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Poker tourney betting on Cincinnati

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Tana Weingartner
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WVXU

Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino will be the first venue in Ohio to host a World Series of Poker circuit event.

The 12-day tournament begins September 19 and runs through September 30.

Casino General Manager Kevin Kline anticipates 8,000 people will compete.

"Poker players will be traveling in from all over the country. We expect this to be a great feeder event," says Kline. "We expect (hotel) rooms to get filled up."

The combined prize pool in Cincinnati will be about $3 million. Two winners go on to compete in the National Championships in Atlantic City.

The World Series of Poker circuit events are a brand extension of the original World Series of Poker held each year in Las Vegas.