The Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is gearing up to host the 2017 Western New York Poker Challenge again this year. It is scheduled to run through from March 31 to April 10. The headline event for Western New York Poker Challenge (WNYPC) is the $1,000 WNYPC Main Event which will have a guarantee of $200,000.
The Main Event is set to be held on April 7 and 8. There are two opening days planned where players begin with 30,000 chips and the blinds increase every 30 minutes. The blinds increase to 40 minutes on Day 2 of the event and continue to rise until a winner emerges on Day 3.Last year, Richard Block won the event for $52,768 netting his largest poker tournament win ever.
In this year’s edition players will have choice of 10 exciting events including the Main Event. The $300 No-Limit Hold'em is the opening event and will have $100,000 as guarantee. Four starting flights for it will be spread over March 31 and April 1. Those getting through them will continue playing till a winner is identified on April 2.
Other events include three rounds of the $150 buy in, single-day $10,000 Guaranteed No-Limit Hold'em, to be held between April 2 to 5 and a $15,000 Guaranteed Pot Limit Omaha event with buy-in of $300 on April 7. Also on offer is a special event on April 7 for women players which is the $10,000 Guaranteed Ladies Championship Event that has a buy in of $200.
Players can get a jumpstart on the fun with the Western New York Poker Challenge Warm-Up tournament. This is being held between Feb. 24 and 26 and will feature three thrilling one-day games. The tournament events start off with a $300 No-Limit Hold'em opening event on Feb. 24 that has a $25,000 guarantee. Next up is the $600 No-Limit Hold'em having a $50,000 guarantee on Feb. 25 and finally on Feb. 26 it is the $150 No Limit Hold'em with a $10,000 guarantee.
Players who manage to make it to final 10 in the first two events will be awarded a satellite ticket for the 2017 Western New York Main Event worth $145.
Players also have an exciting opportunity to win a Dodge Charger at a raffle, a first for the tournament. Participants can win a raffle ticket without limit for every four hours at the cash games table between Jan. 1 and Feb. 20.