In Las Vegas, there’s a poker tournament every hour of the day, sometimes two. News of the tournament can be found online at https://koinqq.com as well, where players actively discuss strategies about the game. It doesn’t matter if it’s one o’clock in the afternoon or three o’clock in the morning, there is always poker action in the city that never sleeps.
So you’re coming to Vegas to try your hand at some tournaments. You have hopes and dreams of someday taking down the World Series of Poker at the Rio. But for now, the ten thousand dollar buy in is just above your bankroll. With so many tourney’s in Vegas, how do you decide which to play? Start off by narrowing it down by the buy in. Let’s take a look at the medium buy in events around Sin City.
By medium buy in, I’m refering to the tourneys with buy ins ranging from $200 to $500 dollars. There are tournaments that’ll cost you more – like the Bellagio’s weekly $1000 tourney on Fridays and Saturdays, or one of the tournaments at The Orleans that might set you back $20 bucks. For now, lets review the mid-level tourneys available to you.
One of the more popular tourneys in Vegas takes place at the Wynn Las Vegas. This tourney starts at noon Tuesday through Friday. It’s a $330 dollar buy in every day except for Friday, when it bumps up to $540. The tournament at the Wynn is popular because it attracts a good sized field every day, and also sports a very player friendly structure which allows for plenty of chips and plenty of play. Also – if you happen to bust out of the tourney early, there is always a juicy cash game available of any limit you could want.
Within in walking distance of the Wynn is the Venetian. The Venetian is growing a reputation as one of the best tournament rooms in town. They regularly hold a series of tournaments which they call their Deep Stack Extravaganza. These tourneys sport medium buy ins with a ton of chips (10,000) and large fields. It’s like the World Seris of Poker for everybody that can’t afford the real thing. Besides these regular tournament series that they hold, the Venetian sponsors daily tournaments based on their deep stack formula. Every day of the week at noon the Venetian holds a deep stack tourney which run $330 Sunday through Thursday, and $540 on Friday and Saturday. This room never slows down and there is always a satelite available to play in if you don’t want to pay the full buy in.
On the corner of the Strip and Flamingo is Caesars Palace. Caesars has one of the nicest rooms in town. And it’s the only casino in Las Vegas with a poker room that has a separate tournament area with 30 tables dedicated to tournament play. The noon poker tournaments at Caesars are similar to the Venetian’s deep stack events – but have a lower buy in. For 200 dollars, you can play in a large field, deep stack tournament. Caesars noon tourney regularly draws between 150 and 200 poker players. On the weekends, the buy in goes up to $330, but is still slightly smaller than the other mid level tourneys around Vegas.
One of the big complaints about Caesars touneys is that the structure isn’t as friendly as the other tourneys. This is true – but remember, the buy in is lower and they have increased the chip stacks, so the blind levels don’t affect or rush the players as much as they used to.
If you’re debating on whether you should play a mid-level tourney, or perhaps stick to the smaller buy in events, you might want to try Caesars 7 pm tourney. For $150 dollars you get 7500 in chips, and the field is usually between 100 and 150 players. Win that one and you’ll be well on your way to hitting the tournament circuit.