Top casinos join WSOP network

Feb 18, 2003 6:35 AM

The Mohegan Sun, one of the largest casinos on the East Coast, is among the latest to join Binion’s network of World Series of Poker satellites.

"We’ve very excited to add the Mohegan Sun to our network," said George Fisher, Binion’s director of poker operations. "Their casino in Connecticut is among the premier venues in North America."

Also added this week to Binion’s network are the Ameristar casinos in Kansas City and St. Charles, Missouri, the Cosmos Casino in Moscow, Russia, and the Colorado Central Station in Blackhawk, Colorado.

The additions bring the total number of WSOP participating casinos to 47. Fisher has estimated the total could reach 100 or more by the time the World Series of Poker kicks off in mid April.

In addition to conducting satellite tournaments that award seats to the WSOP Championship Event, the satellite casinos also offer a variety of promotions and giveaways that also award seats and other prizes.

Contact the individual casinos or poker rooms for specific details about their satellite and/or promotion (see page 12).

In the meantime, here is a description, courtesy of Steve McDonald, Binion’s WSOP tournament coordinator, of the different types of satellite tournaments being offered.

Single Table Satellites offer players the chance to win a tournament entry by winning a one-table tournament. The winner of a Single Table Satellite receives a tournament entry plus cash. Single Table Satellites for any particular tournament are usually played during the 24-hour period immediately preceding the start of that tournament.

Single Table Satellites for all WSOP events begin on April 14 and will run 24 hours a day until the start of the World Championship Event on May 19.

Double Shootout Satellites are two-tiered satellites that award a $10,000 seat for the World Championship Event to a player who beats out 18 other players, nine at the First Table and nine more at the Final Table. Buy-in is $125 for the First Table. Winners of 10 First Table satellites will return to play against each other at a Final Table. The winner of the Final Table will receive a $10,000 entry into the World Championship Event on Monday, May 19. Double Shootout Satellites are running daily in the Poker Room at Binion’s Horseshoe and will continue through April 12.

Super Satellites are multi-table tournaments offering multiple players the chance to win a $10,000 seat in the World Championship Event. Buy-in is $225, and multiple $200 re-buys are allowed during the first three levels of play. Prize pool money for each Super Satellite is converted into as many $10,000 seats as possible and play ends when there are as many players remaining as there are seats to be awarded. Super Satellites will run daily at Binion’s Horseshoe at 7:30 p.m. between April 9 and April 13, and will run twice daily at 4:00 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. between April 14 and May 18.