Broward News

First Florida World Series of Poker Event at Palm Beach Kennel Club

​Get your game face ready, South Florida. And your unemployment checks. And your mortgage payment. And your kid's lunch money.

You might need it all if you plan on buying-in at the $1,600 main event during the World Series of Poker first-ever Florida circuit event.

This year, the World Series of Poker has chosen the Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach as the location for its only Florida-based circuit event since the

state did away with its $100 cap on poker buy-ins late last year, a decision made in hopes of bringing in over $500 million in additional revenue.


It's good news for the estimated 800 high-stakes poker players expected to participate daily in the World Series' tenth national circuit event that began today and runs through March 1. Participants will be spending an average of $300 to buy-in at the 10 ring-event.

And just what are the chances the event's winner will be from Florida? According to a WSOP representative, pretty good: the Sunshine State is one of the country's top five sources for tournament players hoping to score a seat at the final round National Championship in Las Vegas.

For more on the greyhound racing found at the kennel club, check out "Heartbreak at 45 mph," and read "Royal Flushed" for more on South Florida gambling.


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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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