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Satellites under way for Seniors poker tourney

Apr 29, 2003 4:42 AM

The World Series of Poker at Binion’s is in full swing, but it’s not too early to think about The Seniors World Championship of Poker coming up at The Orleans.

I probably won’t be there; I expect to be winning the $10,000 Championship Event at the WSOP! So I have asked my wife Carol to host the charity event at the Orleans.

I hope some of you will be still playing with me in the big one at the WSOP, but just in case you do get knocked out, everyone who is 21 and older is invited to come out to The Orleans for The Seniors Second Chance event and play with Carol.

To sweeten the pot, we are going to put a bounty on Carol, who is president of "The Seniors" Charities: If you get all of Carol’s chips you get $1,000 in cash.

I must warn you that she plays better than I do.

This event is sponsored and approved by "The Seniors" WCOP but anyone can play that is 21 and older. All charity rebuys and contributions received by "The Seniors" Charities are tax deductible.

First place will pay $100,000 if Carol has 200 or more players.

Last year at the inaugural event over at the Palace, we had 177 players with very little advertising.

This year The Orleans is helping "The Seniors" WCOP get the word out and they are going to cut off the number of players at 300, so sign up early.

Each Wednesday at 3 p.m. out at Sam’s Town, there will be a one-table satellite for $120 and then at 6 p.m. there will be a super satellite for $60 with $40 re-buys with a double add on until the event.

Last year, from Sam’s Town, The Seniors awarded 17 seats to contestants who played in the super satellites.

The Orleans has already begun satellites for this event in their poker room: all types will be offered ”” double shoot-outs, one-table and super satellites. Call the Orleans poker room for information at 365-7111.

The Seniors No Limit Hold’em Charity event will start at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21. It will play for about 6 to 8 hours the first day and will return at noon the following day for the finals.

The breakdown of the entry fee: 3% to the dealers, $60 to the Orleans; players prize pool will be $1,000 less $30 for the dealers.

You should not play in this event if you do not want to make the $50 charity re-buy because Carol and I do not want you to be at a disadvantage. You will get only $5,000 in chips to start with and anytime during the first two hours of play you can add on of $5,000 for the $50 charity re-buy.

Carol and I (if my foot misses the log and I get knocked out of the championship game at the WSOP) will be playing for charity only and any money that we may win will be contributed to "The Seniors" Charties in the name of the players and the Orleans.

Note that $10,000 will be the maximum that any player can buy and add on ”” but you can start with $5,000 and play until you want or need the other $5,000.

The players prize pool will pay one place for each nine players plus one: First place will receive $100,000 if we have 200 or 35% of the total players prize pool if more than 200 play, whichever is the greater amount. If less than 200 players play, first place will receive 35 % of the players prize pool.

Last year we had 177 players and the first place winner received over $65,000.