Vegas Poker

Mar 30, 2010 7:10 AM

There’s a lot happening in Las Vegas poker rooms, which feature several multi-event tournaments and special events.

The Venetian on April 13 features its fourth annual Jennifer Harmon Charity Poker Tournament that benefits the Nevada SPCA.

The tournament gives participants a chance to mingle with top poker pros and Hollywood celebrities, with proceeds benefiting the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The $300/$30 buy-in is a No Limit Hold’em tournament that features a grand prize of a $10,000 seat in the World Series of Poker and a Curtis & Company watch. The top 10 finishers will be awarded prizes that have a combined value of $30,000.

Confirmed celebrities for the tournament include Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasim"), Dennis Haskins ("Saved by the Bell"), Lou Diamond Phillips, modern artist Michael Godard and ESPN commentator Lon McEachern.

Poker pros expected to attend include Marco Traniello, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, Hoyt Corkins, Andy Bloch, Chau Giang, David Chesnoff, Lacey Jones, Jeff Madsen, Erica Schoenberg, David Singer and Lee Watkinson.

FIVE STAR CLASSIC

On Tuesday, the Bellagio kicks off its eighth annual Five Star World Poker Classic, which features the World Poker Tour championship event beginning on April 18.

The Classic features 17 other events, which include two pot limit Omaha events, with buy-ins of $1,000/$80. The WPT championship has a buy-in of $25,000/$500, with several satellites and super satellites leading up to it.

WSOP CIRCUIT

Caesars Palace on April 14 kicks off its World Series of Poker Circuit event. The tournament features 17 events, plus the WSOP Circuit championship beginning on April 27.

Most of the events leading up to the Circuit event are No Limit Hold’em affairs, with a Ladies only event scheduled for April 20, as well as a pot limit Omaha event on April 22. Buy-ins range from $230 to $1,080, with the championship event commanding a $5,000/$150 entry.

For its regular customers, Caesars’ poker room has announced a new daily tournament schedule. For the 9 a.m., 3 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. tournaments, the buy-in is $65.

The noon tournaments have a buy-in of $80, while the 7 p.m. tourneys have a $150 buy-in. Saturday’s 2 p.m. tournament is now $225.

Down the street, Wynn Las Vegas has also announced a new daily tournament schedule, which now features lower buy-ins of $100/$20. The previous buy-in was $200.

The Wynn poker room schedule includes No Limit Hold’em on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with Limit Omaha high/low on Wednesday and H.O.R.S.E. on Sunday.

All tournaments start at noon.