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Be Careful What You Wager…

Local pro Lewis Mitchell showed up in a… unique… outfit this morning to play flight 1B of the $100k Guaranteed main event. We figured there must be a story behind it, and a quick interview answers all of our questions.


Winners!


Christine Prichard wins the Black Chip Bounty event! Christine works with animals and volunteers with the ASPCA when she’s not collecting bounties in poker tournaments in Reno.
Chris Johnson crushed a field of 157 players to win the WSPS Seniors event at Atlantis Reno for a nice score of $4,999 and a beautiful shuriken trophy. As you can see in the photo, he was overjoyed!
Steve Badolato shipped the eight game mix event, surviving a field that included a WSoP HORSE bracelet winner and our very own pink ninja. The photo clearly indicates his surprise when he was told that the tournament had ended and he was the winner.
Four shuriken trophies remain, along with the prestigious main event trophy, a custom made, razor sharp, katana with out logo etched into the blade.

Payouts for the WSPS Seniors and Battle events.

$260 WSPS Battle

1stSteve Nevim$3013
2ndJeffrey Trettenew$2659
3rdSkip Ferguson$1571
4thMichael Chihick$1257
5thAl Ahlm$943
6thJohn Gooding$733
7thCharrise Chase$300

$200 Seniors Event

1stChris Johnson$4999
2ndMarty Gorenc$4282
3rdGreg Kukuk$4281
4thAl Northington$2113
5thKenny Webster$1593
6thTim Dankoff$1279
7thKuni Kikawa$1068
8thKitty Gould$862
9thMark Meurrens$651
10thEric Nelson$482
11thCharrise Case$482
12thBarry Birdwell$482
13thPatricia Dellow$402
14thBob Schulhause$402
15thMonte Gilley$375
16thAl Ahlm $375
17thJeff Salmon$347
18thRandy Ryckebosch$347
19thMatthew Salmon$307



WSPS Seniors Event Day Two Update

Seating Assignments by Table and Seat

Player NameChip CountTable Seat
Barry Birdwell199,50011
Greg Kukuk248,00012
Jeff Salmon63,00014
Chris Johnson106,00015
Matt Salmon32,00017
Patricia Dellow 111,00018
Alvin Northington53,00019
Randy Ryckebosch135,00023
Charisse Case129,00024
Kenny Webster272,00025
Bob Schulhause135,50026
Kitty Gould63,00028
Monte Gilley74,00031
Al Ahlm45,50033
Eric Nelson189,50034
Mark Meurrens184,50035
Kuni Kikawa89,50036
Marty Gorenc106,50037
Tim Dankoff113,50039

Seating Assignments by Player Name

Player NameChip CountTable Seat
Al Ahlm45,50033
Alvin Northington53,00019
Barry Birdwell199,50011
Bob Schulhause135,50026
Charisse Case129,00024
Chris Johnson106,00015
Eric Nelson189,50034
Greg Kukuk248,00012
Jeff Salmon63,00014
Kenny Webster272,00025
Kitty Gould63,00028
Kuni Kikawa89,50036
Mark Meurrens184,50035
Marty Gorenc106,50037
Matt Salmon32,00017
Monte Gilley74,00031
Patricia Dellow 111,00018
Randy Ryckebosch135,00023
Tim Dankoff113,50039

Payouts

PlacePayout
1st$6,300
2nd$4,418
3rd$2,844
4th$2,113
5th$1,593
6th$1,279
7th$1,068
8th$862
9th$651
10th$482
11th$482
12th$482
13th $402
14th $402
15th$402
16th$347
17th$347
18th$347
19th$347

Pink Ninja!!!!!!

Our very own Pink Ninja, Molly Mossey, won our first resurrection event at Atlantis Casino in Reno! Go Molly! Pink Ninja Power!

Molly Mossey wins ininja poker event at Atlantis in Reno Nevada!

Kind of a Big Deal…

The local news channel showed up to interview us this morning. Carson was great and the spots were a ton of fun! All Video courtesy of KRNV Reno.


We Have A Winner!

Our first event here in Reno was a smashing success, drawing more players than the casino has seen for this particular event in years. A good time was had by all, and the event ended in a surprise nine way chop with Ivan Zarate taking the lion’s share of the winnings.

Ivan Zarate wins the first event of our iNinja Poker Tour series at Atlantis Reno with the big side of a chop for $2,300.

The event featured a $200 buy-in with $50 of that going to a bounty on each player. Zarate ended up with $2,300 on top of the bounties he collected on his way to the final table. This brings Zarate’s tournament winnings to nearly $70,000. The rest of the table received $809 each in addition to the bounties they collected.

The field was an impressive 79 players for a small bounty event on a Thursday, and players loved playing in a room with a view of the high sierras and praised the structure of the event as well.

A satellite went off with a nice crowd as well, with 53 entrants competing for 11 seats into the $40k guaranteed event starting on Friday.


The Resurrection Begins!

Cards are in the air and we have passed 70 players with a ton of time left in registration in the $200 buy-in Warm Up Bounty event ($50 bounties). The room looks great and players are excited. We’ve also seen the reveal of the prelim event trophies and the first appearance by our Pink Ninja!

Poker Players in a tournament
A full room for the Warm Up Bounty event!

iNinja Resurrection Event at Diamond Jo

Congratulations to our first ever iNinja Zombie Slayer! Neil Cullen took down the event after ten hours of slaying ninjas only to watch them come back from the dead and start stacking chips again!
Congratulations to our first ever iNinja Zombie Slayer! Neil Cullen took down the event after ten hours of slaying ninjas only to watch them come back from the dead and start stacking chips again!
ininja resurrection event flyer for Diamond Jo Casino 2018

iNinja returned from the dead with it’s first Resurrection event at Diamond Jo Casino in Northwoods, Iowa on December 15th 2018. A day that will be known forever as the day the dead rose and the busted players came back from the rail. Each player was given a “resurrection chip” featuring a logo of a ninja clawing it’s way out of a grave. Upon busting the event, the player could turn in the chip and receive twenty big blinds and a new life.

Players weren’t certain how to handle the unique structure at first, and bust outs were fast and furious for the first few hours, but eventually most players realized that holding on to their chips was very valuable in this format. The tournament ended with nearly seven million chips in play and 93 players. This was a stack of more than 65,000 for each entry! Later in the tournament a resurrection chip was worth nearly 200,000 tournament chips.

The event was incredibly well received, with 93 entries nearly doubling the typical Saturday tournament field at Diamond Jo. Players came from as far as Las Vegas to play the new event and celebrate with the tour founders as they watch their brand rise from the dead. Cash games were fast and furious all weekend, with $2/5 no-limit Holdem running both Friday and Saturday nights.

The Resurrection Chip that allows a player to come back to life as a zombie with 20 big blinds.

In the end local player Neil Cullen took down the $2,321 first prize and a custom made card protector to commemorate the event. Players were able to take a resurrection chip home once the event was complete, and dozens of players took advantage of this opportunity to get a one of a kind card protector! Player reaction was overwhelmingly positive and the tour owners celebrated with players in cash games once the event was complete.

The tour would like to thank everyone who came to the event. We can’t do it without your support! We look forward to returning to Diamond Jo very soon!