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60 players to compete in poker finals Wednesday

60 players to compete in poker finals Wednesday

After 10 weeks of qualifying rounds, 60 of the best poker players from around the state and as far away as Galveston, TX will face off in the $25,000 Arkansas Poker Tournament where the Grand Prize is $10,000. Prize money will be awarded through seventh place.

Oaklawn held qualifying rounds every Monday and Wednesday evening from June 13 through Aug. 17. The top two players from each round were automatically invited to the finals and the remaining 20 spots were filled based on a points system. 

WHEN:                 Wednesday, Aug.

Forrest Wood Cup 2011

Forrest Wood Cup 2011

WHAT:        Forrest Wood Cup, the World Championship of Bass Fishing

WHEN:       Thur., Aug. 11 - Friday, Aug, 14 2011

WHERE:     Daily takeoff 6:30 a.m. - Brady Mountain Resort & Mairna

                                                          4120 Brady Mountain Road, Royal, Ark.

                  Daily Weigh-in 5 p.m.

Make golf a family event

Make golf a family event

The PGA Family Course Program allows the entire family to get out on the course by giving younger and beginner golfers a more manageable playing field. Provided through a partnership with The PGA of America and U.S. Kids Golf, the Family Course Program enables golf facilities to turn their regulation 9- or 18-hole course into a “short course” experience through the use of PGA Family Tee Markers- making regulation courses the perfect place for beginners and seasoned golfers to play together!

To expand on the Family Course Program, The PGA of America and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) teamed up to place PGA Family Course Tee Markers at many of its municipal courses nationwide to make golf more accessible to families.

Listed below are courses near you that have PGA Family Course Tee Markers. 

  • Greystone Country Club (Mt.

Corps concerned with rising number of deaths at its parks

Corps concerned with rising number of deaths at its parks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The U.S.

Corps concerned with rising number of deaths at its parks

Corps concerned with rising number of deaths at its parks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The U.S.

Full moon kayak tour

Full moon kayak tour

Park interpreters from Lake Catherine are giving a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the lake in a whole new way.  On Saturday, August 13, full moon kayak tours are being given out on the lake in Hot Springs.  Fees include use of the kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets and a $15 admission fee.  You must pre-register and pay at the visitor center.  For more information, you can call the Lake Catherine State Park Superintendent at 501-844-4176.

Frank Mirahmadi selected as Oaklawn's next announcer

Frank Mirahmadi selected as Oaklawn's next announcer

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – When Oaklawn opens for live racing in January, fans will be greeted by the sound of a new track announcer for the first time in more than 37 years. Frank Mirahmadi, introduced to Oaklawn fans as its official “backup” during the 2011 season, will replace Terry Wallace, who announced last month he was retiring from the announcer’s booth.

Mirahmadi was selected from a large pool of applicants hailing from across the nation and as far away as Australia. He becomes just the fourth announcer in Oaklawn’s 107 year history.

A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Mirahmadi, 43, has worked at major tracks all across the country and currently calls the Northern California fair circuit and occasionally serves as a racing analyst on the Television Games Network (TVG).