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Tiffany Michelle and Norman Chad launch Jamul Casino poker room

30 January 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) -- On Friday, 15 February 2019, Jamul Casino will unite hundreds of local poker players with celebrities and professional players for a chance at the $50,000 prize pool in the inaugural Golden Cap poker tournament. Included in the celebrity line-up are Professional Poker Player Tiffany Michelle and legendary ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad, as well as numerous others. The poker tournament is part of the Grand Opening celebration for the casino's new Poker Room. Start time for the poker tournament is high noon, and Grand Opening celebrations begin at 11 a.m.

Players interested in participating in the first annual Golden Cap poker tournament may buy-in for $500 plus a $50 entry fee beginning 11 February at the Jamul Casino Poker Room, or at 10 a.m. on game day, February 15. A full schedule can be found on the Poker page on the website for Jamul Casino. The tournament also offers $500 prizes as bounties for players who knock out the Jamul tribal council, poker professionals, or celebrities playing in the tournament, such as Tiffany Michelle and Norman Chad.

Tiffany Michelle is a professional poker player and television personality. She has twice been named one of MAXIM's Top 20 Hottest Celebrity Poker Players and one of the Top 10 Most Fascinating People in Poker by the Casino City Times. She broke the record for the largest field conquered by a female in live poker history when she finished 17th out of 6,844 players at the 2008 World Series of Poker, taking home $334,534. A year later she competed as part of the only all-female team on season 15 of the Emmy Award-winning The Amazing Race. She has also been seen as a series regular the Emmy-nominated soap opera series DeVanity, and finished in Bobby Flay's Top 3 on season 3 of the Food Network's Worst Cooks In America.

Norman Chad has served as a commentator and co-host for The World Series of Poker on ESPN since 2003. Chad, who is also a syndicated sportswriter, is recognized for his colorful poker terminology, including 'squadoosh' (poor hand) and 'whamboozled' (eliminated from the tournament). He has also participated in numerous World Series of Poker events, including a sixth place finish in 2012. He writes a weekly column for The Washington Post and other news outlets, and has published a book.

Additional celebrity and bountied players include Scott Long, Publisher of Ante Up Magazine; radio talk show hosts Ben & Woods from Mighty 1090 Sports; and several others.

Adjacent to the High Limit Room at Jamul Casino, the new Poker Room features 10 high-action tables, table-side dining and full bar service, and the latest equipment and technology. Added at the request of its guests, Jamul Casino's Poker Room will host ongoing live games and weekly tournaments.

"We are constantly listening to our guests and are thrilled to accommodate the growing market for a high-stakes Poker Room. The Jamul Casino Poker Room will be a popular addition to the casino," stated Erica M. Pinto, Chairwoman of the Jamul Indian Village of California.

The schedule for the grand opening includes:

  • 9:00 a.m. – Turbo satellite tournament begins (1 in 5 wins entry to Golden Cap tournament)

  • 10:00 a.m. – Golden Cap tournament registration opens/appetizers served (Loft 94)

  • 11:00 a.m. – Grand Opening Ceremony / Welcome - Erica M. Pinto, Tribal Chairwoman / Tribal Blessing - Kenneth Meza, Former Tribal Vice Chairman / Traditional Kumeyaay Bird Singing - James Cuero III, Tribal Council Member

  • 11:20 a.m. – Management Remarks by Mary Cheeks, President & General Manager

  • 11:25 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting

  • 11:30 a.m. – Celebrity Introductions & Golden Cap Tournament Kick-Off

  • 11:45 a.m. – Seats assigned

  • 12:00 p.m. – Tournament begins

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