INDIO, Calif. - As the annual March college basketball tournament played on the overhead TV screens in the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino poker room, so began the drive to the championship for one of 64 players competing for top honors in the ''March Madness Poker Tournament.'' At stake was a $3,000 jackpot and bragging rights for an entire year.
After hours of No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em poker playing, it came down to the final head-to-head shootout. The last player sitting at the PokerPro Automated Heads Up Table was Phillip Ringo of Thousand Palms.
Ringo has been playing at Fantasy Springs for some time and has recently become a student of the game of poker. His newfound expertise helped him win his way to the $3,000 jackpot March 27.
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino's poker room is an officially sanctioned World Poker Tour satellite poker room.
The Fantasy Springs poker room features PokerPro automated poker tables exclusively and is open every day at 10 a.m. PokerPro players enjoy faster play and lower rakes, and it's easy to learn.
Fantasy Springs is the desert's leader in gaming and entertainment, featuring 2,000 slots, a PokerPro automated poker room, live comedy at the World Famous IMPROV and A-list performers inside the Special Events Center. Fantasy Springs' own Eagle Falls Golf Course is the new Palm Springs home to the ''Playboy Golf Scramble.'' Dance and party at the Velvet Palm Nightclub atop the luxurious 12-story, 250-room hotel. Dine in one of the five restaurants. Enjoy casual dining at POM or The Fresh Grill Buffet, or an elegant evening at the Bistro. At Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, ''It Happens Here.'' Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians.