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Poker rooms sweeten pot for players

Jan 7, 2008 4:04 AM

In an effort to bring in new players, poker rooms around Las Vegas have debuted a few promotions to sweeten the pot.

At the Venetian, early bird poker players can be rewarded for hitting some big hands.

The Venetian’s Early-Bird High Hands promotion runs from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily or until all the prizes are awarded for that day.

To qualify players must be playing in a limit or no limit hold’em game and use both hole cards to form the "High Hand." Here are the cash bonuses for hitting these great hands:

”¡ Spade royal flush: $2,000

”¡ Heart, diamond and club royal flush: $1,500

”¡ Spade straight flush: $1,250

”¡ Heart, diamond and club straight flush: $1,000

”¡ Any four-of-a-kind: $500

Lucky players can win the bonus more than once and there is no minimum buy-in or pot size for the hand to qualify.

Out at the Suncoast poker room, night owl poker players can get a $100 bonus just for having their pocket aces "cracked." And who among us hasn’t had their aces cracked on multiple occasions!

The promotion is available from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

At the Tuscany poker room, players can get double hours toward its weekly freeroll tournament that takes place every Saturday at 2 p.m.

A minimum of 10 hours is required to qualify, which needs to be earned between midnight Saturday to midnight the next Saturday, and players can come in from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. or 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. to earn double hours.

In the freeroll tourney, players who register 10 hours start with 1,000 chips; 20 hours gets them 2,000 starting chips; and 30 hours is worth 4,000 chips. Players also have the option of buying an extra 5,000 chips for $50. The money for the add-ons is added to the original prize pool, made up of $1 taken from each qualifying cash-game pot.