Isle poker series approaching

The tournament is called the Florida State Poker Championships, but, sorry, there’s really no official state champion. It’s just a name.

The sixth annual event is set for next month at the Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano Beach. Former poker director Mike Smith says he came up with the title to give the series a “big-event” feel, back when state regulations limited tournament entry fees to $800. (Things have changed quite a bit since then.)

The series of 18 tournaments will begin July 11, and will offer Omaha, H.O.R.S.E., bounty and senior tournaments, as well as Texas hold ‘em at several price ranges.

The main event will have Day 1s on July 25, 26 and 27 and cost $2,500 to play. It will carry a $500,000 guarantee.


Pictures: Zombie Walk in downtown Fort Lauderdale

 Stan Strickland, who came to the Isle from Borgata in Atlantic City, is the new poker director.

The details:

Event 1, $350 + $50 Deepstack re-entry $200K guarantee

• Day 1A 11 am July 11
• Day 1B 11 am July 12
• Day 1C 11 am July 13
• Day 2 noon July 14
• Day 3 noon July 15 (if needed)

Event 2, $260 + $40 + $100 Deepstack black-chip bounty re-entry $50K guarantee
• July 14, 11 am

Event 3, $170 + $30 Deepstack re-entry $30K guarantee
• July 15, 11 am

Event 4, $200 + $30 Omaha/8, $10K guarantee
• Day 1, July 15, 3 pm
• Day 2, July 16, noon

Event 5, $100 + $30 + $100 Deepstack black-chip bounty re-entry $25K guarantee