It is that time of the year. It is time to plan for the summer poker tournament season in Las Vegas. There are five major poker tournaments this summer. That does not take into account the extra action the daily poker tournaments are going to get with the influx of poker players.
The Orleans Open will kick off the summer tournament season. The Orleans Open runs from May 19th through May 27th. All events will start at 2pm. The Orleans Open kicks off with a $225 No Limit Hold’em tournament on May 19th. There will be a total of five NLHE tournaments, three Omaha High/Low and one HORSE tournament. Events are scheduled as two day tournaments. If the past year’s HORSE event structure stays the same, it will be a very long tournament. Buyins range from $225 up to the $540 Main Event on May 27th.
Even though Binions released their Binions Classic tournament schedule two weeks ago, they still have last year’s schedule on their website. The link in the title goes to a Two Plus Two thread with the schedule posted. The Binions Classic will run between May 25th and July 8th. Most events start at noon. This is a change from last year, where most events started at 2pm. There are many events besides No Limit Texas Hold’em. There are several Pot Limit High/Low Omaha tournaments, a Seven Card Stud High/Low tournament and two HORSE events. Some of the NLHE events are 4 max or 6 max. Buyins range from $100-$1000. The nightly tournaments tend to draw large fields after the tournaments so you might want to check those out too.
The Golden Nugget will be running the Grand Poker Series between June 2nd and July 4th. Most days will have two tournaments. Each day will offer a No Limit Hold’em event and a non NLHE event. The non NLHE events include Pot Limit Omaha, Pot Limit Omaha High/Low, 2-7 Triple Draw, Omaha High/Low, Seven Card Stud, Razz, Seven Card Stud High/Low, mixed games and other varieties. Note that the non hold’em events are $194+$46. This is about 24% rake. Most events start at noon, which will conflict with Binions across Fremont Street. Last year the events started two hours apart.
The Venetian Deep Stack will run between May 24th and July 15th. There are at least two events daily at noon and 7pm, with some days also having a 4pm event. Those that enjoy non hold’em games are just about out of luck. There are two $600 HORSE events, two $600 Omaha High/Low events, and a $600 Pot Limit Omaha tournament. All other events are No Limit Hold’em including all noon and 7pm events.
Last, but certainly not least, is the World Series of Poker. The 43rd World Series of Poker will be held at Rio. The event runs from May 27th through July 9th which is the last day 1 for the Main Event. Buyins range from $1000 up to $1,000,000. While there are many No Limit Hold’em events, there are also many Omaha and Stud games. There is also an 8 game and 10 game mix in addition to the typical HORSE events found at most tournaments.
I will probably be playing many of the non hold’em Binions Classic events. Before that, I will hit a couple of the Omaha or HORSE events at the Orleans Open. Hopefully the smaller events continue to draw.