Sunday, November 19, 2017

Vegas Poker Scene--November 2017 Ante Up Column

Here's my newest column for Ante Up.   You can find it as part of the West Coast report online here.  


MGM is making a big push to bring back limit and spread-limit to its room by introducing many promos specific to $2-$4, $3-$6 and $4-$8 limit games as well as the $2-$6 spread-limit game. All of these games have a $40 minimum buy-in.
Promos include: 60 for $40: The first 20 players who buy in to a limit game for $40 or more between 9-11 a.m. and play at least two hours receive $20.
Free $50: On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, all players who log a minimum of six hours of limit receive $50. Players may qualify twice a day.
Aces Cracked: Lose with red aces between noon and 2 p.m. and receive $500. Lose with black aces between 4-6 p.m. and receive $500.
Paid parking: Play six hours of limit in a day and receive $12 toward parking.
Kings of the Hill: Hit quads in order (from aces to kings) and receive progressive jackpot that starts at $200. Each week $2,600 is added to the prize pool, spread out over the quads that have not been hit yet. This promo runs daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Cash back: The top 10 players with the most hours in limit games during the month receive cash back, first place is $1K and the minimum prize is $200.
Players receive $2 per hour in comps while playing limit or spread-limit.
Additionally, all limit games are eligible for the room’s other promotions.
ARIA: The $240 tournaments at 11 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays feature the Big Blind Ante format, which was introduced in its high-roller events. The big blind posts an ante for the table, allowing the dealer to get out more hands each level.
“It leads to a higher percentage of hands dealt, which is a better product and value for the players,” tournament director Paul Campbell said. “The response has been overwhelmingly favorable to the point where players are requesting it implemented in all Aria poker tournaments.
Once more poker players experience the benefits of this structure, we believe there will be a push to make this (or something similar) industry standard.”
The purple jacket for winning Aria’s Poker Masters series in September went to Germany’s Steffen Sontheimer, who won two of the five events and final-tabled two others. He won the final $100K event and took home $2.73M. New York’s Bryn Kenney finished second in the series and earned $1.08M while Germany’s Fedor Holz claimed $1.05M for third.
SOUTH POINT: The room is adding progressive guarantees to its tournaments. The 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. $75 tournaments feature a $900 guarantee. For each day the guarantee is met, the guarantee increases by $50. If the guarantee is not met, the next day the guarantee reverts to $900. The $100 6 p.m. Wednesday tourney starts with a $3K guarantee that increases $100 each time the guarantee is met, and resets to $3K after it misses. The $100 6 p.m. Sunday event starts with a $5K guarantee and increases $100 each time it hits.
STRATOSPHERE: The football promo is for three games on Sunday, plus Monday and Thursday night games. The high hand each quarter wins $50.
ORLEANS: For Sunday, Monday and Thursday night football games, as well as the Sunday morning game, seat drawings are held after every score.
Field goals are worth $50, touchdowns by the offense are worth $100 and touchdowns by the defense or special teams are $150. Safeties are worth $150. The table of the drawing winner also gets a $50 splash pot.
For the Monday and Thursday night games, drawings are every 15 minutes for two hours before and two hours after the game to select a random table for a $25 splash pot.
MIRAGE: Random seat drawings are four times per game during Monday, Thursday, Sunday night football games and Sunday morning and afternoon games. The first drawing is $50, second is $75, third is $125 and fourth is $150. The player to the left and to the right to the winner also receives a cash prize.
BELLAGIO: The Five Diamond World Poker Classic is Nov. 24-Dec. 10. The $11,400 main event, which has six playing days, starts Dec. 5. There are four $25K high rollers throughout the series. A $1,100 seniors tournament is Nov. 27, followed by a $1,100 tag-team event Nov. 28.
PLANET HOLLYWOOD: The WSOP Circuit visits Nov. 9-20. The $1,675 main event begins Nov. 16 and has a $1M guarantee. The $2,200 high roller is Nov. 19.
VENETIAN: The next Deep Stack Extravaganza runs Dec. 4-11. A $3,500 event with a $500K guarantee begins Dec. 8.
New Year’s Extravaganza runs Dec. 21-Jan. 7. The biggest event is a $400 Monster Stack with a $250K guarantee. The first of its three starting flights is Dec. 27.The starting stack is 30K and the levels start at 30 minutes and then go to 40 minutes on Day 2.
The main event for DSE 3.5 completed in September with Melvin Wiener of Los Angeles taking home $52K for first. Karel Kratochvil from the Czech Republic earned $32K for second and Oluwashola Akindele from Las Vegas received $23K for third.The event had 188 players and a prize pool of $200K with the Venetian adding $16,700 to meet the guarantee.
SANTA FE STATION: A new weekly $50 Omaha/8 tourney runs Thursdays at 10 a.m.Players start with 6K chips and there’s a single $40 rebuy for 4K chips. The levels are 20 minutes.

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