BFOP is saying goodbye

Posted in Events, Special on May 3, 2015 by baronaonlinepoker

Most of you have already heard the news, but in case you missed it: Barona Freeplay Online Poker is closing on June 30. We won’t get maudlin on you, or try to discuss this in any detail here – it’s all explained in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

And as always, we are offsetting this news with at least a little good news – we’re going out with a bang! For the next two months, we’ll be conducting a wide array of events to help say goodbye. Click here for a summary of the various events taking place between now and June 30. We’ll publish more details of these events as they get closer.

Come join us to celebrate the nearly four years of fun we’ve had!


Weekly Major series goes on hiatus

Posted in Uncategorized on January 4, 2015 by baronadennis

With the Weekly Major series taking a break from the action, we’ve introduced even more ways to win. Now introducing the Weekday Omaha series, offering even more of the great Barona resort-related prizes you’ve enjoyed thus far!

Running Monday through Friday, pot-limit Omaha events will award an additional $200 in dining certificates. We’ll be running Omaha Hi and Omaha Hi/Lo tournaments in turbo and hyper-turbo formats starting this week to increase the number of prizes being given out each week.

For additional information on prizing and formats, please CLICK HERE or go to the Tournaments page of the site.

Elves get some vacation days, but Boxing Day is coming!

Posted in Promotions, Special, Tournaments on December 24, 2014 by baronaonlinepoker

Just a quick reminder that we’re giving all of the Barona Freeplay Online Poker elves the day off, both today (Christmas Eve) and Christmas Day. We’re rolling those prizes, together with the prizes we’d normally give away on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, into one huge tournament on Boxing Day, December 26.

The Boxing Day Special includes over $2,500 in cash, and pays 50 places. Click here for more details, including full payout table and structures.

Have a joyous holiday, and join us the day after for even more holiday fun!

Get ready for Boxing Day!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 9, 2014 by baronaonlinepoker

If you’ve been playing on Barona Freeplay Online Poker for a while, you know that we don’t take many days off. In fact, in the 1,182 days we’ve been in operation, there have been exactly 18 days when we haven’t had at least one prize tournament.

Those days are almost always during the holidays. We want to make sure that our staff gets to spend time with their families during this festive season. There will be no regular prize tournaments on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, December 26, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

But when we do this, we end up with extra prizes, and we can’t have that! Stay tuned to this space for news on our annual Boxing Day Tournament – this year featuring cash prizes for the first time ever. We’ll be announcing details in the next few days.

Tax reporting of online poker winnings

Posted in Policy on August 27, 2014 by baronaonlinepoker

If you have won an individual prize valued at over $100 other than restaurant certificates, hotel stays or rounds of golf, you recently received an email from us about tax compliance. We are only the messengers here, so please don’t shoot.

Barona Freeplay Online Poker is owned and operated by the Barona Resort & Casino. We are subject to the same tax regulations as the Casino, which includes aggregating prizes worth more than $100 and then reporting the win to the IRS if the total is over $600. There’s nothing we can do about this – it’s Federal law and required by the IRS.

If you have a reportable win, you should consult a tax professional to determine how to report it on your taxes. If needed, Club Barona can produce a win/loss statement for you – go to Club Barona on your next visit, or click here for more details.

“Meet the Hosts” live tournament is a hit

Posted in Events, Special, Tournaments on August 14, 2014 by baronaonlinepoker

Every month, the hosts of Barona Freeplay Online Poker invite players to a meet-and-greet called Meet the Hosts. Most months, Meet the Hosts is an hour of players getting together to chat, trade bad beat stories and eat pizza. We sometimes give away prizes, promotional chips or other goodies, and a good time is always had by all.

On August 13, we decided to try something different. After the Meet the Hosts hour ended, we invited our players to a private tournament in the poker room. The buy-in was $30 with no entry fee (thanks to Poker Room Manager Tim Malinoski), and we added $300 to the prize pool.

29 players took us up on our offer, creating a prize pool of $1,170 including the added money. As an added treat, the tournament was dealt by HostSharon, HostDennis and Poker Room Manager Tim. We paid six places, with 7th place taking home a Barona beach chair as a bubble bustout gift. When the tournament got down to six players, all agreed to an even chop despite some wide variance in chip stacks.

The tournament was so popular that we’ve decided to bring it back next month! Please tell your friends, and bring a friend to our next Meet the Hosts on September 10 at 6:30pm.



WSOP Matt Shihadeh update:

Posted in Uncategorized on July 11, 2014 by baronaonlinepoker

Matt Shihadeh has finished his WSOP Main Event run in 345th place.  He has won $33,734 and is thrilled.  He has no hand regrets and played fantastic poker through out the event.


Great job Matt!  We are proud to have had you on our MEM 2014 team!