The first American Poker Tour event was held in Los Angeles on March 5th, 2020, which was the Hollywood Casino Columbus Poker Tournament. This event was hosted by Poker Hall of Fame Member Reggie Garcia and it was an excellent tournament that many players from the United States and Canada wanted to play in.
Reggie was so pleased with the turnout that he decided to host a second event in Las Vegas, as well as a third in Cleveland. Of course the first was held in Los Angeles and the second and third were both held in Las Vegas. Reggie attended some of the player meetings before the events, so he could get a feel for the kind of players who would be at the event and the kind of players who would not.
In addition to the Hollywood Casino Columbus Poker Tournament, Reggie also ran a Solo Poker League that also took place in Los Angeles and in Las Vegas. He also served as the Captain of the tournament. The players were also put through a test of five hands against Reggie. If a player lost, they had to pay up the face value of the pot, while the winner would be given a little cash prize.
Once all the players were done playing their hands, Reggie decided who would win the silver dollar bill, which went to the winner of the Hollywood Casino Columbus Poker Tournament. In order to compensate the money lost in the tournament, most of the players chose to participate in other tournaments.
The next tournament to be held was the IGT Hollywood Casino Columbus Poker Tournament. This one was held at the Hollywood Casino Columbus and it was called the IGT Hollywood Poker Tournament. Also, like the previous event, Reggie had a poker league that was held, so the competitors at this tournament included some of the top players in the world.
To encourage people to take part in other tournaments, Reggie offered lottery tickets. Every time a player won a hand against him, he would choose someone to take the prize money. For instance, if a player won four hands in a row, he could choose the winner to receive a hundred dollars.
Once the event was over, there were prizes and another money-raising event was held at the poker tournament. Some of the players had a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas. Others were even lucky enough to win money that would be donated to charity.
The winner of the Hollywood Casino Columbus Poker Tournament received a cash prize of $1500. Many of the players won at least one winning hand, so Reggie announced the final round of the tournament in Vegas, which started on June 10th. The next event will be the IGT Hollywood Casino Columbus Poker Tournament and a second Solo Poker League.