Cards in the air at The Orleans Open

Jul 3, 2006 4:40 AM

While the World Series of Poker at the Rio has captured the attention of the poker-playing world, only a few blocks away The Orleans just kicked off its own annual poker tournament.

The Orleans Open 2006 got underway on Saturday, albeit without all the fanfare of the World Series, but with plenty of enthusiastic and accomplished poker players.

The Orleans Open, in fact, once attracted all the big names in poker, from Doyle Brunson to T.J. Cloutier. But since the World Series has expanded and changed its schedule, it now competes head-to-head with the Orleans Open.

Of course, that probably suits most of the Orleans players just fine! Even though the tournament events are modest by comparison to the WSOP, the Orleans events are competitive with decent prize pools.

The buy-ins at The Orleans Open range from $225 to $540, with the final main event costing $1,050. This compares favorably to the $1,500, $2,500 and $10,000 buy-ins at the WSOP.

Of course, the prize pools aren’t as large, but they’re very good and you don’t have to defeat 2,000 players in order to cash in.

The Orleans also has an attractive satellite system, in which players can win a seat for only $60.

The Orleans Open continues through July 16 and features 17 tournaments, including No Limit Hold’em, Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo, 7 Card Stud, and an Omaha Hi-Lo championship.

Special events include a seniors event and a Ladies event.