It may be too late to jump into the World Series of Poker’s main event, but there certainly isn’t a lack of tournament poker in Las Vegas.
The Bellagio is into its second week of its 2009 Bellagio Cup V, which culminates with the World Poker Tour’s championship event, July 13-19.
In the meantime, Bellagio Cup V features No Limit Hold’em events on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, with buy-ins ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.
The World Poker Tour championship next Monday, which kicks off the WPT’s 2009 tour, has a $15,000 buy-in, but there are super satellite tournaments available daily for just a $1,000 buy-in.
A block away on the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace is wrapping up its month-long Super Mega Stack Series with a championship event of its own. The two-day start is on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 7-8), with a buy-in of $1,060.
For those with a more limited bankroll, Binion’s Gambling Hall in downtown Las Vegas this week hosts the championship event for its third annual Binion’s Poker Classic, on Tuesday and Wednesday as well.
A total of 44 different events were contested, leading up to the $1,000 buy-in main event.
Generally, the buy-ins were about one-tenth of those at the WSOP, making the events attractive to newcomers and those with a limited bankroll.
"The players appreciate Binion’s highly qualified staff and the very reasonable buy-ins, especially when it helps build their bankroll," said Brad Thomte, Binion’s tournament director.
Finally, for those who don’t want to risk anything while playing the game they love, there’s still time to win a free seat in the $30,000 NLOP Players Championship poker tournament, which will be held at the Hard Rock hotel & casino in Las Vegas, July 31-Aug. 2.
Qualifying tournaments, which are free to enter, are held online at NLOP.com, which can be accessed by clicking here.
For those who win their way into the Hard Rock finale it will be a chance to battle it out for a share of $30,000 in cash and prizes. First place is worth $20,000 in cash.
In addition to winning a seat in the Hard Rock live tournament, online players will compete for roundtrip airfare to Las Vegas, hotel accommodations, After Party passes and $500 in spending cash.
Plus, online players will have a chance to meet, compete and beat all their NLOP friends they’ve gotten to know only as cryptic screen names on their computer.
The Hard Rock event will also feature a meet-and-greet with "The Ambassador of Poker" Mike Sexton, and an After Party at the Hard Rock’s Wasted Space Nightclub, which will feature an open bar and dinner party.
Signing up and playing is free in the gamingtoday.com poker room, though all players must be at least 18 or older.
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