by David Stratton | As the World Series of Poker captures global attention over the next six weeks, Binions Gambling Hall will host a "parallel universe" version of the legendary tournament, the Second Annual Binions Poker Classic.
Binions Poker Classic will feature 43 poker events, beginning Wednesday, May 28, and continuing through July 8.
"In general, we are about one-tenth of the buy-in at the World Series of Poker events at the Rio," said Glenn Casale, Binions director of casino operations. "We want to make our games accessible to a wide audience. Since poker is such an important part of Binions history, we want to make sure we honor our players with excellent events."
The Classic will feature virtually all the games that the World Series will offer: No Limit Texas Holdem, Pot Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better, Razz, H.O.R.S.E. and Seven Card Stud.
Overall, there will be 14 different games offered, including a Ladies, Seniors and two Casino Employee events.
In addition, there will be a championship event scheduled for July 7-8, coinciding with the WSOPs championship event.
"The Poker Classic will offer professionals, amateurs and fans plenty of opportunity to test their skills, win some money and enjoy the experience of tournament play," Casale said.
In last years inaugural Poker Classic, nearly 8,500 players participated. Tournament officials expect the number to increase this year.
"Through the years, Binions has built a great relationship with our poker players, and they dont hesitate to let us know how they feel the good and the bad," said Jennifer Campbell, poker room manager. "There was a lot of demand for a higher profile championship event, which weve added this year."
The championship event has the highest buy-in of the Poker Classic at $2,000. Some of the preliminary events have buy-ins as low as $100, while most fall within the $150-$300 range; there are also a couple of $500 events and one $1,000 event.
Super satellites with buy-ins ranging from $40 to $200 will be available to players who want to win their way into an event.
To participate in any of the events, players simply register the day of the event. For No Limit Holdem Events (there are a total of 24 of them), registration opens three hours prior to the start time.
For all other games, registration opens two hours ahead of the start time.
For a complete schedule of Binions Poker Classic events, including starting times and buy-ins click on schedule icon.