Wednesday, February 25, 2015

World Series of Poker Kicks off at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

World Series of Poker to bring 'small community' of serious players to Horseshoe Casino

Feb 23, 2015, 2:52pm EST
Jaclyn Borowski
The Horseshoe's poker room has 25 tables, and the casino added 45 poker tables in its special event room to accommodate the tournament.
Reporter-Baltimore Business Journal
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Cards in the air — the World Series of Poker stops in Baltimore this week.
Six months after the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore opened its doors, the South Baltimore gaming venue will host the state's first World Series of Poker event. The World Series of Poker Circuit Event kicks off Feb. 26— six months to the day after the Horseshoe's grand opening — and wraps up March 9.
With buy-ins ranging from $365 to $1,675, the circuit events are designed to give recreational and amateur players the chance to participate in the World Series of Poker at a more affordable price. Baltimore is one of 22 stops on the tour, which began in July. Winners from each of the stops' main events — starting March 6 and 7 in Baltimore — gain automatic entry to the WSOP National Championship in Las Vegas in May.
The event comes to the Horseshoe as the venue is augmenting its table game offerings. Demand for table games in Maryland has exceeded expectations, and both the Horseshoe and Maryland Live! Casino recently received permission to replace hundreds of slot machines with table games to keep up with the demand.
The Horseshoe has already added six tables so far, Assistant General manager Alex Dixonsaid. He expects the new tables to be a mix of black jack, craps and poker derivatives.
"It's going to be a mixture, and it's really going to be based upon customer demand," Dixon said.
The WSOP tournament is expected to attract about 2,500 participants from across the country. Anthony Chester, the poker room's manager, declined to project how much additional revenue the series would generate.
The Horseshoe's poker room has 25 tables, and the casino added 45 poker tables in its special event room to accommodate the tournament.
"People will come here who have never been to Baltimore because we're having this event," Dixon said. "There's a small community who just travels around the circuit."
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