After its huge success last year as one of the most popular events alongside the World Series, the Venetian is bringing back their Deep Stack Extravaganza twice in 2008, giving players more chips and more tourney play for their money.

The Deep Stack Extravaganza I and II, which ran last year as an alternative to the WSOP, wowed the poker world by bringing together over 19,000 players and accumulating over $10 million in prize money. Kathy Raymond, director of poker operations for The Venetian, was overwhelmed by the demand for another Deep Stack: “We received tremendous feedback from the players regarding the Deep Stack tournaments,” she said. “With the amount of phone calls and emails we received everyday requesting the return of the tournament, we knew it was only right to bring the tournament back as an annual series."

The now annual series will be played in February and June, with buy-ins ranging from $300 to $1,000 which will translate to between $6,000 and $10,000 in starting chips. Games will include No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha 8 or Better and H.O.R.S.E.

Raymond is excited and confident about the success of the upcoming 2008 DSE: “We are thrilled to be bringing back the Deep Stack Extravaganza as a full-fledged series with two annual tournaments a year and giving players the opportunity to experience great tournament formats run by a very knowledgeable and friendly staff. With lower buy-ins, larger chip counts, more play and great blind structures and our luxurious, spacious, and exquisitely decorated poker room, these tournaments are like no other in Vegas.”

The very reasonably priced Deep Stack will be made even more accessible through daily satellites to all the main events. For more information visit .

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