Golden Nugget ups the ante for local poker fans

Nov 25, 2008 5:01 PM

The Inside Straight by Joe Awada |

There have been some nice things happening in downtown Las Vegas, pretty much the birthplace of poker in Las Vegas, such as the expansion and renovation of the poker room at Binion’s.

Not to be outdone, the Golden Nugget across Fremont Street has announced several projects to appeal to poker players, from beginner to expert.

First, the Golden Nugget has signed on to become the host casino for the World Poker Tour’s Boot Camp, a special two- or three-day poker training session designed to give attendees the knowledge and tools to compete at poker’s highest levels.

The WPT Boot Camps are open to all players and feature an integrated curriculum that includes live lectures, hands-on play, archived footage from WPT tourneys and an all-star staff of instructors that include Mike Sexton, Linda Johnson, T.J. Cloutier, Mark Seif and Clonie Gowen.

The first WPT Boot Camp on Jan. 24-25 is a two-day affair focusing on tournament play.

Upcoming Boot Camps planned for the Golden Nugget include a Cash Edition, March 7-9, and a three-day camp on May 23-25.

In addition to the Boot Camps, the Golden Nugget has partnered with GSN (Game Show Network) to host the fifth season of High Stakes Poker on Dec. 19-21. The action will take place in The Grand ballroom.

The upcoming season’s minimum buy-in is $200,000, making for compelling cash games.

Later this week, the Golden Nugget will host its Grand Fall Classic Poker Series, Nov. 24-30, which will feature more than 30 tables of non-Hold’em daily tournaments, including Omaha, Pot Limit Omaha, HORSE and a new Mixed Games event with favorites like 2-7 Triple Draw, 7 Stud High/Low and Crazy Pineapple.

Each tournament is a trophy event and begins at noon, daily, with buy-ins of $230. Each features an 8,000 starting chip stack with 2,000 additional chips available for only $10 more at registration.