Just two weeks remain until the 2015 edition of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) Poker Championship. Hosted by the Dakota Dunes Casino in Whitecap, Saskatchewan, the SIGA Poker Championship is an annual $550 two day event that attracts some of the top poker talent from around the prairies.
Just 20 minutes south of Saskatoon, Dakota Dunes is situated on the Whitecap First Nation overlooking the South Saskatchewan River valley. In the 2014 edition of the Poker Championship, the casino played host to 420 players looking to snatch a piece of the $250,000 prize pool. As an added bonus for players heading out to Dakota Dunes, the Bad Beat Jackpot currently sits above $189,000, the largest in Saskatchewan history.
Chris Bowers, a local player from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, was the one to take home the top prize in 2014, collecting over $50,000 for his win as well as a ticket to the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. The win earned Bowers his first entry on his Hendon Mob page, as well as a bankroll to play other events, and he used that to win Event #1 at the 2015 Winter Super Stack at Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta in February of this year.
Capped at 460 players, this year's tournament looks to be just as big. With an estimated $230,000 in prizes, the 2015 edition will again likely feature a first prize of over $50,000. Action gets under way in the Main Event on Saturday October 3 at 11 a.m. for Day 1, with survivors of Day 1 hitting the felt for Day 2 which kicks off at 11 a.m. the following day. In the lead up to Day 1, two $55 satellites are running September 22 and 29, each starting at 7:15 p.m. As well, one-table sit-and-gos will start running from 6 p.m. on Friday Oct 2 for anyone looking to play their way into the Main Event.
PokerNews Canada will be on the floor from the first hand to the last, bringing you live updates and pictures of all the championship action. Check out our live reporting section to follow along with all the action starting October 3.
SIGA was created in 1996 in reaction to the 1995 passage of Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) First Nation Gaming Act. Fully owned and operated by 74 First Nations across Saskatchewan, SIGA is a charitable corporation with 100 percent of profits returned to beneficiaries. Established as a means to promote long-term sustainable economic development opportunities for First Nations people in Saskatchewan, SIGA's mandate is to create employment opportunities for First Nations people, stimulate First Nations economic development, and maximize earnings for First Nations people. SIGA operates six casinos around Saskatchewan, including Dakota Dunes.
For more information on the 2015 SIGA Poker Championship and to purchase your entry, visit the SIGA ticket page here.