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The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is coming up soon at Rio, Las Vegas and adding to the never-to-sleep dazzle and lights of Vegas are numerous tournaments and side events that will set the mood in different casinos across Vegas.
While the WSOP will feature an astonishing 78 bracelet events and a number of smaller, daily tournaments, cash games and satellites that begin from May 29 and will carry on till July 17 – with the Main Event starting on July 2 to the final table being played over two days from July 12 instead of being held for 9 days in November- there’s so much more on offer at Vegas than these.
Indeed a summer trip to Vegas is not just about the WSOP that is hosted inside the grand interiors of the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. The Vegas saga is incomplete if you fail to hop onto the other iconic and popular casinos and try your hand at the poker tournaments being hosted by them! It goes without saying that with stiff competition, a long format and a player field that becomes increasingly saturated with professional players as the tournaments progress, WSOP may not always be the most preferred tournament series for beginners or amateurs to compete in.
Even for professional players, the WSOP can be a tough nut to crack which is why these value tournaments being run in other casinos offer them a good opportunity to compete in and refill their bankrolls. These tournaments are relatively softer, have a smaller buy-in than WSOP bracelet events and many are held on days when there’s not much happening at WSOP. It all just fits in perfectly for Indian players to experience the exciting buzz of these tourneys. In the past, Team India has done exceedingly well in the WSOP as well as these side tournaments.
We bring you a featured update on what Vegas has to offer this summer in addition to the WSOP, and a detailed schedule of events that will be hosted at some of the oldest and the most legendary casinos in Las Vegas.
The ARIA is one of the biggest casinos in Vegas and has a spectacular poker room with 24 tables. The casino organizes mid-stake and low-stake games, high-roller series with different buy-ins and regular tournaments.
This summer the ARIA will be hosting the 2018 ARIA Poker Classic from May 26 to July 8. A hugely popular tournament, the Poker Classic will host its popular No Limit Hold ‘em events, a WPT 500 event with $570 buy-in and 9 starting flights, several mixed games including the Limit Omaha 8/B, PLO8, H.O.R.S.E., Pot-Limit Omaha etc, with a few bigger buy-in events thrown in.Look out for the three 2-day $1,100 No Limit Hold ‘Em events, $300 Ladies event and the $470 Seniors events.
The ARIA Summer High Roller Series offers players looking for high-stakes tournaments outside of WSOP various events with buy-ins of $25,000, $10,000 and the star event, Aria Super Higher Roller $100,000 NLHE.
With a 28-table grand poker room Wynn is famed for it’s No Limit Hold ‘em games with higher caps to their buy-ins in comparison to other poker rooms. The Wynn Summer Classic Tournament Series showcasing 38 events will run alongside WSOP from June 1. A number of tournaments including two $1,100 events with a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize-pool, two senior events, three super satellite events and Pot-Limit Omaha tournament will be hosted. The Wynn Summer Classic Main Event is a $1.5 Million guaranteed event with a $1,600 buy-in and runs from July 9-13.
Venetian, the casino with the largest poker room in Vegas features 37 poker tables and is famous for the DeepStack Extravaganza (DSE) III that will run this year from May 14 through July 29.
Such is the crowd pulling popularity of the Venetian that after the early events of DSE are held, tournaments will be held at The Sands on May 26, and moved back to the Venetian only later, after July 7.
The DeepStack Extravanganza III 2018 is hosting 150 events, a big jump from the previous year’s count of 110 events. The series will bring highlights like the $1,100 NLHE Summer Kick Off, $600, NLHE SuperStack, $1,600 Pot-Limit Omaha MonsterStack 8-Max and the $5,000 Card Player Poker Tour Event. There are many more attractive tournaments to play in.
Golden Nugget, one of the oldest casinos in the ‘Sin city’ that has been featured in Hollywood flicks like ‘Smoking Aces’ and ‘Next’ will be hosting the 11th edition of the Grand Poker Series (GPS) concurrently with the WSOP. GPS 2018 will feature tournaments similar to WSOP but with different buy-ins. The GPS events are softer and witness participation from a large number of recreational players.
Popular highlights of GPS 2018 will be the $570 Main Event that will be held from June 29-July 1. The Main Event carries a $500,000 guarantee.
Every summer as the WSOP runs in the Rio, the Planet Hollywood hosts its own tournament series with an impressive run up of attractive poker tournaments. The Goliath Phamous Poker Series 2018 will begin on May 24 and continue till July 15. Really, the tournament series has something on offer for every kind of player. The buy-in ranges from $100 up to $2,200. The Goliath Phamous Main Event for 2018 will be carrying a guaranteed $2 million prize pool. Another star event, the Goliath Milly carries a $1 Million guarantee.
Players can also catch the regular, daily tournaments with a low buy-in, of $80 and a daily Bounty Turbo tournament with $130 buy-in.
Binions is a long-standing historical landmark in the Casino-scape of Las Vegas and has been at one time the venue for WSOP. With a year-round schedule full of tournaments this iconic casino comes alive during WSOP with its own roster of poker tournaments, the Dogs Days of Summer that starts from June 1 and will continue till July 1, 2018. The tournament series will feature the Dogs Days of Summer $1,000 Main Event, which will start on June 12.
Apart from the top tournament series that will be playing concurrently with WSOP there are some great casinos to check out at Las Vegas. The Bellagio is a premier casino, and home to the legendary ‘Bobby’s room’ that is a nosebleed stake room and has the widest range of Limit and No-Limit games and an occasional 7-card stud game.
Caesar’s Place is one bustling place great for a fun evening playing poker. Currently Caesar’s place has 18 poker tables and offers dealer’s choice games in addition to four daily games, with plans to expand to 22 tables soon. The Mirage was once a premier room and is still popular with the tourists. It’s very well organized and crowded place with lot of action and boasts of the best no-limit games in Vegas on weekends or special events.
When in Vegas, add a visit to the Orleans to your bucket list. A club that is quite a rage among locals with its well-run poker room, the Orleans mainly offers limit games, particularly the low limit hold ‘em and Omaha 8 games.
The action at the poker tables in Vegas never really stops, and as millions of poker players reach the ‘Sin City’ to realize their dreams and compete at WSOP, the poker rooms across dozens of casinos in the city are gearing up with equal fervor to offer them an experience unparalleled in terms of energy and competitive spirit. It’s an experience not to be missed!
After romping the show in WSOP last year with two bracelet wins and a number of cashes and deep runs at various events, the Indian challengers are preparing to take on global competition in poker at WSOP again. The largest ever Indian contingent will soon reach Vegas and jump into the WSOP 2018 grind. We will be bringing daily WSOP updates for you, so watch this space and catch more WSOP action in the coming weeks!