot.
Event #3 ”” Limit Hold’em: 1-Rodolfo Cruz; 2-Paul Javier; 3-Ernesto Sebastian.
Event #4 ”” No Limit Hold’em: 1-Rahmat Alimi; 2-Barbara Enright; 3-David Burks.
Event #5 ”” No Limit Hold’em: 1-Ngoc Huynh; 2-Ernesto Sebastian; 3-Paul Lui.
Event #6 ”” Omaha Hi-Lo: 1-Harold Kaufler; 2-Ernesto Sebastian; 3-Mario Ng.
Event #7 ”” Limit Hold’em: 1-Aaron Long; 2-Robert Blechman; 3-Chiazing Liu.
CALIFORNIA LADIES STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AT OCEANS ELEVEN CASINO ”” Tournament play began Sept. 19 and ended on Sept. 23:
Event #1 ”” Limit Hold’em: 1-Shan Shan Gu, West Covina, California; 2-Susanne Carter, Oceanside, California; 3-Nancy White, New Mexico.
Upcoming major tournaments
Sept. 26-Oct. 6: The Reno Hilton hosts the Fall Pot Of Gold Tournament with both afternoon and twilight sessions for Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Stud High and Hi/Lo, Crazy Pineapple and 7 Card Razz. The final event is a $330 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament on Oct. 6.
Oct. 3-15: Big Poker Oktober will be the focus of players at the Bicycle Casino, with a $20,000 best all around points championship, a $50,000 guarantee No Limit Hold’em event, and capped off with the $100,000 guaranteed No Limit Hold’em Championship Event.
Oct. 5-18: The Canterbury Card Club, Shakopee, MN, will run the 2nd Annual Fall Poker Classic with Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Stud High and Hi/Lo, and Ladies Hold’em events. There’s $5,000 in prize money for the best all around players, but the main event is a $100,000 guarantee Limit Hold’em championship event during the last two days.
Oct. 8-15: The Caribbean Poker Classic began its UltimateBet online play segments in June, but tournament play in Aruba starts on Oct. 8th at the Holiday Inn Aruba’s Excelsior Casino. The finale is a $2,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Championship event sponsored by UltimateBet.
Oct. 12-19: The Thunder by the Bay tournament opens with a $40,000 guarantee Limit Hold’em event at the Casino San Pablo with events every day through the 19th.
Oct. 13-19: The Costa Rica Classic poker tournament will be conducted in San Jose, Costa Rica, by Casinos Europa with all No Limit Hold’em events, including the $350,000 guarantee Oct. 18-19 World Poker Tour event. All other events guarantee $40,000 or $60,000 prize pools.
Oct. 18-27: The Sixth Annual National Championship of Poker tournament will again be held at Hollywood Park Casino, featuring $325,000 in guarantee prize pools. The tournament winds up with $100,000, $40,000 and $50,000 event guarantees over the last three days. Play in any three events, and receive a free casino logo jacket, too.
Oct. 27-Nov 17: The Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Mashantucket, CT, rolls out the red carpet for the World Poker Finals 2002, featuring events for Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Â½-Stud and Â½-Limit Hold’em 7 Stud High and Hi/Lo, H.O.S.E. (Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Stud High, & 7 Stud Hi/Lo), a Seniors Limit Hold’em event, and closing with the three-day $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em championship, a World Poker Tour event.
Nov. 2-11: The Lucky Chances Casino in Colma, CA, will conduct the Gold Rush Tournament, with Limit and No Limit Hold’em, Partners Bounty Hold’em, Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Stud, No Limit Hold’em Shootout, TOC Format, and winding up with the $3,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Championship, which is also a World Poker Tour event.
Nov. 30-Dec. 12: It’s back to Vegas for a great year-end event when the Bellagio 5 Star Poker Classic takes place at the Bellagio. Satellites begin Nov. 30, with tournament play starting Dec. 2 and ending with a $3,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Championship on the last two days.