Planet Hollywood goes Goliath for poker

May 17, 2016 3:00 AM


Green Vally RanchPlanet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s “Phamous Poker Series Goliath” returns, May 26 through July 10. This year’s series will top last year’s event with more than $8 million up for grabs across 115 events.

Last year’s inaugural series awarded more than $7.8 million in prize money. In its maiden launch, Phamous Poker Series Goliath had more than 26,000 entrants from around the world. Goliath will feature a more diversified offering of events with 12 non-hold‘em tournaments, two team tournaments, multiple short-handed tournaments, two Quantum Tournaments, ININJA World Championship, Ladies International Poker Series, Exposed Hold’em hosted by Dutch Boyd and five charitable events.

The Main Event takes place July 7-10 and features a $2 million guaranteed prize pool for $1,650. Also featured are 19 events with prize pool guarantees of $100,000 or greater plus improved starting stacks and blind lengths.

“Phamous Poker Series Goliath offers something for everyone to enjoy,” says Planet Hollywood poker room manager and creator of the Phamous Poker Series, Chris Gawlik. “Recreational, grinders and professional poker players will have a wonderful time at Planet Hollywood this summer!”

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For sponsorship opportunities and vendor booths contact Chris Gawlik via email

Station Casinos

There is a month-long fundraising effort to raise awareness and funds for homeless veterans and their families who reside at Veterans Village located in downtown Las Vegas. Proceeds raised throughout May will benefit Southern Nevada’s only 24/7 crisis intervention and housing facility that cares for our local homeless veterans and their families.

In 2015, Month of Honor raised $58,000 for Veterans Village. Through May 31, Station Casinos properties and venues, including the cafes, casino bars, bingo rooms, bowling alleys and gaming areas including designated blackjack and poker tables will be themed patriotic to signify where the company will donate a portion of its proceeds and gaming winnings. Month of Honor includes Poker Goes Patriotic.

Poker tables at Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station and Palace Station will have a designated “patriotic” table in May where a portion of the rake will be donated to the charity. Properties that offer blackjack tables have a designated “patriotic” table where a portion of the gaming winnings will be donated to the charity. Table felts were donated by gaming partner GPI.

Additional ways to participate are found throughout each property. For more information, visit


Poker Room Manager James Labelle informs us the next scheduled Preferred Players Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 11. More details will be available soon.

Good luck and may the “nuts” be with you!

H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 21-year resident of Las Vegas. Email: