Binion’s’ back!

May 8, 2006 12:28 AM

Well, the Horseshoe is gone (at least the name and original owner), and Harrah’s now runs the World Series of Poker, but this week tournament action returns to Binion’s in the form of the American Poker Player Championship.

The tournament, which will feature 29 individual events culminating in the $5,000 buy-in championship main event, will be held from May 10 through May 24.

The tournament is being co-sponsored by Omni Media & Entertainment, publisher of American Poker Player magaizne.

"The American Poker Player Championship is a response to the tremendous popularity of poker in America today," said Omni President Cary Davis. "We are proud to provide this new venue and anticipate great success because it will be a multi-event tournament, with cash prizes in each event, and the main event will be an affordable $5,000 buy-in championship."

Davis added that the tourney has already added a Ladies No Limit Hold’em event, as well as a Gamblers Golf Tournament at Las Vegas National Golf Club.

The addition of a Ladies Tournament should be welcome news for tournament co-host Susie Isaacs, who won back-to-back Ladies championships in 1996 and 1997 at the World Series.

Susie will provide expert play-by-play commentary, and she will be joined by co-host Tom McEvoy, who won the World Series championship event in 1983. Tom, in fact, made history when he won his $10,000 seat in the World Series after entering a satellite tournament. He parlayed that win into the WSOP Championship and became the first player to win from a satellite seat. Tom has since won an additional three bracelets at the WSOP.

In addition to the Ladies event, the golf tournament is a innovative touch.

The Gambler’s Golf Tournament will be held on May 17 and Binion’s will provide bus service for participants. Entry fee for the 18 hole event will be $300 (limited to 144 entrants), and will include breakfast, golf cart, green fees, complimentary beverages during play, and an award ceremonies luncheon after the golf tournament in which a possible prize pool of $25,000 will be awarded to the top finishers.

Even though this is a new tournament, there should be plenty of entries, especially in light of the skyrocketing popularity of poker.

Plus, its schedule doesn’t conflict with Harrah’s World Series, so tourney players will have additional games to hone their skills.

Moreover, there are plenty of events with buy-ins in the $300 to $500 range, making it an easy entry for players who might not be up to the higher stakes tourneys.

The range of events include No Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Pot Limit Omaha, Limit Hold’em, Seven Card Stud, and several satellites. There will be 29 events held over the course of 15 days, with buy-ins ranging from $300 to the $5000 Championship Event.

"The response to Binion’s American Poker Player Championship is exceeding our expectations, and we are especially pleased to have so many talented poker players entering the field of competition," David said. "The American Poker Player Championship is going to be a highly competitive event where amateur, professional, and former WSOP champion poker players will match their skills in hopes of winning the first American Poker Player Championship."

You can get a schedule of events and other information at the tourney’s web site: americanpokerplayerchampionship.com.