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Rivers Casino to host first-ever televised poker event in Pittsburgh

20 November 2013

PITTSBURGH -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Poker made a big splash in Pittsburgh when Rivers Casino debuted the city’s first table games in 2010. Now, Rivers is raising the stakes by hosting the first-ever televised poker tournament in the ‘Burgh – the Pittsburgh Poker Open – which kicks off Nov. 21. Several tournament activities lead up to the main event, which will take place Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 in Rivers’ 30-table dedicated poker room.

To capture Pittsburgh’s premier poker event, “Poker Night in America” – an up-and-coming television show – will film the tournament’s final table on Monday, Dec. 2, as well as an ancillary high-stakes cash game on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

These events are attracting some world-famous poker personalities to Pittsburgh, who will be facing off against the city’s top players.

Poker Celebrities and Local Players Go Head-to-Head

Rivers Casino’s poker room will be bustling with activity during the 11 days of the Pittsburgh Poker Open, which will include several satellite events. The main event includes two starting days, with re-entry options, on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30.

The first-place prize of the final table is expected to exceed $100,000.

With a prize pool of that size, the Pittsburgh Poker Open is attracting some of the world’s best players who will compete alongside local players.

Expected poker stars include:

Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, the 2004 World Series of Poker champion known for his iconic dinosaur, reflective sunglasses.
Joe Cada, the 2009 World Series of Poker champion.
Darvin Moon, the runner-up to Cada in 2009; this event will be the first time they compete against each other since the finals in 2009.
Dan O’Brien, one of the up-and-coming young guns who was ranked as the top online player in the world at one time.
Steve Dannenmann, finished in second place in the 2005 World Series of Poker main event.
Matt Savage, co-founder of the Tournament Directors Association (TDA) and director of tournament operations for the World Poker Tour.
While these pros can join the Pittsburgh Poker Open, they are guaranteed to participate in a high-stakes cash game on Tuesday, Dec. 3 along with two selected local players. This cash game is by invitation only, and includes buy-in ranges from $5,000 to $20,000.

“We’re about to find out who is the best poker player in Pittsburgh,” said Bud Green, assistant general manager of Rivers Casino. “As a bonus, we’re thrilled to be attracting some players you usually only see on TV to our poker room.”

Both the Pittsburgh Poker Open final table and high-stakes cash game will be filmed for “Poker Night in America.”

“Poker Night in America” comes to Pittsburgh

These events at Rivers will be “Poker Night in America’s” third television taping location. Earlier this year, Poker Night filmed contests in Upstate New York and Reno, Nev.

Poker Night spotlights the game and its players – often introducing audiences to new insights about some of their beloved poker personalities. While the poker celebrities will be in town for the games at Rivers Casino, Poker Night will document their time experiencing Pittsburgh culture.


Opened in 2009, Rivers Casino has been named “Best Overall Gaming Resort” in Pennsylvania by Casino Player magazine, “Best Overall Casino” in Pennsylvania by Strictly Slots magazine and “Best Casino” by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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