As we head into fall, special offerings at the area's two major casinos, Maryland Live! and the Horseshoe Baltimore, involve delights close to many gamers' hearts: poker and football.
Starting with poker, Maryland Live! will be the setting for big-time poker action when the World Poker Tour rolls into the casino in Hanover, Md., adjacent to the Arundel Mills Mall, in a few weeks. The WPT is familiar to most poker players because of its frequently televised main events.
The WPT main event at Maryland Live! will run Oct. 1-5. But leading up to the headliner tournament, the casino's poker room will be offering a series of events featuring various styles of poker at a variety of price points.
The poker festival starts Sept. 24 with a $350 buy-in, no-limit hold ‘em re-entry tournament with a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. In all, there will be 11 tournaments, including the WPT main event that has a $3,500 buy-in and a $1.5 million guaranteed prize pool.
As few of the other tournaments will be:
• Sept. 26, Event No. 2, pot-limit Omaha, $575 buy-in, re-entry.
• Sept. 27, Event No. 4, Black Chip Bounty, $350 buy-in, plus the $100 bounty (collect a bounty whenever you eliminate an opponent from the tournament).
• Sept. 28, Event No. 6, Turbo (levels change every 15 minutes), $560 buy-in, re-entry.
• Sept. 30, Event No. 8, Festival Championship (winners of Events No. 1-7 compete for a main event seat.)
• Oct. 3, Event No. 10, High Roller, $7,500 buy-in, re-entry.
For the WPT main event, there will be two starting days (Oct. 1-2). There are re-entry options available. The rest of the event will play out during the following three days with the final table Oct. 5. Players start with 30,000 in tournament chips with 60-minute levels in the early going. Levels increase to 90 minutes in later stages, and then get shorter again for the final table and heads-up.
As is the norm for popular, large buy-in events, there are a number of satellites available for players who want to try to earn their seat in the main event at a smaller price. Satellites for $400 are being held throughout September. A $3,500 main event seat will be awarded for every $3,500 in the prize pool. Consult the Maryland Live! poker calendar on the casino website for specific dates for when the satellites are being held.
During the week of the tournament schedule, $400 buy-in main event satellites are being held Sept. 23 and Sept. 25 through Oct. 1. Visit marylandlivecasino.com for more rules and details.
In addition to the top-flight poker this fall, Maryland Live! Casino has special events planned for Monday Night Football" Sept. 19 and Sept. 26. In the Rams Head Center Stage, guests can watch the action along with sports talk host Rob Long (105.7 The Fan).
The menu features all-you-can-eat stadium food for $20 (Chairman's Club and Black Card members of the casino's loyalty program eat for free). Pick the winner of the game and receive $20 in free slot play. And everyone who attends the MNF event gets a free drawing ticket with seven mystery prizes awarded at the end of the game.
Rams Head Center Stage will also be alive with football action on Sundays in September with stadium fare and contests for prizes including promotional chips and free slot play.
Horseshoe Football Events
Naturally, the Horseshoe Baltimore, just a short stroll from M&T Bank Stadium, has its own plans to celebrate the football season.
When the Ravens have home games, the Horseshoe's outdoor entertainment plaza between the casino and parking garage will be the scene for a tailgate party with an outdoor bar, live pregame radio shows, games like beer pong and prize giveaways. Inside the casino, Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen + Bar will have a pre-game buffet (burgers, wings) for $17.99, and there'll be a $2 Corona special all day.
On seven Monday nights, former Ravens offensive lineman and NFL Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden will host "Monday Night Football" gatherings in the casino's 14Forty bar. Ogden will be on hand a half-hour before the game and at halftime taking questions, critiquing the game and giving away prizes. Ogden's appearances are scheduled for Sept. 12, Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Nov. 7, Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19.
On Thursdays in September, members of the casino's Total Rewards loyalty player program will be able to pick the winners of the upcoming Sunday and Monday pro football games (plus a tiebreaker score for the Monday game). The top 10 entries will win a share of $4,000 in free slot play. And on Sundays in October, Horseshoe customers have even more incentive to get excited about the home team. Casino players get double their comps; each time the Ravens score, the comps increase, and if Baltimore wins the game, customers get 10-times their comps. See
Issue 225: September 2016