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Satellites set coursefor Venetian finish

Oct 9, 2007 1:35 AM

Are you ready for some tournament poker? One of my favorite poker rooms in Las Vegas, the Venetian, has introduced a series of weekly super satellites leading up to the 2007 National Poker League (NPL) Open in November.

The $2,500 events will provide an opportunity for all poker players, regardless of their level of play, to win a seat at an NPL televised final table.

The action began last Saturday at the Venetian poker room, which will play host to a series of $100 + $15 super satellites with unlimited re-buys for the first four levels. The satellites will continue every Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m., and will run up to the beginning of the fourth $2,500 event.

The National Poker League’s 2007 Vegas Open will host a series of various buy-in events, which will be played out from Nov. 24 through Dec. 5.

In much the same tradition of turning rookies into professionals and parlaying dollars into millions, the National Poker League has partnered with the Venetian to offer players a series of weekly land based super satellites for the NPL Vegas Open.

"With everything on the line and the potential for immense wealth and unrivaled stardom, it is not only our privilege to offer players a more cost effective alternative to playing in the Vegas Open and perhaps making a TV final table, but it is also essential to the NPL’s core mission," says Sam Riddle, president of television for the NPL.

The National Poker League is the first organization of its kind to venture outside of traditional boundaries by instituting the world’s first intercontinental tournament circuit.

With 26 one-hour television episodes being filmed in high definition and broadcast throughout the world, the NPL World Circuit Tour wraps up its season with the Open in Las Vegas.

"We’ve traveled great distances in our quest to bring the world’s first international tournament circuit to a global stage — it has been a long and exciting journey, but everyone is looking forward to coming home in December," said Robert Huxley, vice president of Poker Operations for the NPL. "I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again —The NPL has a great home, and our home is the Venetian."

As noted, the Venetian is one of my favorite Las Vegas poker rooms. Kathy Raymond has done a superb job in creating a first class poker room, that is at once among the largest in town, but also one of the most luxurious. The staff is first rate, friendly and attentive to players’ needs.

Since the room was opened last year, it has become a favorite venue of choice for poker players who demand the utmost quality and expect nothing short of an ideal poker experience.

For details about the tournament, check out the NPL’s website at and the Venetian website at

For those who are unfamiliar with the National Poker League (NPL), it is a media-focused company that has created poker tournaments and poker related content for worldwide distribution. NPL does not own or operate any online gambling sites. NPL is a division of New Vision Media Corp., a Nevada Corporation with administrative offices in Los Angeles.

Previous tournaments on the tour have been held in Europe, Australia and Asia, to name just a few venues.