Spring Begins with Station Poker Classic at Casino Regina
While the concept of spring can be somewhat academic in March in Regina, the beginning of spring has a special meaning for Saskatchewan poker fans: the long-running Station Poker Classic at Casino Regina. The 2018 edition of the tournament series kicks off with a satellite on March 20, and runs through the big final tournament on March 24.
Located in the heart of downtown Regina, Casino Regina occupies the historic Regina train station building. For the duration of the series, the poker room takes over the Show Lounge, a huge event space that allows the casino to run poker across three levels on 30+ tables at one time.
Players have a chance to win entry into the series with a satellite event on Tuesday, March 20. The $225 tournament will have a combination of cash or event tickets in the prize pool, and as is the standard for Station Poker Classic events, will feature four levels of late registration, with the caveat that only 210 players will be seated at any given time.
The series proper gets underway on March 21 with the $500 No Limit Hold’em Freeze Out. It features 10,000 chips for a start stack, and 30-minute blind levels. The following day features a $700 version of the same event. Friday always features the much-loved bounty event, where $100 of the $900 entry fee is converted to a $100 casino chip as a bounty for the player who knocks you out.
The series comes to an end on Saturday, March 24, with the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Freeze Out Main Event. Players get 15,000 chips for the entry fee with each level set at 30 minutes.
As the kickoff to the spring poker season in western Canada, the Station Poker Classic is always jam-packed with entries. Last year's Main Event saw a prize pool of $212,000, and the tournament floor nearly always fills all 210 available seats by the noon start time. With the entries capped at 210 for all four events, players may end up on a wait list during late registration. As seats open up in the tournament room, late entries will be seated in the order they are taken. Players who bust within the first four levels may reenter, but will be put in line behind any players already on the wait list.
The weather may well not cooperate with the official beginning of spring in Regina, but the Station Poker Classic guarantees some heat on the poker tables at least. Head over to Casino Regina, and kick off spring with a poker bang.