Impressive Casino List In Store For World Series of Poker

Impressive Casino List In Store For World Series of Poker

The World Series of Poker is just a month away now and the number of casinos that have announced a series of tournaments which will run concurrently is both long and impressive.

The Venetian, Orleans, Wynn, Golden Nugget, Aria, Binions and Planet Hollywood are other venues set to cash-in on the armada of visiting players during the summer.

The Wynne have put a minimum $100,000 guarantee on all but one of their events which make up the Summer Classic (May 30 – July 16).

Headline events, such as two No Limit Hold’em tournaments with a 1,100 and 1,600 entry, have guarantees of 1.5 million and 2 million. There’s also a 500,000 surety on a 1,100 entry Omaha competition.

Not to be outdone, the Venetian’s Deep Stack Championship Poker Series, which is made-up of 116 events over 10 weeks, has 24 million in guarantees headlined by a pair of 3 million guaranteed Hold’em tournaments which also demand 1,100 and 1,600 entry fees.

The timing of these and other major tournament series’ across Vegas comes at a fascinating time as the future of the WSOP at its current base, the Rio Hotel & Casino, appears to be in some doubt.

Debt-ridden Caesars Entertainment recently announced it would initiate a sales process to address their financial crisis and despite owning and operating over 50 casinos and hotels, analysts believe the Rio could be one of its first assets to be culled.

Caesars Entertainment also own the World Series of Poker as an entity so, potentially, it too could be placed on the open market.

Irish Poker Open 2019 Results

The 2019 Irish Poker Open, staged over the Easter weekend, almost doubled its €1 million guarantee courtesy of a 1,807 player/entry field.

The winner’s prize was €300,000 which went to Chinese national (but Irish resident) Weijie ‘Jervi’ Zheng. He beat off Dublin’s Dave Masters heads-up in a one hand shootout where pocket 6’s were not good enough to overcome ‘Jervi’s’ J-K.

Other finalists included Thomas Gallagher (collecting €125,000), Raymond Wheatley (€85,000), Sami Agel (€63,520), David Crilly (€50,000), and in-form Max Silver (€37,500) and Seamus Cahill (€27,500).

And while Weijie ‘Jervi’ Zheng deserves the plaudits for bossing the final table which he began as clear chip leader (with a 16,970,000 stack), Masters’ performance was exceptional as he began the final day with just 2,905,000 in chips.

Party Time for PLO Players

Partypoker has announced an Omaha series which will start this Sunday and runs for a week.

It will consist of a whopping 160 tournaments with buy-ins ranging between 11 and 530.

There are four event staking tiers: Low, Medium, High, High Roller and three tournament variants: PLO, PLO8 and PKO (otherwise known as a ‘bounty tournament’).

The series features a sum-total of $2 million in guarantees with the four €530 entry events having the highest guaranteed purse of $50,000 apiece.

History Made in Rozvadov

History was made in Europe last weekend when a field of 6,368 entries played the Czech Poker Masters at the King’s Resort Live in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

Close to the Czech-German-border, King’s Resort Live is one of poker’s biggest success stories during the past five years.

Only a 90-minute drive from Prague and a two-hour drive from Munich, King’s Resort Live houses Europe’s largest poker room with 160 tables and it has played host to every imaginable poker tour including the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) in 2017 when 30,000 individual players visited the event.

That series is now a permanent fixture on their calendar.

I digress… the latest colossal tournament at King’s Resort featured 4,593 unique/individual players with 1,775 re-entries. But with the entry fee set at just €110 it generated a €605,245 prize pool.

The three remaining players elected to chop the lion’s share at the final table with German Marius Mikalauskas taking the outright winner’s trophy and €68,570.

Financially Michael Dajc fared better netting €70,350 and Minator Alushaj took home €61,070.


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