Battle of the Bay

Lucky Chances Casino

Lucky Chances Casino recently concluded its annual Battle of the Bay tournaments which took place June 3 to 10. Over the course of the seven events there were 1,395 paid entries and a total of $646,510 in prize money paid out (including over $8,000 added by Lucky Chances). The Battle of the Bay culminated with the extremely popular $100,000 First Place Guarantee No-limit Hold’em Championship event, won by Sunnyvale resident Joe Nguyen.

Events and their winners were:

June 3: $40,000 Guaranteed First Place No-limit Hold’em $550 + $50; Winner: Steven Foutty

  • June 4: $10,000 Guaranteed First Place No-limit Hold’em unlimited re-buy event $100 + $20; Winner: Lance Harvey

  • June 5: $20,000 Guaranteed First Place No-limit Hold’em $320 + $30; Winner: Steven Foutty

  • June 6: $10,000 Guaranteed First Place 6-handed No-limit Hold’em $320 + $30; Winner: Mike Heshmati

  • June 8: $10,000 Guaranteed First Place Limit Omaha Hi-low $320 + $30; Winner: Charles Swan

  • June 9: Limit to No-limit Partner’s Tournament $300 + $30 (per team); Winners: Joe Capko and Ken Gutmaker

  • June 10: $100,000 Guaranteed First Place No-limit Hold’em Championship $1,000 + $80; Winner: Joe Nguyen

Lucky Chances’ tournaments are popular with Bay Area players, as they are known as “The best place for first place.” All weekly events offer first place guarantee payouts, as do the majority of special events offered throughout the year.

Live game offerings include one of the largest jackpots in California (currently over $175,000, with double jackpot hours bringing the potential jackpot win to over $350,000). The Hold’em Bad Beat Jackpot is always any four-of-a-kind beaten by a higher hand. They also offer incredible jackpots for Seven-Card Stud and Omaha. Double Jackpot times are offered for all games.

Lucky Chances management makes a real effort to raise the excitement level for their players. Not only do they have great bad beat jackpots, they also have Rack Attack and Aces Cracked promotions daily. They now also offer a Faces Cracked promotion on weekdays where, during specified hours, your pocket Jacks, Queens, or Kings will also be rewarded when they don’t hold up.

For the Rack Attack promotion, a table is drawn at random and a rack of the primary chips used in that game is added to the next pot. During Aces Cracked hours, pocket aces beaten in any Hold’em game will also pay a rack of chips, up to $300.

Players may also now sign up for the Lucky Chances Players Club, where points are earned for time played and may be redeemed for food or merchandise.