The Annual Arizona State Poker Championship is Back!

Posted On 05 Aug 2013
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Do you love to win big money? Well one lucky poker player could walk away with over $200,000 this year at the 9th Annual Arizona State Poker Championships. This tournament is making its exciting return to The ARENA Poker Room at Talking Stick Resortin Scottsdale August 9-13, and will once again pit players of all skill levels against each other for a share of the projected $1 million prize pool.

“Each year our number of entries, audience turnout and prize pool grow because we strive to make the event a fun experience for both competitors and spectators,”said Kent Odekirk, director of poker at Talking Stick Resort. “The atmosphere is great. Supporters cheer on their favorite players, and while the stakes are high and everyone’s trying to win, they’re still looking to have a good time.”


This year marks the fourth time in the No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Championship’s nine-year history that the prize pool is expected to hit $1 million, which ensures the TOP 100 PLAYERS walk away with no less than $2,250! If the minimum, 1,000 entries, is met, the first place winner will take home a grand total of $208,300, a championship bracelet and trophy. Second and third place winners will take home $127,500 and $85,000 respectively, as well as trophies to commemorate their win.


Mind blowing finish in the 2012 tournament!

Last year’s Championship welcomed a record-breaking 1,233 players. The large number of entries raised the prize pool well above the estimated $1 million to a total of $1,233,000, which, in turn, increased the first place winnings to a total of $233,696 that went to an excited“BG” Gant II from Casa Grande. “BG” came back from being down about $30,000,000 in tournament chips to just a shade over $1,000,000 – when only two players were left standing. WHAT A FINISH! It was like watching a mile horse race, with the top three horses dominating all the way – only to have a long shot (“BG”) who trailed the entire field of ten the last two hours, come from dead last at the top of the stretch (the last hour) to win the tournament!


Two ways to enter this tournament

Sign-ups for the Arizona State Poker Championship began June 1. To enter, players can pay a $1,000 buy-in with an additional $80 entry fee. The buy-in provides each player with $15,000 worth of chips. An optional $30 Staff Appreciation add-on will give players an extra $10,000 in tournament chips.

Players also can “win a seat” into this prestigious tournament by participating in The ARENA Poker Room’ssatellite tournaments going on daily until Sunday, August 11 at 6am.


Don’t miss the “Warm-Up” Tournaments

There is even more excitement during the week before the Main Event. On Monday August 5 thru Thursday August 8, The Arena Poker Room is holding “Warm-Up Events” at 11:15am each morning.

These NLHE tournaments vary in buy-in amounts – Aug 5th $120 buy-in, Aug 6th the buy-in is $225 Aug 7th is a $330 buy-in and there is a $550 buy-in on Aug 8th – Prize pools vary, call for details.


Over the course of the Championship, a designated number of participants will play on days 1, 2 and 3. Players eliminated on the first day will be allowed to re-enter on day 2 or 3 for the full buy-in amount of $1,080. Players eliminated on the second day will be allowed to re-enter on day 3 with a $1,080 buy-in. Those days of play will determine the semi-finalists, who will move on to compete on Day 4 – Monday, August 12th until just ten players remain. The exciting finals occur on Day 5 of this event on Tuesday, August 13th where the “Final Table of 10” will battle it out until a 2013 champion is crowned.


For more information on the Arizona State Poker Championship and other tournaments, visit the ARENA Poker Room, go to their website at www.TalkingStickResort.comor call (480) 850-7734.


Talking Stick Resort (TSR) is an AAA Four Diamond Rated Resort and a central landmark within the emerging Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination (TSCED). Located in Scottsdale, just east of the Loop 101 on Indian Bend Road, TSR is locally owned and caringly operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The property offers culturally rich experiences and luxury accommodations throughout its 496 deluxe rooms, 240,000 sq. ft. casino, 11 restaurants and lounges, world-class spa, 650-seat showroom, 25,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom, thriving cultural center and more than 100,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space.

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