Local bars to host free
satellite tournaments

Mar 19, 2007 11:43 PM

World Series of Poker officials announced they are preparing for a record number of players in this year’s $10,000 buy-in championship event.

To get there, they are cultivating a growing legion of satellite tournaments that are being held throughout the country.

In Southern Nevada, a new company, The Tournament Host, has been added to Harrah’s family tree of satellites.

But instead of conducting single-table satellites in live casinos, Tournament Host will be offering them in bars and taverns, such as Screwballs, Home Plate and Buffalo’s, to name a few.

"There are a lot of bar owners who were hit hard by the smoking ban, and they just wanted everyone to know they’re still in business and would like to give something back to the players," said A.J. Berchielli "And what could be better than a free seat into the World Series of Poker."

Since taverns don’t ordinarily have a poker room, Tournament Host has been formed to fill that void. The company will supply the tables, chairs, dealers and chips, as well as organize a series of satellites for 11 weeks beginning April 7.

Berchielli said the satellite’s single table format (10 players at a table) will be conducted over 10 weeks — the quarter finals.

Winners of the quarter-final events will compete in the semi-finals during the 11th week, and the finals during the 12th week in early June.

To sign up, players must contact Tournament Host via one of their ads, such as the one in GamingToday.

There is no buy-in (the tournament is free), and Tournament Host expects to award one $10,000 World Series entry for every 10 bars participating.