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Delaware Park Event

March 14, 2012 -

The Poker Classic currently being held at Delaware Park will feature Greg Raymer, the 2004 World Series of Poker Event champion from 2004, hosting an tournament and giving an instructional seminar.

The Delaware Poker Classic began March 14 and runs through April 2.

The Delaware Poker Classic promises a buffet of poker events—there are 27 that are part of the Classic and there’s more than 30 other events that are either satellites or non-Classic low buy-in events.

But the centerpiece of the Delaware Classic series is a tournament featuring Raymer with two starting days, March 28-29.  The former Main Event champion who became known as “Fossilman” will also conduct an eight-hour instructional seminar.  Raymer’s seminar is 10 a.m.-6 p.m., March 27, and costs $300.

“The excitement about Greg Raymer being here has been great,” Delaware Park poker room manager Kevin Castora said.  “We don’t get the high-end players a lot so when you have someone the caliber of Raymer coming in, it creates a lot buzz and a lot of energy.”

Along with the celebrity cache of Raymer, the Delaware Poker Classic offers the recreational player an opportunity to compete in a major poker series at affordable prices.  The majority of the Classic events are $100 and $150 buy-ins, with some $230, $340 and $550 tournaments sprinkled in.  Even the Raymer Invitational is a moderately priced $150 buy-in.  The big-ticket tournament is the Classic main event on March 31 for $1,070.

And there’s a wide variety of games on the calendar, such as Omaha8 hi-lo, pot-limit Omaha, seven-card stud, heads-up hold’em, and even a H.O.R.S.E. event for the most versatile of players.  A woman’s tournament, a $100 buy-in, is set for April 1.

Here’s the Delaware Park Classic full schedule.

Most of the Classic events are scheduled for just one day—also a convenience for the non-pro player—with just three exceptions, the Raymer Invitational, the main event and a $550 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament.

Poker room manager Castora and his staff seem to have put together a value menu of tournaments with some added cash in a couple, a few double-stack events and perhaps the most interesting, a so-called Bracket Challenge on March 21.

The Bracket Challenge is a $150 buy-in that’s a six-player shoot-out. In this case, that means two players from each table of six advance to the next table.

But there’s more …

All players who are eliminated in Rounds 1, 2 and 3 of the Bracket Challenge will have a chance to re-enter the tournament through a wildcard drawing.  And beyond that, once the final table is set, there will be another drawing for another 10 wildcards who will play at their own table for a shot at a trip to Las Vegas to play in the $5,000 event of Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza this summer.

Here’s how the Bracket Challenge is organized.

For more information, the Delaware Park poker room can be reached at 302-355-1050.

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