Sunday, April 2, 2017

Vegas Poker Scene--April 2017 Ante Up Column

Here's my newest column for Ante Up.  The link for it on the Ante Up website is here.   Remember, my contribution is embedded in the entire West Coast report.  So below is just my Vegas report.  The magazine should be in your local poker room now.

The $1,600 main event of Venetian’s Deep Stack Extravaganza finished Feb. 24 and saw Terry Fleisher of Las Vegas and Ryan Rogers of Ohio chop for $161K each. Timothy Chang of Las Vegas took third ($90K). The event drew 675 entrants for a $976K prize pool, easily surpassing the $750K guarantee. The latest DSE ends April 16.
The next Weekend Extravaganza runs May 3-7, offering guarantees totaling $235K. The big event is a $340 Double Stack with two starting flights May 5. Players start with a 25K stack and the levels are 40 minutes. The guarantee is $100K.
The DSE III runs May 15-July 23, making it one of the longest tournament series to hit Vegas. There are 110 tournaments. The Venetian guarantees more than $21M in prize money will be awarded.
The series starts May 15 with a $250 buy-in, three-starting flight tournament that has a $125K guarantee.
There’s a $1,100 buy-in two-starting flight tournament that’s part of the Mid-States Poker Tour starting June 5 and offering a $2.5M guarantee.
Two $1,100 SuperStacks (20K chips) are offered. The first one is May 29 and has a $250K guarantee. The second starts July 14 and has a $1.5M guarantee. Levels are 40 minutes. A $1,100 two-day bounty tournament starts July 3 with a $200K guarantee and has $300 bounties.
There’s plenty of action available for those who prefer disciplines other than NLHE. A $400 Omaha/8 event is May 31 with a $20K guarantee. A $600 three-day Omaha/8 tournament starts June 2 and has a $150K guarantee. A two-day, $600 PLO/8 starts June 11 with a $75K guarantee. Big O is June 13-14 with a $600 buy-in and a $75K guarantee.
A $600 PLO bounty event with $200 bounties goes June 15 with a $50K guarantee. A two-day $600 PLO event starts June 19 and offers a $75K guarantee. A one-day $1,100 PLO/8 is June 24 with a $75K guarantee. A $1,100 PLO/8 with two starting flights starts June 30 with a $200K guarantee. A two-day $1,100 PLO-PLO/8-Big O tournament starts July 5 with a $100K guarantee.
A $10K high roller with two starting flights begins June 2. It has a $1M guarantee. A $1,600 event starts the first of its three starting flights on June 19 and features a $2M guarantee. Seniors get their shot June 13 with a $600 event and a $400K guarantee.
June 26 is the first of three starting flights for a $3,500 event with a $3M guarantee. The main event, which has a $5K buy-in and a $2M guarantee, runs the first of its three starting flights July 17.
There are more moderately priced tournaments ($300, $400, $600) throughout the event.
On the cash-game side, the Venetian will run a high-hand promotion April 17-May 11. On Mondays through Thursdays between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m., the room will be giving away $250 every 20 minutes. The room continues to offer a progressive bad-beat jackpot that resets to $50K when hit.
WYNN: The Signature Weekend runs April 20-23. It’s a $600 tournament with three starting flights and has a $250K guarantee. Players start with 15K chips and play 40-minute levels. Satellites begin April 19.
BELLAGIO: Bellagio Cup XIII runs July 13-18. The five-day, $10,400 buy-in event starts July 14. Satellites begin July 13 and are $1,090 buy-ins. The venerable poker room, host to the biggest cash games in Vegas, has started spreading a $9-$18 limit game that is popular. The buy-in is only $100 (no max) and the blinds are $6 and $9.
RIO: Ryan Jones of North Carolina won the main event of the WSOPC for $269K. Muruz Yohannes of Las Vegas took $166K for second and Jeremy Joseph of New York earned $123K for third. The $1,675 buy-in event had nearly 950 entrants for a $1.417M prize pool.
RED ROCK: Long-time Vegas poker veteran Bobby Griffith is the new poker room manager at the busiest room in the Stations chain. Previously, Griffith ran the Palms poker room and recently has been a shift manager at the Orleans and Red Rock. He replaces Forrest Caldwell, who has taken another position in the Stations organization.
SANTA FE STATION: The room offers a $100 tournament on the last Friday of the month. The starting stack is 12K and the levels are 30 minutes. The tournament starts at 6 p.m. and players who register by 5 get an extra 500 chips. As with all Santa Fe tournaments, there is a bad-beat jackpot. The most recent tournament had 126 players.
CAESARS PALACE: The tournament schedule has been revised. At 10 a.m., the buy-in is $100, the starting stack is 12K and the guarantee is $1,500. At 6 p.m., the buy-in is $125 with a 15K stack and a $2K guarantee. At 2 and 9 p.m., the buy-in is $150, the stack is 15K and the guarantee is $2,500. The levels for all tournaments are 20 minutes.

HARD ROCK: The poker room has closed.

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