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  1. The World Series of Poker draws the primary attention for the duration of the Las Vegas summer. Tournament series across the strip grow each year and present legitimate competition to the offerings inside the Rio. Whether it's a single-day tournament, multi-million dollar guarantee, or three-figure buy-in mixed game events, there's plenty of poker to be played without ever collecting a WSOP receipt. Venetian DeepStack Championship Series Goes All-in The second-biggest series of the summer grows to gargantuan size this summer. The Venetian is throwing down $31 million in guarantees across 150 events between May 14 and July 29. Gone are the days of cramming into The Venetian poker room. The new era of the 103-table Sands Expo Convention Center arrives. Play starts on May 26 in an arena that rivals the size of the Amazon Room in the Rio. The Venetian and the Mid-States Poker Tour partner this summer for five events that include live streamed final tables. All five events carry a minimum $1 million guarantee and range in buy-in from $600 up to $5,000. Leading off the powerful lineup is the $1,100 $3.5 million event with the first of four Day 1s on Sunday, June 3. The $2.5 million guaranteed tournament of the same buy-in size last summer brought in 3,273 runners and promises to put 4,000 within striking distance next month. Other MSPT events on the schedule are the $600 $1 million guaranteed, $1,600 $3 million guaranteed, $3,500 $3.5 million guaranteed, and $5,000 $1 million guaranteed. A total of 16 events carry the big blind ante with single-day events and the two $5ks included. The series wraps with two $1,100 $1 million guaranteed tournaments that start after the WSOP Main Event gets going. Wynn stays Winning The most aesthetically pleasing playing area in Las Vegas puts $7 million up for grabs in the Wynn Summer Classic from June 1-July 16. All events aside from three at the Wynn are single-day events and every single No Limit Hold'em tournament offers the big blind ante format. Price points at the Wynn are $400, $550, and $1,100 with the guarantees for the respective buy-in levels are $50,000, $100,000, and $200,000. The rake is lower at the Wynn and the guarantees for multi-day events are sky-high. Last summer's $1,100 $1 million guaranteed brought in a field of 2,320. The Wynn placed two of those events on the calendar for 2018. The $1,100s own three starting flights each and start on June 14 and June 26. The Wynn Summer Classic Championship is a $1,600 $1.5 million guaranteed giant that should draw huge with a WSOP Main Event post-lim date of July 9. A $1 million guarantee for the 2017 Wynn title put a prize pool of close to $3 million up for grabs. ARIA offers low buy-in No Limit and Mixed Games The ARIA Poker Classic has a little bit of everything for both professionals and recs looking to get some value for one day of poker between May 26 and July 8. The majority of events on the ARIA schedule price out between $240 and $500. No Limit Hold'em is the main game but mixed game players can find a tournament or two of their liking during the summer. $470 non-Hold'em events include Eight-Game Mix, Omaha Hi-Lo, 2-7 Single Draw, and H.O.R.S.E. The "main event" of the ARIA Poker Classic is the $500 $1 million guaranteed WPT500. Nine starting flights are available with the first falling on June 25. Jon Borenstein won 2017's WPT 500 by defeating 3,542 entrants to take home the $230,000 first-place prize. Odds and ends Other properties who carry summer series include Planet Hollywood, Golden Nugget, and Binions. All have No Limit and Mixed Games available for low buy-ins with compatible structures for single-day and multi-day events.
  2. Another week into the Las Vegas summer and more prize pools outside the Rio are building into seven-figure territory. Last week's individual performances of Antoine Saout and Chris Moorman were replaced by big fields and huge numbers. The Venetian Sets a New Record The Mid-States Poker Tour $1,100 $3.5 million guaranteed event set a record for entries in a tournament at The Venetian. A total of 4,411 entries took part in the tournament to compete for a prize pool of $4.3 million. 451 players made the money and a few notable names found themselves deep to play for the $548,341 first-place prize. Two-time WPT Season XVI final tablist Derek Wolters placed eight to collect $64,511. Former WSOP final tablist Owen Crowe was the last Canadian standing and earned $150,525 for sixth. David Levine emerged victoriously and earned the over half-million prize for first. Levine's largest tournament cash before the MSTP was $16,910 for an event at the 2018 L.A. Poker Classic. Other relevant players to reach the top-50 include Iaron Lightbourne (12th), Nick Pupillo (29th), Joe Elpayaa (30th), and Mike Del Vecchio (32nd). The second MSPT seven-figure event is currently on Day 2 at The Venetian. 2,779 runners crushed the $1 million guarantee for the $600 entry to put a $1.425 million pot up for grabs. Three more events are left on the MSPT/Venetian schedule with the $5,000 $1 million guarantee up next on Friday, June 15. Familiar Names Come Close at Wynn In the final days before the first multi-day event at the Wynn Summer Classic, a few well-regarded players almost made it to the finish line in a single day of work. Christian Harder formally got on the board by placing third in the $1,100 $200,000 guarantee. Harder collected $29,876 with Andrew Hills winning the event and $72,799. A few days later, Greg Raymer took second in the $550 Seniors Event. Raymer withdrew $34,416 from the prize pool and Nicole Honour earned first place along with $52,718. The first multi-day event kicks off on June 14 when the first of two $1,100 $1 million guarantee opens up. Three starting flights are available for the tournament which is expected to draw close to 2,000 runners. Michael Wang Almost Repeats The choice between events can be a conflict at times and that was the case for bracelet winner Michael Wang. Stuck between Planet Hollywood and the Rio, Wang decided to defend his title in the $600 $1 million guaranteed clash he won in 2017. https://twitter.com/miw210/status/1005360505198768128 In a field of 2,238, Wang placed seventh for $29,909 and is sure to be back in the final table mix again this summer. Other final tablists included Marshall White and Marvin Rettenmaier. The 2017 version featured a field of 2,721 and Wang's share for first place was $205,165.
  3. The Venetian and Wynn continue to trot out quality fields and huge guarantees. In the past week, Wynn held their largest event to date as part of the Wynn Summer Classic and The Venetian made headlines for some controversy at their recent live streamed final table. Strong Final Table Ends with Asterisk The highest buy-in to take place outside of the Rio this summer in a non-high roller event brought 178 entrants to The Venetian. The $5,000 $1 million guaranteed Mid-States Poker Tour event produced as good of a final table as live stream viewers could ask for. Alex Foxen, Kristen Bicknell, Kahle Burns, and Jake Schindler headlined the event and all but Schindler were among the final three. After declining a chop deal with the couple of Bicknell and Foxen, Burns lost and earned a $120,000 bronze medal. England's Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford delivered fifth place and his largest cash of the summer. Foxen and Bicknell immediately chopped afterward and Foxen took home the trophy along with $239,000. Bicknell earned a quality $200,000 score. Accusations of soft-play and potential collusion filled the social media space during and after the event. The live stream indicated no blatant chip-dumping but the attention stays on that side of the aisle. Another six-figure was produced at The Venetian in the past week as Ben Jones won the $1,600 Six-Max $750,000 guarantee event outright. Jones beat Alexander Lakhov heads up to claim the $193,468 first-place prize. Lakhov settled for $109,138. David Jackson and Kevin Saul both made the final table while Jessica Dawley and Mike Del Vecchio placed at the final two tables. Wynn Brings in the Masses The first multi-day event of the Wynn Summer Classic attracted 2,427 runners for the $1,100 $1 million guarantee. 251 players made the money and top two prizes were chopped between Kwun Li and Dominic Coombe. The pair earned $280,594 and $266,639, respectively, for their two days of play. Coming in third was past MSPT Venetian champion Thomas Boivin. In June 2016, the Belgian outlasted a field of 2,887 to chop with Mukul Pahuja and earn $352,153. This time around, Boivin cashes out for $149,961. Ian O'Hara and Upeshka De Silva are among the other final tablists. The Wynn's schedule lists one more $1,100 $1 million event starting on June 26 with three starting flights available. ARIA 8-Game High Roller Ends in a Deal The $50,000 Poker Players Championship is the highest buy-in mixed game event on the schedule but ARIA added a matching event of their own for 2018. The $25,000 8-Game mix on June 14 attracted 30 entrants and featured quite a few players who entered the PPC the next day. Phillip Sternheimer and 2017 PPC winner Elior Sion chopped for $275,000 and $220,000 at a final table that included Luke Schwartz, Isaac Haxton, and Alexander Kostritsyn. All five players rolled over their cash into the PPC but none made the money in the year's pinnacle mixed event.

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