Poker’s “dead” period — the slow month of August following the WSOP — is about to come to an end in the US, thanks to a flurry of major and mid-stakes tournaments starting next month at poker rooms running down the Eastern Seaboard.
This virtual tour of the Atlantic coast begins in New Jersey, at Atlantic City’s famous Borgata (now with sports betting), then heads to the Washington DC/Baltimore for more World Poker Tour events at Maryland Live, and eventually on down to South Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood. Below are some of the events that should draw grinders and rounders from all over to get back in poker action.
WPT Runs from AC to DC
The fun begins Sept. 3 in New Jersey with the Borgata Poker Open, an annual series highlighted by a $3,500 buy-in WPT event starting on Sept. 17, the third World Poker Tour stop on its 2018-2019 schedule.
Other Notable Borgata Poker Open Events
Sep 4: $600 Deep Stack Kickoff ($1.5 million guaranteed)
Sep 7: $500 Deep Stack Black Chip Bounty ($200,000 guaranteed)
Sep 9: $300 Ladies Only
Sep 12: $450 Almighty Stack ($1 million guaranteed)
Sep 18: $1,260 Double Black Chip Bounty Semi-Turbo
Immediately after the Borgata Poker Open concludes, the WPT heads to nearby Hanover, Maryland, a town near Baltimore, to the Maryland Live Casino, which is home to one of the most popular poker rooms in the northeast.
Daily tournaments begin Sept. 14 with a $360 buy-in event and the series concludes with a $400 bounty tournament on September 25. The $3,500 WPT Main Event starts four days earlier and has a $1.5 million guarantee.
Other Notable Maryland Live Events
Sep 18: $450 Live Size Multi-Flight ($100,000 guaranteed)
Sep 20: $1,100 Deep Stack ($100,000 guaranteed)
Sep 24: $575 NLH w/Action Clock
Ready to Rock ‘n’ Roll in South Florida
Temperatures start to get chilly in November throughout most of the US, but not in South Florida where the Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Ditch the bitter cold weather and head down to Hollywood, Florida to compete in the 19 tournaments from November 14-28, including the casino’s second WPT event of the year which starts on the 23rd ($3,500 buy-in).
Other Notable Seminole Hard Rock Events
Nov 14: $360 No-Limit Hold’em ($1 million guaranteed)
Nov 19: $570 Deep Stack ($250,000 guaranteed)
Nov 25: $1,100 w/$500 Bounty ($100,000 guaranteed)
Nov 26: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed ($250,000 guaranteed)
Nov 26: $2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha Deep Stack
Nov 27: $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo ($100,000 guaranteed)
Other major events in the fall include: MSPT Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN) September 5-16, Foxwoods World Poker Finals (Mashantucket, CT) Oct 5-22, WSOP Circuit Chicago (Hammond, IN) October 11-22, Heartland Poker Tour (Daytona Beach, FL) October 18-29, Run it Up Reno (Reno, NV) October 19-29, and WPT Bestbet Bounty Scramble (Jacksonville, FL) October 19-23.