Poker legend Chris Moneymaker will be at Presque Isle Downs and Casino Oct. 15th
to host a $25,000 poker tournament at the casino's new state-of-the-art poker
room. "This event marks another significant gaming milestone for Erie, PA and
for Presque Isle Downs and Casino," said Fred Buro, the casino's President and
General Manager. "As it's been since we've opened, every effort was made to fill
the 50 additional jobs needed to run the room with residents of Erie," said Buro.
Nine lucky people will win a seat at the final table with Moneymaker for a
chance to win their share of the $25,000 prize.
There will be a VIP party and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. to begin the
festivities. The new poker room is located upstairs in the former mutuel area
adjacent to the Downs Clubhouse and Lounge. The general public is welcome to
attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
To win a seat at the final table people will have to win a Shootout scheduled
for Oct. 14th. There will be a total of nine shootouts offered on Friday, Oct.
14th with 90 people eligible to participate. People can win a seat to the
Shootout by winning a Satellite Tournament scheduled to begin Oct. 3. The
satellite tournaments will run daily at 7 p.m. through the 14th with a buy-in of
$83. The winners of the Satellite Tournament will then be seated at a table of
nine in the Shootout. People may also pay a $340 buy-in to the Shootout if they
choose. Every person seated at the final table with Chris Moneymaker will be
paid. The smoke free glass-enclosed poker room will feature nine tables and
offer food and beverage service.
"The time has come to bring Erie poker players an exciting environment where the
action never ends," said Christine Stacy, Poker Room Manager. "Complete with a
bad beat jackpot, excellent food service, games for every level player and
special events throughout the year."
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