High Plains Cultural Center set to host poker tournament

Ken Roshau readily admits that he doesn’t have a poker face. You could tell by the grin on his face when he was talking about the High Plains Cultural Center Bounty Poker Tournament on Nov. 26.


“I can’t play poker. Every time I have a good hand, everybody knows,” chuckled Roshau, a grin stretching from ear to ear. “I just don’t have that poker face.”

Roshau is the executive director of the cultural center, and is pretty excited about the hand he has with the Texas Hold’em tournament at his venue.

“We know there is a lot of people from the area who play poker,” Roshau said.

The tournament is part of the Dakota Poker Tour. Players on the tour can use this tournament as a stepping stone to play their way into the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

According to its Web site, the Dakota Poker Tour enhances the local charitable poker tournament scene. Sponsored tournaments award points and at the end of the season the top 100 players qualify for a championship tournament with the overall winner earning a World Series of Poker seat.

Registration will be at noon at the cultural center with the tournament getting under way at 1 p.m. The cost to play will be $125, which will get the player 15,000 chips. They play until they are out of chips.

However, player can purchase more chips within the first two hours of the tournament for $50, which will get them 5,000 additional chips, Roshau said.

Each player will each receive a pink chip that is worth $25. The player keeps the chip until he or she is eliminated. Each player who is eliminated must give the pink chip to the person who put them out of the tournament, said Roshau.

The tournament will be run through the Free Poker Network Gaming, which will provide all the equipment, supplies and dealers.

There will be concessions available and the bar will be open during the tournament. Two pull tab games and a black jack table will also be available, Roshau said.

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