Card Player Poker Tour saddles up for first-ever Texas tourney

Texas Hold'em may carry the state's name, but it is illegal in the Lone Star State.  That could soon change, however, as legislators have begun to look at proposals that would change the poker landscape across the state.  In the meantime, tournament operators are using a loophole to bring poker to Texans and the Card Player Poker Tour (CPPT) will lead the way this summer, offering the first-ever non-charity poker tournament in the state.

The Lone Star State Poker Championship will be held at Houston's Post Oak Poker Room from July 30 through August 5.  The ladies will have a special tournament when the Ladies International Poker Tour (LIPS) gets underway on July 28 with the first-ever Lone Star Ladies State Poker Championship.  The LSSPC main event will take place on August 3 through August 5, and features a $500 buy-in plus a "seat rental" for $80. 

The LIPS tournament, the main event, a seniors poker championship and a Pot-Limit Omaha tournament will all offer customized gold rings to the winners.  Each is crowned with a blue topaz, the state gem of Texas.  The rings are designed to resemble the shape of the Lone Star state, and are encrusted with black onyx and rubies.

To offer the tournament without breaking the laws, Post Oak Poker Club doesn't take a rake.  The seat rental fee provides it with income, with all buy-ins being given back to the tour and the players through prize money.  

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