We have to commend the folks out at the Cannery for their new poker room. It’s modern, comfortable and player-friendly and, with 12 tables, there’s enough room for all the players without feeling like you’re part of a cattle drive.
There’s a nice mix of games that include spreading $2-$4 limit hold’em, $4-$8 limit hold’em and $2-$5 blind no limit hold’em.
The 3,000-square-foot poker room is also a good spot to get your feet wet with tournament play. The tourneys are affordable — the 10 a.m. tournament (Thursday through Sunday) is only $25, while the 7 p.m. tournaments (Monday through Wednesday) is $35.
The Cannery is also sponsoring a tournament that will award a $10,000 seat into the championship event at this year’s World Series of Poker.
Qualifying rounds are currently ongoing, so check with the poker room for details. In a nutshell, 90 players will qualify and play in a freeroll tournament on June 2.
The winner of that tournament will get a free $10,000 seat in WSOP main event, while the eight runner-ups will each receive $500 in cash.
Check your calendar the first week in March, when the exciting National Heads-Up Poker Championship returns to Las Vegas for the third straight year.
A field of 64 of the world’s top players will compete at Caesars Palace in a single-elimination format, which is similar to the March Madness basketball tournament format.
The action on March 1-4 will be taped and later broadcast on NBC (and CNBC) over seven consecutive Sundays in April and May.
If you want to be part of the viewing gallery, arrive at Caesars very early as seats are on a first come, first served basis.
The defending National Heads-Up champ is Ted Forrest, who is expected to be challenged by top pros such as Phil Hellmuth (the 2005 champion), Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Antonio Esfandiari, Sammy Farha, Jamie Gold, Joe Hachem, Jennifer Harmon, Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, Chris Moneymaker, Daniel Negreanu and Greg Raymer, to name a few.