The Bicycle Casino Stars and Stripes Pragmatic Play Tournament takes place annually at the popular Bicycle Casino card club in Southern California.  The Stars and Stripes poker tournaments begin about the third week of June and go through the first week of July.

The poker tournaments generally have guaranteed prize pools of between $10,000 and $50,000.  Buy-ins are $100 (plus a $20 entry fee).  A variety of poker games are offered including Texas Hold’em, 7 Card Stud poker, and Omaha poker tournaments.

The Stars and Stripes Poker Tournament is one of over twenty annual poker tournaments hosted by the Bicycle Casino.  The Bicycle Casino is a member of the World Poker Tour and the Stars and Stripes tournament is followed by one of the Bicycle Casino’s major poker tournaments of the year, the Legends of Poker.

Erick Lindgren is the World Poker Tour Player of the Year

The World Poker Tour has named Erick Lindgren the WPT Player of the Year.  The 27 year old Lindgren, a Las Vegas resident, won two WPT poker tournaments – the Party Poker Million and the Ultimate Poker Classic – and made it to the final table at the Grand Prix de Paris for total prize winnings of $1,560,568.

Lindgren made it to the Party Poker Million championship tournament in March after winning a $162 satellite tournament on Party Poker.  He won the tournament championship and took home a million dollars.  Lindgren will be easy to spot at the World Poker Tour tournaments this season.  He will be the one wearing the WPT Player of the Year jacket, a perk of the position.Matt Matros Finishes Third in World Poker Tour after Entering Party Poker Satellite Tournament

Matt Matros, a 26 year old graduate student in fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, finished third in the World Poker Tour Championship, winning $706,903, after entering a $100 poker satellite on Party Poker.  He played consistent smart poker against a table of top players, only outlasted by poker pros Martin Deknijff of Sweden and Hassan Habib of California… Matt Matros World Poker Tour

A New Vegas Horseshoe Casino?

Harrah’s Entertainment Inc.’s top executive today said prospects for opening a fourth hotel-casino in Las Vegas using the “Horseshoe” brand look good and that the company is “taking a look at growth prospects for Las Vegas.”

World Poker Tour

The second season of the World Poker Tour culminates Friday, April 23 at Bellagio in Las Vegas when one winner will walk away with $2,728,356, the largest-ever prize paid to the first place finisher in a televised poker tournament or North American sporting event.  The World Poker Tour Championship attracted 343 players to Bellagio for a record-smashing $8.6 million prize pool, the highest ever in tournament poker, with the player finishing 50th earning $33,266.  The buy-in for the tournament was $25,300, the largest in the sport.  Last year’s WPT Championship at Bellagio drew 111 players with victor Alan Goehring taking home a $1,011,886 slice of the more than $2.6 million purse.

Organizer of Televised Poker Tournaments Files for IPO

WPT Enterprises Inc., the organizer of televised poker tournaments, officially filed for an IPO on Thursday.  WPT is a subsidiary of Lakes Entertainment Inc. in Minnetonka which currently owns about 80 percent of WPT.  In its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, WPT said it hopes to raise about $32.2 million by offering 4 million shares at $5 to $7.  The money will be used to expand WPT’s activities.