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There are a plethora of ways to spend Super Sunday in Vegas, most of which we've detailed in our Big Game Party Guide, but another way to enjoy the game is at one of the many poker rooms that are offering special promotions for the Super Bowl. Here’s a look at some of the goings-on around town this Sunday, February 1:
The festivities at Excalibur get running four hours prior to kick-off. All cash game players will earn raffle tickets that will be used for various drawings during the event. Every field goal will be worth $50, touchdowns will be worth $100, and a safety will reward a lucky winner with $400. One hundred bucks will be given away at the end of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters, and $200 will be rewarded at the end of the 4th quarter. Should the game go into overtime, there will be a drawing for $300. Players can earn addition drawing tickets at the beginning of each quarter during the game.
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Ever since the start of the "poker boom" back in 2003, when an unknown accountant from Tenessee with the unlikely name of Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker, no-limit Texas Hold 'Em has been the game of choice among poker players everywhere.
It's easy to forget that, in the grand scheme of things, no-limit hold 'em is a relatively new game. If you were in Las Vegas back in the 90's or earlier, you would be much more likely to be playing a game like 7 card stud or even a variation of draw poker. While most poker players today are content playing no-limit, there are many who long for the days when this variation of the game didn't have the near monopoly it seems to have on the poker world today. The good news is, if you look hard enough, there are still places in Las Vegas where you can find some alternatives. Here's a look at some poker rooms around town that offer up a bit of variety for those looking to mix things up:
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Another poker room has folded in Las Vegas.
Just three days after we reported on its imminent closure, the poker room at The LINQ Hotel saw its last game.
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An empty poker room, a soon to be closing poker room, and an electronic poker room highlight this look at what's currently going on in the Las Vegas poker landscape. Shuffle up and deal!
The poker situation at Silverton has pretty much been in limbo for the past two years. The off-Strip property's room closed back in early 2012 only to pop back up near the end of 2012 as part of Cantor Gaming's new sports book. Word was the cards would start flying once the sports book opened, but that day came and went and the poker room has yet to see any action. A recent visit to Silverton confirmed that, yes, the five-table poker room is still there in all of its painfully bright red glory, but it still is not open for business.
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The annual festival of nonstop card-playing known as the World Series of Poker has come a long way since its beginnings at Binions Horseshoe way back in 1970. That inaugural year saw the winner decided by a vote among the seven players who participated. It wasn't until the following year that a tournament format was introduced, with a whopping six players ponying up $5,000 to determine who the best poker player was. In 1972, the buy-in was raised to $10,000, which attracted eight gamblers, and since then what is known as the Main Event of the WSOP has grown by leaps and bounds. Last year’s event drew 6,683 participants.
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If you wake up the day after Christmas just itching to play some poker (and, really, who doesn't?), Planet Hollywood and Venetian have got you covered with the latest installments of their popular tournament series.
The PHamous VII Poker Weekend kicks off Friday, December 26 and features a $500 buy-in no limit hold'em tournament with a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. The event offers two different starting days, Friday and Saturday both at noon. Those fortunate to survive the first day will reconvene on Sunday at noon when the tournament will play down to an eventual winner. This is an unlimited re-entry tournament, which means if you bust out at any point before start of play at noon on Sunday you are free to pony up another $500 for a fresh stack of chips and another shot at
fame PHame and glory. If $500 is a little more than you're looking to spend, satellites will be offered throughout the weekend for just $70.
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One of the oldest poker rooms on the Las Vegas Strip is about to be dealt a new hand.
The poker room at The Mirage will reportedly close for renovations January 24, with a tentative reopening date set as May 15. When the new room emerges it will be noticeably smaller in size, clocking in at 12 tables, down from the 19 that are currently in use. The new room will be located in the same general area that it currently sits, however the elevated portion that is usually reserved for high-limit games will be removed. The casino’s main cage is also being relocated to an area that sits inside of the current poker room’s footprint. A source inside the poker room reports that all dealers will be laid off during the roughly four months of renovations and will then be rehired based on seniority.
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A few weeks ago, we told you that Yahoo! might be preparing to take on the big boys in the online poker world. Since that time, Ultimate Poker has closed and Yahoo! has announced it will be closing its classic online games portal, including Yahoo! Poker.
Ladies and gentleman, your new World Series of Poker champion, Martin Jacobson.
The Swede came out on top in a nearly 15-hour final table played over the past two days at the Penn and Teller Theatre at Rio. Jacobson, 27, wins $10 million for his first-place finish.
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Last week, Yahoo! quietly snuck into a seat at the online poker table. Yahoo! Poker is a free, online casino game (for the time being) that can be played anywhere and has more in common with other social games like HDPoker than it does with Ultimate Poker as it’s not a real money enterprise.
Gameplay for Yahoo! Poker is simple. Head to the game, spin for free chips, choose the table limits you'd like to play, and get in the game. If you run out of chips, you can purchase more like any other social game.
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The game’s, perhaps, most popular player and a stalwart tournament director will be the two newest inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame.
A 41-person panel of existing HOF members and poker media members chose Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland to enter the hall. An official induction ceremony will be held at Binion's at 7:30 p.m. on November 9, a day before the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event takes place at Rio. The festivities will take place in the Longhorn Room. Formerly known as Benny’s Bullpen, the room was home to the final table of the WSOP for the bulk of its existence.
The final table of the 2014 World Series of Poker will take place in the Penn & Teller theatre at Rio November 10-11. The designation of favorite belongs to chipleader Jorryt van Hoof, whose odds were set at 57/20 (roughly 2.85 to 1) by online sportsbook Bovada this week.