$1.1 Million Prize Pool Up For Grabs At 16th Annual Arizona State Poker Championship

Written By C.J. Pierre on July 1, 2022 - Last Updated on January 30, 2023

Poker is a draw at Arizona Casinos. And next week will be no different.

The 16th Annual Arizona State Poker Championship gets underway next week. Over 1,000 players from around the world aim for the title and the massive $1.1 million prize pool.

If you are interested, there are several opportunities to hone your skills leading up to the big dance.

Arizona State Poker Championship details

The Arizona State Poker Championship will begin on July 8 at Talking Stick Resort. The buy-in is $1,100, including a $100 service fee.

Players will start with $16,000 worth of tournament chips. They will have the option to buy $10,000 bonus tournament chips for $30.00, although bonus chips must be purchased before receiving their first hand. Re-entries and late entries are allowed until the end of the first break during the first three days of play.

The semi-finals will take place on July 11, with the finals happening on July 12.

To register online, players must have a Talking Stick Resort Players’ Rewards Card ID number. Registrations can only be made for the individual playing in the tournament. The deadline for online registration ends at 8:00 am on July 8. However, entries can continue to be purchased at The Arena Poker Room Cashier, until the end of the first break, on July 10.

Upcoming Tournaments this weekend

Several Poker Tournaments will be going on at other Arizona Casinos this weekend. It is an excellent opportunity for folks hoping to participate in the Arizona State Poker Championship to get some practice.

Talking Stick Resort is holding a tournament on Saturday, July 2. The total buy-in is $345. Gila River Casino – Lone Butte is also having a tournament on Saturday. The total buy-in is $200. Lastly, the Hon-Dah Casino in Pinetop, AZ, is also putting on a tournament. The total buy-in is $30.

Talking Stick Resort and the Hon-Dah Casino will also have tournaments going on Sunday. The buy-in at Talking Stick will be $140. Meanwhile, Hon-Dah’s buy-in will still be $30.

On the same day, Desert Diamond Casino will hold a poker tournament at its Tucson location with a $60 buy-in.

If you are interested, you can find a poker tournament going on at an Arizona Casino nearly every day of the week. The buy-ins will vary, and so will the competition. Just be ready to put your money where your cards are.

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CJ Pierre is a multimedia journalist currently residing in the Phoenix-Metro Area in Arizona. He has been covering news and sports for over a decade for both online and TV broadcasts. He was born and raised in Minneapolis and an alum of Minnesota State University: Moorhead. CJ has experience as a reporter and videographer and has covered high school, college and professional sports throughout his career. Most notably following Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Vikings and North Dakota State University football.

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