Breaking Down The December Poker Tournaments In Pennsylvania

Written By Anthony Cicali on December 5, 2023
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Large poker tournaments are available all month long in the Keystone State. Big guarantees are on tap for players and Pittsburgh just shared some recent exciting news. One of the nation’s largest Bad Beat Jackpots of all time hit in the Steel City.

For December, PlayPennsylvania offers a comprehensive overview of poker tournaments and cash game promotions happening in the state. It seems that December is shaping up to be an exceptional month for PA poker players, featuring significant upcoming events and exciting deals.

Don’t forget to check out a variety of Pennsylvania online poker action available this month, too.

Live! Casino Philadelphia offers $580,000 Road to Riches tournament

Live! Casino Philadelphia has tournament action every single day in the month of December. The Road to Riches tournament is the highlight of the month. Live! Philadelphia is running a $250 buy-in multi-flight event Dec. 6-10. With six flights to pick from, this event comes with a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000.

Players who survive their initial flight will play on Sunday, Dec. 10 until completion. A similar series will run the following week for $500 and will come with a $200,000 guarantee for Dec. 13-17.

Another big event will be the Live!Stacks $1,100 buy-in tournament with a $40,000 guarantee on Dec. 30. Besides these three tournaments, the poker room will host daily events for players:

  • Mondays: $140 NLH Bounty Quad Stacks – 6:15 p.m. – $3,000 guaranteed
  • Tuesdays: $160 NLH Bounty – 6:15 p.m. – $6,000 guaranteed
  • Wednesdays: $140 NLH Quadstacks Bounty – 6:15 p.m. – $6,000 guaranteed
  • Thursdays: $130 NLH – 11:15 a.m. – $5,000 guaranteed
  • Fridays and Saturdays: Varying tournaments each week
  • Sundays: $130 NLH Triple Stacks Turbo – 6:15 p.m.

The full schedule can be seen here:

*Daily tournaments may vary with upcoming special events, so check with the poker room before entering.

In November, Chandrash Narayanareddy of NJ won the Live! Cup and made a deal worth $134,572.


Rivers Casino Philadelphia’s Holiday Deepstack

The Rivers Casino Philadelphia poker room is holding some festive competition the week after Christmas. The casino will run multiple holiday deepstack events. The standout tournament will be the $300 Main Event on Dec. 30. It comes with a $20,000 guarantee and each player starts with 40,000 in chips.

Daily tournaments will run almost every day:

  • Mondays: $125 NLH – 6:15 p.m. – $3,000 guaranteed (Dec. 11 & 18)
  • Tuesdays: $150 NLH Green Chip Bounty – 11:15 a.m. – $4,000 guaranteed
  • Wednesdays: $140 NLH Deepstack – 6:15 p.m. – $4,000 guaranteed
  • Thursdays: $80 NLH Deepstack Turbo – 11:15 a.m.
  • Fridays: $140 NLH Frenzy – 6:15 p.m. – $4,000 guaranteed
  • Saturdays: $70 NLH – 10:15 a.m. – Beginners tournament
  • Sundays: $200 NLH – 11:15 a.m. – $5,000 guaranteed

In November, the Rivers Philadelphia poker room successfully concluded its Ultra Rush tournament. The event ended in a six-way ICM chop.

The top winner in the deal was John Wilson. He was the chip leader going into Day 2 with an impressive 441,000. He ended up winning $27,287. Local grinder Michael Bohmerwald was also included in that chop.

Parx Casino supplies weekly tournament poker

December will remain the same for the Bensalem casino:

Tournament schedule:

  • Every Monday at 7:15 p.m. – $200 buy-in Double Green Chip Bounty NL Hold’em
  • Every Friday at 11:15 a.m. – $340 buy-in NL Hold’em with re-entries

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh Bad Beat Jackpot hits for over $900,000

At Rivers Casino Pittsburgh on Nov. 28, eight poker players experienced an early Christmas surprise as the Bad Beat Jackpot hit at an impressive $905,622. The jackpot was triggered when one player holding four aces was bested by another boasting a royal flush.

The “loser” of the hand secured $362,250, while the “winner” earned $271,686. The remaining six players each received $45,281. Notably, Scott Thompson and Brent Enos, both from Pennsylvania, played pivotal roles in this captivating jackpot, with Thompson holding the four aces and Enos securing the royal flush.

The general manager at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, Bud Green, commented on another jackpot at the property. He said in a press release:

“We are unexpectedly and happily becoming a national bad beat jackpot hotspot. Congratulations to our winning guests and to our Rivers Pittsburgh Poker Room Team Members for doing a terrific job.”

This latest windfall follows the casino’s 2022 achievement when it set a US record with a $1.2 million Bad Beat payout.

Rivers Pittsburgh will run some daily events this month including:

  • $125 NLH Tournament – 12 p.m. – every Friday
  • $160 NLH 2x Green Chip Bounty – 4 p.m. – every Wednesday in December
  • $260 NLH Deepstack Tournament – 11 a.m. – Saturday, Dec. 2, 16 & 23
  • $500 NLH Deepstack Tournament – 11 a.m. – Saturday, Dec. 9
  • $340 NLH Deepstack Tournament – 11 a.m. – Saturday, Dec. 30

Live! Casino Pittsburgh December daily poker schedule

The Live! Casino Pittsburgh Poker Room will showcase some daily events in December:

  • Sundays: $80 NLH Bankroll Builder – 2:15 p.m.
  • Mondays: $50 Service Industry NLH – 5:15 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: $120 NLH Bounty Fat Stacks – 11:15 a.m.
  • Wednesdays: $80 NLH Bankroll Builder – 6:15 p.m.
  • Fridays: $130 NLH Triple Stacks Turbo – 6:15 p.m.
  • Saturdays: $120 NLH Green Chip Bounty – 11:15 a.m.

Notable December Bad Beat Jackpots available across Pennsylvania

The biggest jackpot in the US may have hit, but there is still plenty of cash to go around in Pennsylvania:

  • Parx Casino – current jackpot: $57,505
  • Mohegan Pennsylvania – current jackpot: $338,420
  • Mount Airy Casino Resort – current jackpot: $35,308
  • Rivers Casino Philadelphia – $50,000 set Bad Beat
  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh – current jackpot: $12,624
  • Hollywood Meadows Racetrack and Casino – current jackpot: $47,504
  • Wind Creek Bethlehem – current jackpot: $178,672

Borgata Winter Open coming to Atlantic City in January

Borgata has announced it is kicking off 2024 with one of the biggest tournament series of the year. The Borgata Winter Open takes place in Atlantic City from Jan. 1-26. A total of 22 trophy main events will take place, boasting $10 million in guarantees.

Kellie DeCelis, Director of Poker Operations, said in a press release:

“Borgata is the premier gaming destination on the East Coast, and that includes our world-class poker tournaments. After the success of last year’s tournament, ‘The Return,’ we’re excited to offer a Poker Open series and provide so many options for Championship poker at Borgata once again.”

Some of the stand-out tournaments include:

  • Jan. 2-6: (multi-flight) $800 NLH DeepStack Kickoff (Event 1) – $2 million guaranteed
  • Jan. 7-11: (multi-flight) $500 NLH Almighty Stack (Event 5) – $1 million guaranteed
  • Jan. 14-18: (multi-flight) $2,200 NLH Mystery Bounty (Event 10) – $2 million guaranteed
  • Jan. 17-18: $1,100 PLO Championship (Event 15) – $100,000 guaranteed
  • Jan. 23-25: (multi-flight) $560 NLH Mini Mystery (Event 22) – $250,000 guaranteed

The full schedule is available here.

Recently, Nerdthusiast Poker interviewed Kellie DeCelis on its podcast to discuss the upcoming series. It was announced that special live streams will be taking place during the series, as well.

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