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Non-WSOP Summer Vegas Tournaments

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The World Series of Poker naturally gets a great deal of attention as the summer months approach. Poker players flock to Las Vegas for the WSOP, though not everyone can afford to play in one, much less several, of the events. As usual, Vegas does not disappoint, as a number of casinos in the area have offered up cheaper alternatives in the form of tournament series that fit most players’ budgets.

In the downtown area of the city, there is historic Binion’s, which is hosting the second annual Binion’s Poker Classic from May 28th through July 8th. There are 43 events spread in the 41-day series with everything from hold’em to Omaha, razz to H.O.R.S.E., and seniors-only to ladies-only.

Players will be able to compete in tournaments for as little as $100 or as much as $2000, the latter of which is the no-limit hold’em championship event that begins on July 7th and runs for two days. The main event is also a deep-stack tournament with 25,000 starting stacks. Satellites are available for some of the events, with main event super satellites running on July 5th and 6th for $220, and all of the information can be found at

Also in the downtown area, the Golden Nugget is hosting its first-ever Grand Poker Series. Inspired by the recent mockumentary film, The Grand, the series will be held daily from June 6th to July 5th. Its debut will utilize the space of its new events center called “The Grand” in the casino to give ample space for players and fans.

Buy-ins for the Grand Poker Series are set to range from $225 to $1,080, the highest buy-in belonging to the grand finale that will take place on July 5th and the Montel Williams Poker Tournament for the Benefit of MS (multiple sclerosis) on June 6th. All in all, there will be 30 events with various buy-ins.

On the Las Vegas Strip, one option for Caesars Palace fans is the Mega Stack Series. The first attempt at a deep-stack tournament series at Caesars looks to offer a variety of games, including hold’em and Omaha variations. There will be 43 events in total.

Every day during June, and a few days thereafter, tournaments will be available to the public with buy-ins ranging from $230 to the $1,060 no-limit hold’em championship event on July 7th. In addition, the Caesars daily tournaments that have become so popular with locals and tourists alike will continue to run throughout the series.

Also on the Strip is the Venetian, which has become known for its deep-stack tournaments. The third installment of the Deep Stack Extravaganza series will begin with a casino employees’ event on May 29th and run all the way through the end of the main event on July 16th.

The Venetian has something for nearly every price range - $300 on up to the $5,000 no-limit hold’em championship event – with everything from hold’em to H.O.R.S.E. for the 45 events. The “big one” starts on July 13th, which is a convenient date for anyone who has been eliminated from the WSOP main event but not quite ready to leave Las Vegas for the summer.

Staying on the Strip, the Bellagio will host its fourth annual Bellagio Cup from July 2nd to July 17th. This series starts a bit later than the others and only consists of eight events, but the finale is a big one – a $15,000 buy-in World Poker Tour event, the final table of which will be filmed for the WPT’s seventh season of televised shows.

Every event at the Bellagio Cup is no-limit hold’em, and buy-ins range from $2,000 to $15,000. There will be satellites available, even $1,500 super satellites from July 8th through July 12th for the main event. With the main event beginning on July 11th as the first of two Day 1’s, players who have busted from the WSOP championship can pop over to the Bellagio and enter the WPT tournament.

Lastly, just off the Las Vegas Strip on Tropicana, the Orleans will wrap up the summer with its Orleans Open series. With tournaments running from July 5th through July 20th, buy-ins vary but increase as the series progresses, from $200 in the beginning to $2,000 for the championship event.

Keep in mind that nearly every casino in and around the Las Vegas area has daily tournaments with low buy-ins and regular schedules. Poker rooms in Vegas will be packed with poker players from around the planet, and when they’re not playing in the WSOP events, they will be looking for action and a quick way to build their bankrolls. It is the perfect time of year to be in Vegas, and a great time to accumulate some tournament wins – with or without a bracelet attached.

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