Action rains down at Capitol Casino

Rain may be lacking in Sacramento this past winter, but not so the action at Capitol Casino. They have already hosted a Chinese New Year celebration complete with dragon dance and red envelopes, the start of another monster promotion called Spring Madness, and great turnouts for both the $220 Second Saturday Deep Stack tournament on Jan. 2 and the $550 Deep Stack event on Feb. 11.

This looks to be another great year for poker players at Capitol Casino.

The first Spring Madness drawing was a huge success on Feb. 18. One hundred poker players filled the tables all day as the poker room spread $5/10, $2/5, and $1/3 no-limit Hold’em, as well as $9/18, $6/12, and $4/8 limit Hold’em.

Most of the players showed up early Saturday morning to take advantage of the $50 drawings every 15 minutes that added extra money to the tables and the pots. By 4:00 p.m. there were hundreds of players waiting for their chance to win one of 19 grand prizes, including iPads, home theatre systems, a Caribbean cruise for two, and $8,000 in cash prizes.

The second Spring Madness drawing will be on April 28 and promises to have an even bigger turnout. There will be 36 grand prizes awarded that day including a 2012 Ford Ranger with tow package and $20,000 in cash prizes.

Capitol Casino has become well known for its monthly Second Saturday Deep Stack no-limit tournaments ($220 buy-in). Some of the best tournament players in Northern California come for the player-friendly structure, large prize pool (usually over $20,000) and its single-day format. Jan. 14 was no exception. There were 108 total entries and the final table was a murderer’s row of top local players. It ended with three of them—Loc H., Matt G., and Tom C.—chopping three ways for $4,716 each. The next two $220 Deep Stack events will be March 10 and April 14.

On Feb. 11, 90 players entered the $550 buy-in Deep Stack including 18 satellite entries. The prize pool of $45,000 (with first place just over $15,000) brought the best of the best to play that Saturday. The stress and excitement of this event was evident as only five players got knocked out in the first two hours. The 15,000 starting chips allowed experienced and skilled players to maneuver around the typical landmines that often knock them out of lesser tournaments. After more than 12 hours of play it came down to a heads-up chop between Bob M. and Paul C. Each walked away with just over $12,000 for their efforts.

On Feb. 25 Capitol Casino hosted the Fifth Annual Morton’s/Make-A-Wish Foun­dation Poker Tournament. Over 120 players showed up and donated $250 to make kids wishes come true.

As always, the Morton’s venue provided a first class environment as well as their award-winning food and drinks. With re-buys of $150 plus some personal and corporate donations, this event has raised close to $50,000.

Another exciting new poker promotion is the $5,000 Player’s Appreciation Limit Hold’em Tournament. No cash buy-ins will be allowed for this event. Poker players qualify with a Capitol Casino Rewards Card and 100 hours of play accumulated between March 12 and May 17.

Only the first 100 players are guaranteed seats, so the faster you accumulate time at the poker tables the faster you can qualify and be assured a seat. This unique event is the only limit Hold’em tournament held in the Sacramento region in almost a decade.

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