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Talking Stick Resort sets sights on 2016 Arizona State Poker Championship

25 May 2016

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Novice players and pros are perfecting their skills and gearing up for 12th annual Arizona State Poker Championship.

The no-limit Hold'em tournament will take place Aug. 12-16 in The ARENA Poker Room. A prize pool of more than $1 million dollars will be up for grabs and spectators will be able to catch four-time World Series of Poker champion Tom Schneider emceeing the final table.

"The Arizona State Poker Championship is a must-see event for poker fans," said Tom Young, director of poker at Talking Stick Resort. "The multi-day tournament is full of twists and turns and you never know what's going to happen next. Each year, more than a thousand participants test their luck but only one lucky winner takes home the grand prize."

Last year's tournament featured 1,580 competitors, an increase from 1,460 participants in 2014. Vance Fitzgerald, a resident of Surprise, Ariz. battled his opponents for three hours before being declared the 2015 Arizona State Poker Champion. He won bragging rights, along with a Rolex watch and a $253,600 cash prize.

With a $1,100 buy-in, hopefuls can enter the 2016 tournament and try their hand at joining Fitzgerald in the winner's circle. The event will begin at 9 a.m. on Aug. 12, 13, 14 and 15 and 10 a.m. on Aug. 16. Challengers will enter the game with $16,000 in tournament chips and will have the opportunity to purchase an additional $10,000 chips for $30. Commencing on Aug. 16, the finals will showcase a match between the remaining 10 competitors.

Registration will begin June 1 in The ARENA Poker Room. For more details about the 12th annual Arizona State Poker Championship, visit Talking Stick Resort's website or call the Poker Board at (480) 850-8693. To register by credit card or phone, call the Talking Stick Resort Box Office at (480) 850-7734. All participants must submit their $1,100 buy-in during the signup process. Must be 21 or older to participate.

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