Poker tourney action heating up

Feb 16, 2010 5:10 PM
by GT Staff |

Wynn set to host Classic next week

Poker tournament action has been hot and heavy in Las Vegas this month, with the Venetian’s Deep Stack Extravaganza in full stride and much more to come.

Next week, Wynn Las Vegas kicks off its annual Wynn Classic tournament, which runs from Feb. 24 to March 17.

Wynn poker director Deborah Giardina and her staff do a tremendous job, and the casino’s poker room is one of the best in the city.

The Wynn Classic features 17 events, with buy-ins ranging from $500 to $5,000. The first five events are No Limit Hold’em events with $500 and $1,000 buy-ins.

Later there will be two Limit Omaha Hi-Lo events (both with $500 buy-ins), a H.O.R.S.E. event ($500 buy-in) and a six-handed No Limit Hold’em event for $1,000.

The finale will be Wynn’s No Limit Hold’em Championship, March 15, with a $5,000 buy-in.

At the Venetian, the Deep Stack Extravaganza continues this week with three No Limit Hold’em events ($300 buy-in each), and concludes with the $5,000 main event, the North American Poker Tour championship, scheduled for Feb. 20-25.

For the first time, online poker operator, PokerStars, will host an event in a Las Vegas casino – the Deep Stack’s main event. The No Limit Hold’em event has a $5,000 buy-in, with Super Satellites available for $200 and $500.

The event is part of PokerStars inaugural North American Poker Tour, which was announced at a PokerStars event at the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island in the Bahamas earlier this year.

The event in the Bahamas was actually the first stop on the North American Poker Tour. After The Venetian, the tour will move to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut later this spring.

PokerStars officials said they hope to add more stops in the U.S. and Canada as the tour grows, but there are no immediate plans to expand the Season One schedule.

The tournament will be filmed by 441 productions, the same production company responsible for the World Series of Poker coverage on ESPN, although the identity of the network that will handle the broadcast has not yet been named.

The poker tournament will be hosted by Joanna Krupa, who is perhaps best known for her stint on "Dancing With the Stars."

Krupa also took part in the PokerStars-sponsored "Million Dollar Challenge," the Fox poker program that was the most widely-watched poker program in history. She, along with Playboy Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole, were just two of the celebrities who squared off against contestants in the heads-up game show format.

It will be interesting to see whether Joanna brings Jayde with her to the Venetian this weekend. Two Playmates are better than one.

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