Utah Poker Tour Comes to Easy Street at The Sky Lodge
Park City has always missed the boat when it comes to legal, recreational poker tournaments. Many bars and clubs in the Salt Lake City area have been running weekly or nightly Texas Hold’em tournaments for years now. That all changed two weeks ago when the Utah Poker Tour decided to expand its weekly tournament schedule to include a Monday night stop at Sky Lodge on Main Street. This upscale Park City bar is a great venue for holding a classy, weekly poker tournament.
You may be asking how a weekly poker tournament could be legal in the state of Utah. Well, since these tournaments are completely free of charge to its participants, they are not actually gambling in the eyes of even Utah’s conservative laws. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to fight for in these tournaments. Every week, Easy Street offers up gift certificates to the top 4 finishers in every tournament! Every single week, first place is a $100 gift certificate, with $60 for second, $40 for third, and $25 for fourth. Also, if you bust out early, a side tournament usually starts up, where that night’s early losers compete for additional (but smaller) prizes. What could be better than a free-roll for a gourmet dinner or bar tab?
Tonight will mark the 3rd evening of the new Utah Poker Tour Park City tournaments. The first two weeks had good attendance, with 3 tables of players last week. If you are skilled (or lucky) enough to make it to the final table of the tournament, you will earn points towards playing in the quarterly Utah Poker Cup championship. The top 25 or so finishers from each Utah Poker Tour location will qualify to play in the championship, where over $1500 in cash for first place, along with prizes will be up for grabs! So, not only can you win prizes and gift certificates every week, if you post consistent results you may even take home some cash. You can follow along with the overall points leaders on the Easy Street Points page.
The poker at the Sky Lodge is casual and friendly, with the experienced Utah Poker Tour dealers handling all of the shuffling and rules decisions. For their services, the dealers collect tips from the players, but this is typically only $5 or so per player. The skill range of players is everywhere from first timers to skilled amateurs, so if you’ve ever wanted to play in a live poker tournament, this is a great atmosphere to try it out without costing you much money at all. If you are a regular poker player looking to meet some like-minded people in Park City, it is also a great spot to learn about other poker nights and home games around town.
The Utah Poker Tour is every Monday night inside the Easy Street Bar (Le Bar Boheme) at The Sky Lodge on the corner of Main Street and Heber Ave, at the 4-way stop in the middle of Main Street. Venture around the side of the lodge, down the stairs next to the waterfalls, and you will see the entrance to the Easy Street Bar. Registration begins at 7:30, and the cards start flying around 8pm. Each week brings more and more people, so get there early to guarantee yourself a seat.
For more information on the Utah Poker Tour, check out their website. And remember, “It’s immoral to let a sucker keep his money.” See you there!