Every year in June and July, a large number of tourists flock to Las Vegas chiefly because of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the opportunities it gives to meet and interact with some of the world’s best poker players. While some of these tourists love taking part in WSOP tournaments, others are content to watch their friends or favorite players in action.
Poker players who cannot afford to take part in WSOP tournaments need not miss the poker action. Las Vegas is literally brimming with exciting poker events during the summer days, and these non-WSOP events are highly affordable. For instance, the Gold Nugget runs the Grand Poker Series, comprising tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $115 to $1,110. This year, the Grand Poker Series began on June 4, but will be played till July 2. Some of the tournaments begin as early as 10:00 a.m. and continue till 5:00 p.m. The series includes NL Hold’em tournaments, Open Face Chinese poker tournaments, PL Omaha tournaments, and Seven Card Stud tournaments. The $1,110 buy-in Main Event will be played on the noon of July 2.
The Planet Hollywood also runs an annual poker series called the Phamous Poker Series, the fifth edition of which began on June 6. Most of the tournaments in these series are quite affordable, and some of them are the $75 buy-in NL Hold’em tournaments and the $25 buy-in bounty tournaments. Although the larger tournaments have buy-ins of $200, they offer guaranteed prizes of up to $25,000. The Phamous Poker Series, which does not have any Main Event, will conclude on July 6.
The Aria Poker Classic, which is hosted at the Aria, is also worth checking out. The second edition of this exciting series began on June 11 and will conclude on June 30. The buy-ins to the tournaments are in the range of $150 to $340, which makes them very affordable indeed. Players can choose from games such as 2 – 7 Triple Draw, NL Hold’em, PL Omaha, and Open Face Chinese Poker. However, the series lacks a Main Event and guaranteed prizes.
There is no dearth of live poker rooms in Las Vegas. Most hotel casinos, especially The Venetian and The Caesars Palace, hold poker tournaments daily. Players who cannot afford WSOP buy-ins, therefore, need not spend all their time watching WSOP tournaments at the Rio. They can always take part in cheaper tournaments in other Las Vegas hotel casinos.