We'll absorb Northwest chill for red-hot poker

Apr 22, 2008 7:00 PM

Back in the Saddle by Johnny Hale | PENDLETON, Oregon – Carol, it sure is wonderful to be up here again at the Wildhorse Casino.

It is still a little cold up here in the Northwest and I am glad you packed some of our winter traveling gear. It was good that you remembered that we have been up here at the Wildhorse a few times before and that in the mornings you still need a jacket.

Roland Waters is the boss wrangler of the Round Ups and has arranged another wonderful schedule of poker tournaments for this year’s Spring event. There will be hundreds of cowpokes and many pretty cowgirls all competing for the money in these events, which began last Friday and continued through this past week.

On Thursday, Carol and I will be hosting "The Seniors" World Championship of Poker Players Hall of Fame Tournament. Last year we had a full house of almost 300 senior Waddies, who came out for "The Seniors" WCOP/HOF.

This year we will be inducting Susie Isaacs into her seat of honor in "The seniors" WCOP/Hall of Fame. Susie is the back-to-back winner of the ladies tournament at the WSOP.

The Spring and Fall Round Up Poker Tournaments at the Wildhorse are unusual in several ways and attract hundreds of poker players from all over the world. The Wildhorse is kind of out of the way, but easy to find. It is located on Interstate 84 at Exit 216 about five miles or so east of Pendleton.

Here are some of the features:

• The house never charges any juice for the satellites.

• The entry fees are always just $15.

• The house will be adding over $75,000 to the prize money.

• There will be a Golf Tournament

• There is a free organized tour of the Chinese Underground of Pendleton and the world famous Pendleton Woolen Mills.

The feature events include:

• A ladies only tournament.

• A "The Seniors" WCOP/HOF no limit hold’em tournament.

The house will be adding $20,000 to the two-day event of the $1,000+ only $15 no limit contest. This is the best tournament value that I have ever seen. The house will be giving away more than it takes in for this event!

The food is just my type, but they have a new restaurant for fine dining!

I enjoy taking Carol and my niece, Barbara (also from Oklahoma) to the fine dining and pretend that I like it very much. The truth is I am a country boy and like a little beans, potatoes, cornbread, a piece of fat meat and a glass of buttermilk.

Yes, I may gain another couple of pounds.

OK-J Tip of the Week

When you are riding a horse, never ever mount one on his right side. And, when playing poker, never forget that it is OK to quit a winner.

The next time you look down, it might be that there are a lot more chips there than you bought in for! It’s fine to quit and buy a present for your loved one. Go on home, take a little rest and count the money there.

Try it. You will definitely like it. I am giving you my "Oklahoma Guarantee!"