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Biloxi Gears Up for 2009 Southern Poker Championship

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The start of the new year brings with it one of the most popular tournaments within the borders of the United States -- the Southern Poker Championship series that runs from January 2nd through the 17th. A range of games and buy-ins are available at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi that culminate in the $10,000 World Poker Tour main event.

Many poker players from around the country have already settled into Biloxi for the series, as satellites began on January 2nd and the first $340 No-Limit Hold’em tournament officially kicked off the Southern Poker Championship on Saturday, January 3rd. Not only is Biloxi accessible without requiring overseas travel or a passport, but the reasonably-priced buy-ins to the events make them appealing to most tournament players’ bankrolls. In a tough economy, the Beau Rivage offers an attractive series of tournaments in an affordable setting.

The 15 poker tournaments that comprise the Southern Poker Championship are expected to see sizable fields, thereby creating lucrative prize pools over the first two weeks of January. Amateurs and pros alike are likely to be competing for their share of those prize monies, especially as the main event approaches.

With the addition of the World Poker Tour to the lineup with the main event, it entices even more players to take their seats. And with numerous satellites running for that $10K buy-in, a large turnout is being predicted by tournament organizers. When the WPT dropped its World Poker Open in Tunica from the Season 7 schedule, many poker players in the southern portion of the United States were disappointed at losing their “local” shot at fame and fortune, but with the addition of the Beau Rivage to the tour, players have that chance back again and won’t likely let it pass them by.

Biloxi may be new to the WPT but not to major tournaments, as 2009 makes the ninth year in a row that a major poker tournament series has captured the attention of Mississippi in the month of January. Poker players have come to expect it, and many travel from other countries to get in on the action.

The Southern Poker Championship offers something for everyone. From the aforementioned $300 buy-in NLHE events, to a $300 ladies-only NLHE tournament that is part of the Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS), to a $5,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Championship set to take place over three days, players have some wide-ranging options. With the expectation of thousands of players participating, the prize pools will be nothing to sneeze at. But, of course, the WPT main event looks to have a $1 million first prize, not to mention the award of a World Poker Tour bracelet and $25,000 seat into the WPT World Championship at Bellagio in Las Vegas in April.

In addition to the 15 events of the Southern Poker Championship, juicy cash games are anticipated. There are 16 tables for cash game play in Beau Rivage’s smoke-free poker room, with numerous games spread regularly and by request. And there will be nightly poker tournaments at 7pm for those who just cannot get enough of the tournament action.

The Beau Rivage website has all of the information, and players’ rates for the hotel ($79 on weekdays and $99 on weekends) are available through Donna at the hotel reservation desk.

The full list of tournaments in the Southern Poker Championship is as follows:

January 3rd, 12pm    $340 NLHE
January 4th, 12pm    $550 NLHE
January 5th, 12pm    $550 NLHE
January 6th, 12pm    $1,070 NLHE
January 6th, 4pm        $550 Seven-card stud
January 7th, 12pm    $550 LHE
January 7th, 4pm        $550 Seven-card stud 8 or better
January 8th, 12pm    $550 Omaha 8 or better
January 9th, 12pm    $550 NLHE
January 9th, 4pm        $550 PLO rebuy
January 10th, 11am    $550 Ladies NLHE
January 10th, 1pm    $1,070 NLHE
January 11th, 12pm    $5,150 PLO Championship
January 12th, 12pm    $1,070 HORSE
January 14th, 12pm    $10,000 WPT NLHE main event

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