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    Monday, September 26th, 2011 by Ryan

What goes perfect with a brand new casino opening in a state that is looking to get a larger boom from the game of poker and casino play in general? A former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion is a great start. Chris Moneymaker has decided to host a single table poker tournament at the new Presque Isle Downs and Casino on October 15th, and the prize pool will be an impressive $25,000. The casino is very new, and the poker room will be brand new, which will help draw even more attention to this very large poker tournament. They are doing more than just a poker tournament for the opening of the poker room, as they also have multiple festivities planned as well.

To kick things off there will be a VIP party that will occur just prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony at 6pm Eastern Time. The poker tournament will then take place, and there will also be multiple other games going on as well throughout the nine table poker room. This poker room will give the same feel of playing in any other big time casino or casino town, as there will be multiple games and events throughout the year, as well as different bad beat jackpots also.

The poker action will kick off as early as October 3rd though, as players will get the chance to play in $83 satellite tournaments to get the chance to play against Moneymaker. Then on the 14th of October they will hold a nine table shootout event for the ninety qualifiers from the satellites. After those tables have been knocked down to one player at each; those nine players will then take on Moneymaker and take part in the $25,000 prize pool event. What’s very nice about this event is that each player who wins their way to that final table will get something for their effort. Even if you are eliminated in 10th place, you’ll still get to take home a solid $1000 prize. For whoever is able to make it to heads up play, they are then guaranteed at least $5,000 (to second place), and the winner will take home a nice $10,000 grand prize.

Pennsylvania has been on the rise in terms of poker lately, as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board recently gave twelve licenses for new casino properties on top of the nine that are already out there today. It is more than just the casinos that will get action though, as big time events like the World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker Circuit have also began having events held in the casinos’ poker rooms. The WPT announced a three year deal with the Parx Casino in Philadelphia, and they will now host one Main Event and three Regional Events. The WSOP Circuit will head to Harrah’s Chester for ten events, and a $1500 Main Event as well.

It seems that while some people feel that online poker has been on the downfall, the live poker sites throughout the United States have been on the upswing, and this could continue for years to come.

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