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Wildhorse's Fall Poker Roundup kicks off Nov. 5

PENDLETON -- Like the song says, ya gotta "know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em" when it comes to playing poker.

Think you've got a good stoic look that can bluff a card shark? Well then, you might want to head on over to the Wildhorse Resort & Casino near Pendleton from Nov. 5-16 and enter its annual Fall Poker Roundup, which is the Pacific Northwest's largest annual poker tournament.

The 12-day action includes Limit Texas Hold 'Em, No-limit Texas Hold 'Em, Super Satellite for $1,000, H.O.R.S.E, Omaha high/low split, S.H.O.E. and Ultimate Blackjack Tour.

Multiple tournament action starts at 6:30 a.m. each day with twice daily single table satellite games continuing until 6 p.m.

Entry fees are $15 for each category, which includes a gourmet buffet, and buy-ins range from $150 to $1,000. About $1 million in prize money is expected to be won at the event, but you must be 21 or older to enter.

Poker has become one of the more popular events on cable TV. The Travel Channel reports that between 3 million and 5 million viewers tune in weekly for the World Poker Tournaments.

The Wildhorse poker tourney has in past events drawn some celebrity poker players such as Clonie Gowen, the WPT's current women's champion and Tom McEvoy, the Las Vegas-based author of several books on playing poker.

"This is the world's most player-friendly tournament, guaranteed," said Vince Burgio, a renowned poker columnist for Card Player magazine. Burgio also will be the host for the Wildhorse poker tournament.

So, card lovers, what it all comes down to is this: If you've got a hankering to play the gambler then remember, "Never count your money when you're sittin' at the table, there'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done."

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;