While the big news in Vegas right now is all about the World Series Of Poker’s tournament events running in the Rio’s Convention Center right now, there is some amazing action happening in the Pavilion Room as well.
The Pavilion Room is the Rio’s Poker Room and the live games cranking up this year beat anything the Rio has ever offered. For the first time in the Pavilions’ history cash games as big as $1,000-$2,000-$4,000 Pot-Limit Omaha are being spread. Not only are the games attracting some of the most famous faces in poker, but a mysterious stranger from Texas purportedly to be a contractor is in the mix, is reportedly staying up for three straight days ramming and jamming.
Another competitor in the live arena for nose bleed stakes was poker pro Ashton "theASHMAN103" Griffin, who has won millions of dollars playing mostly online in recent years. Updating his Twitter feeds Griffin admitted he has been “extremely hot,” winning the second largest pot of his career this week. Sitting in a game where several pots have been over $500,000 and being on a hot streak is every poker players dream and it seemed to come true for Griffin, who, according to his Tweet, raised a pot to $25,000 with 5-6-7-8. The mystery man from Texas, who had supposedly been up for 72 straight hours playing in the game, was the only taker. After the 4-3-2 flop, the Texan checked and Griffin bet $38,000 into the $53,000 pot and promptly got check raised. Griffin shoved and discovered he was facing A-3-2-X. In a very surprising move, both players chose to only run it once instead of twice and Griffin’s hand held up see him scoop up $550,000.
One of the massive live games running last weekend was a Pot-Limit Omaha game with over $1.5 million in chips on the table. Gathered around the table was; the sleepless Texan, Rick Solomn, David Benefield, Kido Pham, Pat Madden and Andrew Robl. Solomon bought it in for $50,000 and playing his first hand, got all his chips in the pot with Q- Q- 9- 9 on the flop which was 8-7-2. Solomon asked Benefield how many times he wanted to run it and Benefield said “as many times as possible,” showing confidence in his A-K-J-2. They decided to run it four times with Benefield being the winner on all four boards.
While millions of dollars is changing hands and creating instant millionaires, on the flip side are the losers, who according to high stakes player Randy Dorfman, are headed by poker pro Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan. Helping off set his losses in the live games, Dwan cashed for $67,436 in the $25,000 Heads-up No Limit Hold'em Championship, where he busted on Day 2 against Gus Hansen. Rumor has it his tournament win doesn’t come close to covering what he has lost playing live, but with many more WSOP events ahead; he still has a chance to recoup his live play losses.
Both well known pros and unknowns are flocking to these live games, keeping waiting lists full and one reason is that the Rio is giving players such a good deal on the rake. Nowhere else right now can you play for the biggest nosebleed stakes in Vegas for just $18 per hour. Couple that with the massive amount of displaced online players looking for some action - and these live games in the Pavilion Room are likely to stay full throughout the WSOP.
Still Time to Win Your WSOP Trip
If you are still looking for a way to get to the WSOP this year, PKR Poker has your ticket.
The final PKR World Series Experience satellite takes place Wednesday, June 15th at 18:20 GMT with a $215 direct buy. There are also several ways to satellite in and the satellites are running around the clock, like the $4,200 World Series Experience package WSOP Vegas Nights event for $22 each night at 21:10 GMT.
Once in Vegas, winners can soak up some sun at the Wet Republic ‘F*** Me I’m Famous’ event on Sunday, July 3rd at the official venue of the 2011 PKR World Series Experience pool party, the MGM Grand. WSOP experience qualifiers will be rewarded with full VIP treatment in three exclusive Deluxe Cabanas with free food and drinks and full table service. Taking place every Sunday, the ‘F*** Me I’m Famous’ event boasts the biggest DJ’s in the world hosted by David Guetta who has recently enjoyed chart success collaborating with the likes of Rhianna wil.i.am, Akon, Kelly Rowland, and Kid Cudi.
Commenting on the event, PKR Community Manager Daniel Grant said “We really have pulled out all of the stops for the World Series this year. If players weren’t already blown away by the prospect of staying at the Cosmopolitan, partying at the Bellagio and playing in the WSOP, then I can promise each and every one of them that they will have one of the best days of their lives dancing the day away at Wet Republic.”