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Caesars Palace Launches New Winter Poker Classic

Events Include a Satellite into the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship

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The Winter Poker Classic will take place in the Caesars Poker Room.Caesars Palace will debut its new Caesars Winter Poker Classic Tournament series January 17 through February 4 inside the Caesars Palace Poker Room.

Tournament buy-ins for the 27 different events will range from as low as $120 up to $550 for the championship event. One special event on the schedule is the Oklahoma Johnny Hale Seniors Event on Jan. 29. The winner of this event will receive a cash prize and entry into the 2011 World Series of Poker Seniors Championship Event. A ladies event will also take place on Jan. 22.

The event that is expected to garner the most attention is a satellite into the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. The $230 buy-in tournament is open to everyone and begins Feb. 1 as a traditional multi-table tournament. However, once the field is down to 16 players, action will stop and those players will return the following day to play in a bracketed heads-up freeze out format. The winner of it all will earn a $20,000 seat into March’s invitation-only NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship to play against the game’s brightest stars on national television and have a chance at winning the tournament’s $500,000 top prize. Last year’s NBC National Heads-Up champion was Annie Duke.

Here’s a look at the first-ever Winter Poker Classic schedule:

Date Event Game Buy-in
Jan. 17 1 NLHE $120
Jan. 18 2 NLHE $230
Jan. 18 3 Omaha 8/b $120
Jan. 19 4 NLHE $340
Jan. 19 5 PLO $120
Jan. 20 6 NLHE $120
Jan. 21 7 NLHE $230
Jan. 22 8 Ladies NLHE $120
Jan. 22 9 NLHE $340
Jan. 23 10 NLHE $230
Jan. 23 11 6-Handed NLHE $120
Jan. 24 12 NLHE $120
Jan. 25 13 NLHE $230
Jan. 26 14 NLHE $340
Jan. 26 15 NLHE Heads-Up $120
Jan. 27 16 NLHE $230
Jan. 28 17 NLHE $340
Jan. 28 18 Omaha 8/b Championship $230
Jan. 29 19 NLHE $230
Jan. 29 20 Seniors NLHE $120
Jan. 30 21 NLHE $230
Jan. 31 22 NLHE $120
Jan. 31 23 PLO Championship $230
Feb. 1 24 NLHE $120
Feb. 1 25 NBC National Heads-Up Qualifier $230
Feb. 2 NBC National Heads-Up Qualifier – Day 2
Feb. 3 26 NLHE Championship $550
Feb. 4 NLHE Championship – Day 2
Feb. 4 27 NLHE $120
Feb. 5 NLHE Championship – Final Table