Big-Time Poker Tournaments Coming To Ohio Casinos In August

Written By Brian Cross on July 28, 2023
Ohio Casino Poker Tournaments August

With days as long and hot as they are right now in Ohio, you might as well be in Las Vegas. And you’ll feel like you are with the huge tournaments taking place at Ohio poker rooms in August.

The Mid-States Poker Tour makes a stop in Cleveland, and the Columbus Summer Classic kicks off at Hollywood, both offering many days of exciting poker competition at Ohio casinos. Read on for the details in this August guide to Ohio poker tournaments.

After all, what better place to avoid the heat than under the A/C and on the felt?

Columbus Summer Classic returns to Hollywood Casino

The Columbus Summer Classic is back at Hollywood Casino Columbus. The tournament runs from July 31 to Aug. 13. Hollywood Columbus will kick things off with a series of special events, followed by several Mega Satellites to qualify for the Main Event.

Special Events:

  • Monday, July 31 – No Limit Warm Up, 3:15 p.m. – $200 buy in, $15K guaranteed
  • Tuesday, Aug. 1 – No Limit Ladies Event, 4:15 p.m. – $100 buy in, $10K guaranteed
  • Wednesday, Aug. 2 – Pot Limit Omaha, 4:15 p.m. $300 – buy in, $20K guaranteed
  • Thursday, Aug. 3 – Seniors NL Hold’Em, 12:15 p.m. – $220 buy in, $20K guaranteed

Satellite times vary, but players can find a seat at the table on Aug. 2, 4, 7, 8 and 9. See the full schedule and details at

The Main Event begins on Aug. 5, with a guaranteed prize pool of $500K up for grabs. There will be five flights, each with a buy-in of $780. Surviving players from each flight merge for the final showdown on Aug. 13 at 12:15 p.m.

JACK Casino Cleveland kicks off the MSPT in late August

The Mid-States Poker Tour rolls into Cleveland on Aug. 30 through Sept. 4. With an array of satellites beginning Friday, Aug. 25, this tournament features more than a week of Hold ‘Em and Omaha action at JACK Cleveland Casino.

Multiple satellite events are scheduled, giving players plenty of chances to qualify for the main event. Satellites run on Aug. 25, 27, 28 and 29.

The series officially kicks off with the $300 Seniors NLHE with a $40K guaranteed prize pool on Wednesday, Aug. 30. This event is for players 50 and up.

The highlight of the series starts on Thursday, Aug. 31. The Main Event has a buy in of $1,110 and boasts a whopping $500K guaranteed prize pool. The Main Event extends over several days, with Day 1A on Aug. 31, Day 1B on Sept. 1, Day 1C on Sept. 2 and concludes with Day 2 on Sunday, Sept. 3.

Sept. 3 also features the $1,000 8-Handed Pot Limit Omaha tournament with a $50K guaranteed prize pool.

The series wraps up on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 4) with the $400 Last Chance NLHE, offering players a final opportunity to snag a piece of a $50K guaranteed prize pool.

Daily tournaments continue at Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati

The big tournament this month at Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati takes place on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 11:15 a.m. This contest has a $400 buy in, and offers $50K in guaranteed prize money.

The next featured tournament is a Black Chip Bounty on Friday, Aug. 11, at 6:15 p.m. Join in with a $200 buy in to compete for $10K in guaranteed prizes.

A Monday morning special for seniors goes down on Aug. 21, with a $300 buy in and $25K guaranteed prize pool. Tournament starts at 10:15 a.m.

Daily $100 tournaments run Monday-Friday at 10:15 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Select days offer prize pool guarantees up to $10K.

Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month offer $200 NL tournaments, with $10K guarantees on Sundays. Morning tournaments start at 11:15 on Saturdays.

Hollywood Casino Toledo poker promotions

Hollywood Casino Toledo hasn’t shared a tournament schedule yet, but as usual the poker room offers great promotions throughout the month. High Hands promotions offer daily payouts ranging from $100 to $400.

Full House or better can win, and prizes roll over if there’s no winner. On Fridays and Saturdays, players can win half the prize using just one of their hole cards. Every other day, you must use both of your hole cards to win.

Hollywood Toledo High Hands

  • Sundays – Thursdays: From 5-11 p.m., $100 is rewarded every 30 minutes.
  • Fridays: From 5 p.m.-midnight, $200 is awarded every 30 minutes. The prize doubles to $400 on the first Friday of the month.
  • Saturdays: From 2 p.m.-midnight, there’s a $200 reward every 30 minutes, which increases to $400 on the third Saturday.

Poker players can snag some poker room swag in August with Hollywood’s poker merch giveaway. Log 40 Hours in August to get a “Poker Room” ball cap. Play 80 hours to get the “Poker Room” backpack. Play over 80 hours in August and you’ll get $100 in Bravo comps.

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Brian Cross contributes sports betting, casino and lottery coverage to PlayOhio and PlayPennsylvania. Brian studied Professional Writing and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati and has been a contributing writer at Cincinnati’s alt-weekly for over 10 years.

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