Palazzo hosts global $10M baccarat championship
September 22, 2015 3:08 AM
by H. Scot Krause
The Annual Grand Dragon Master Baccarat Championship with a total global prize pool worth over $10 million kicks off the Las Vegas leg of the competition on Oct. 2, at The Palazzo.
The global championship spans Las Vegas Sands properties in Macao and Singapore. It provides baccarat enthusiasts the ultimate tournament experience.
Las Vegas players can compete for a portion of a $1.6 million prize pool over three tournaments – the $280,000 Golden Dragon Baccarat Tournament, the $350,000 Ruby Dragon and the invitation-only $1 Million Royal Dragon – all culminating in the Global Final to be held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore in March 2016.
The $280,000 Golden Dragon tourney takes place from Oct. 2-5 and Oct. 9-12. It features a $35,000 daily cash prize pool. All Grazie members receive one free tournament entry per day. Unlimited re-buys can be made for $50. The top three daily winners in the event will automatically advance to the semifinals of the Ruby Dragon, which offers a $350,000 cash prize pool with daily prize pools of $75,000.
Preliminaries take place Oct. 16-17. All Grazie members will receive one free tournament entry per day, and unlimited re-buys can be made for $150. The top six daily winners will advance to the semifinal round on Oct. 18, where the top six finishers will receive one complimentary entry each to the semifinals of the invite-only Royal on Nov. 7.
In addition to sharing in a $1 million promotional chip prize pool, the top three finishers in the Royal will advance to the Global Final in Singapore. Each advancer will receive round-trip transportation, accommodations at Marina Bay Sands along with a food and beverage allowance for the player and guest. In addition, each advancer will receive one complimentary entry to the semi-finals.
The traditional table game of baccarat has taken on a new level of popularity with American audiences. The Venetian and Palazzo have taken strides to make the game much more accessible to players with traditional tables available from only a $25 minimum bet, as well as the lone Imperial Baccarat on the Strip – a live dealt $5 minimum played on an electronic betting terminal. For more information, visit: venetian.com.
There will be Orient Express Drawings every Saturday in September. Players earn virtual drawing tickets through casino play. Drawings are held at 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Ten names will be randomly selected at both drawings.
All 10 guests will get a chance to play the Express Luggage game to win up to $1,000 in cash at the first drawing and $2,000 at the second drawing. Earn 20 free entries every Friday through Monday and on Wednesdays. Drawing entry multipliers up to 10x can be earned every Tuesday and Thursday.
Until next week…good luck and good gaming!
H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 21-year resident of Las Vegas. Questions or comments for Scot may be addressed to ScotKrause@GamingToday.com.