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The Best Las Vegas Summer Poker Series Outside Of The WSOP

A Look At The Best Tournament Festivals In Sin City Away From The Rio In June and July


Each and every summer the poker world converges on Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, inarguably the biggest poker festival of the year. But the WSOP is far from the only game in town, as several Las Vegas poker hotspots host their own massive tournament series during the balmy summer months, offering hundreds of events for local and visiting poker aficionados to try their hand in. Card Player is here to bring you a look at the best the rest of Las Vegas has to offer this summer with the biggest events of each summer series.

Venetian Las VegasThe Venetian Sands Poker Room is once again hosting the DeepStack Extravaganza III, a 90-event series boasting more than $16 million in guaranteed prize pools. The huge slate of events has something for every player, but the centerpiece of the whole affair is the four-day, $5,000 buy-in Card Player Poker Tour no-limit hold’em main event that features a $2 million guarantee, and the Card Player reporting team will be on hand to bring you live updates on all of the action. The CPPT main event has three starting flights on July 17, 18 and 19 at noon. The DeepStack Extravaganza series is one of the most popular poker festivals in the world with a little something for everyone with buy-ins as low as $200 and games such as Omaha eight-or-better, H.O.R.S.E., pot-limit Omaha and Big O. There are also variations like turbos, survivors and bounty tournaments.

The Planet Hollywood poker room is hosting it’s own massive festival this summer; so massive in fact that it’s called the Goliath Phamous Poker Series. Running from May 26 through July 10 the series has over 100 events on offer, with buy-ins ranging from $60 up to $1,700. The heaviest hitter late in the schedule is the $1,650 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event that sports a huge $2 million guarantee, doubling the guarantee from 2015. The tournament has six starting flights, with 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. start times July 7 and 8.

Bellagio Resort & CasinoThe Bellagio Hotel & Casino is hosting the Bellagio Cup, for the 12th year. The festival will once again take place in one of the game’s most storied poker rooms and is a series that cannot be missed. The $10,400 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event is set to kick off on Thursday, July 14 at noon. This special event allows registration for the first 12 levels of play—closing at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. Last year’s main event drew 301 entrants, with Sean Winter emerging victorious with the title and the first-place prize of $562,000.

Wynn Las Vegas is once again hosting a Wynn Summer Classic series, with 37 events on offer from June 2 – July 19. The $750,000 guaranteed $1,600 no-limit hold’em main event will run from July 16–19, with the two starting days each beginning at noon.

Aria Las Vegas has some big events of it’s own as part of it’s Aria Poker Classic, including the WPT500 Aria. The $565 buy-in no-limit hold’em event sports a $1 million guaranteed prize pool and nine starting flights, with the event running from June 27 through July 6. The room will also host several $25,000 high roller events peppered throughout the summer, including ones on June 25, July 7 and July 13.

Golden Nugget Las VegasWhile the big poker rooms on the strip have plenty going on, downtown and off-strip resorts also have some huge poker events on offer this summer. The Golden Nugget is hosting its Grand Poker Series, a 90-event tournament festival running from May 31 – July 3. The highlight is a $500,000 guaranteed $570 buy-in event that kicks off with the first of two starting days beginning at 11 a.m. on Jun 29.

The birthplace of the World Series of Poker was Binion’s Hotel and Casino in downtown, and they are set to continue hosting great poker events this year with their Annual Poker Classic. They are holding a $50,000 guaranteed $565 buy-in event starting Jun 26 at noon. South of the strip the M Resort Spa & Casino will be the site of the $2,500 buy-in Hollywood Poker Open main event beginning with the first of two starting days on June 23.

So there is a look at biggest poker series around Las Vegas outside of the WSOP. Head to our tournament section to check out each every single option you have for poker action in the coming weeks!

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