In a state that is quickly becoming a new gaming mecca, Chris Moneymaker will be the host of a large tournament in the new poker room of a Pennsylvania casino.
Chris Moneymaker, the 2003 World Series of Poker Championship Event winner, will be at the Presque Isle Downs and Casino on October 15, hosting a single table poker tournament with a prize pool of $25,000. No, the Presque Isle Downs and Casino is not in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, it’s in America’s other casino business/gambling mecca, Pennsylvania.
Beginning on October 3, players can win their way into a chance to play Moneymaker by playing an $83 satellite tournament. On October 14, there will be nine single table Shootouts offered for the ninety qualifiers who make it through the satellites, the winners of those nine Shootout tables will then take on Moneymaker for the $25,000 prize pool.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board recently awarded twelve licenses for new casino properties – with one of the properties, the Valley Forge Casino Resort, set to open in 2012 – in addition to the nine properties that already exist. The gambling expansion of the state is one of the reasons it has been projected to surpass Atlantic City in the near future.
The Poker industry has certainly taken notice to emergence of the Keystone state. In August, the World Poker Tour announced a three year deal with the Philadelphia area Parx Casino to host one WPT Main Event and three Regional Tour stops.