In only a month, poker players from across the State and across the Country will converge on The ARENA Poker Room at Talking Stick Resort for the annual Arizona State Poker Championship. Kicking off on Friday, Aug. 11, the No Limit Hold’em tournament, now in its 13th year, will feature a prize pool of more than $1 million dollars and will be hosted by four-time World Series of Poker champion, Tom Schneider. 

Upon entry, players will receive $16,000 in tournament chips with their $1,100 buy-in. They can also buy an additional  $10,000 in chips for $30. Tournament play will be broken into three days beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 and 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13. Participants eliminated in the first three days of play can reenter.  

The semi-final tables will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 14 and will continue until 10 players are left. The remaining 10 players will be in the finals starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15 and continue until a new champion is crowned. The winner will receive $196,750, a Rolex and a trophy, while second and third place will receive $143,000 and a trophy and $110,000 and a trophy, respectively. However, final prize amounts will be based on the number of entrants.

Beyond the poker action and prizes, The ARENA Poker Room will keep players full and energetic by offering a special menu 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. Among the array of dishes available for $9 include Fish Tacos, BBQ Pork Sliders, Portabella Mushroom Burger and more.

Registration is currently underway in The ARENA Poker Room. For more details about the 11th annual Arizona State Poker Championship, visit or call (480) 850-7734. All participants must submit their $1,100 buy-in during the signup process.  Must be 21 or older to participate.