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Tourney action gets underway at The Orleans

Jul 15, 2003 3:30 AM

The long-awaited Orleans Open got underway on Saturday with a healthy turnout of players for the Limit Hold’em event at The Orleans hotel and casino.

There were 1,166 entrants who bought-in for $125 each, resulting in a $145,750 prize pool. Taking first place was long-time pro, Peter Costa of England, who walked off with $40,715 for first place.

Rounding out the top nine spots were:

2. Shin To (Downey, Calif.), $21,205

3. Jerry Mellinger (Las Vegas, Nev.), $11,310

4. Hwan Kim (Henderson, Nev.), $7,350

5. Tommy Kinder (Eaton, Ohio), $5,370

6. Eric A. Mann (Henderson, Nev.), $3,960

7. Bob Popek (Las Vegas, Nev.), $2,830

8. Richard Brown (Mesquite, Nev.), $2,260

9. Ray Ragan (Las Vegas, Nev.), $1,810

All of the tournament action, which continues through July 27, takes place in The Orleans’ upstairs conference rooms. Start time is noon, daily.

Second chance tournaments are held each evening at 7 p.m. following the regular action.

The second chance Limit Hold’em event (held Saturday night) attracted 220 players who bought in for $125 apiece.

Taking first place was Grant Smith of Las Vegas ($14,780) with second going to Bill Carter of Las Vegas ($7,675) and third to Anthonly Scalf of University Place, Washington ($4,190).

Noteworthy events yet to come at The Orleans Open include the No Limit Hold’em Championship Event (July 27); Limit Hold’em Championship (July 26); and Omaha Hi-Lo Championship (July 25).

In addition, GT’s Oklahoma Johnny Hale will host The Seniors Charity No Limit Hold’em event, which is part of the Open’s regular schedule of events.

In addition to all the tournament action upstairs, Orleans poker room manager Mike Vento hosts plenty of live games in the poker room.

The oversized Orleans poker room features 23 tables where games include $1-$5 seven-card stud; $4-$8 Texas hold’em; $6-$12 Texas hold’em; $10-$20 Texas hold’em; and $4-$8-$8 Omaha high-low with a half-kill.

Club Orleans members are eligible for additional rewards when playing in live games. Membership cards are free and are available at the Club Orleans office near the poker room.

Like its sister resorts, the nearby Gold Coast, the Barbary Coast, and the Suncoast, The Orleans features a wealth of amenities designed to pamper locals and visitors on a regular basis.

The $150 million expansion at The Orleans was officially completed when the property’s Orleans Arena opened in May. With a seating capacity ranging from 7,200 for hockey to 9,200 for boxing events, the Orleans Arena already has a number of prestigious feathers in its cap, including becoming the home ice for the Las Vegas Wranglers professional hockey team and luring the National Horse Show Indoor Championships away from New York’s Madison Square Garden.