Las Vegas Gears Up For Wsop Summer With Poker Series

When Australians travel for poker, they must travel long distances to do so. Flights are long, and they can be pricey. It just doesn’t pay, usually, to fly somewhere to play poker only to find limited choices.

Of course, the World Series of Poker is different. Players travel from all corners of the world just to play in the WSOP. And this upcoming 2022 WSOP is expected to be one of the largest ever, as players can finally travel freely into Las Vegas. Covid-19 restrictions are gone. Even more exciting is the new double-venue for the WSOP on the Las Vegas Strip.

The WSOP alone is probably going to be worth the trip. But add in another six large tournament series at Las Vegas casinos, including a World Poker Tour event, players have many more reasons to travel this summer. There will be no place in the world offering as much poker at one time as Las Vegas from May to July 2022.

WSOP at Paris & Bally’s (31 May – 20 July)

The World Series of Poker is the main attraction. It is the big dance. It is the crème-de-la-crème of poker.

We posted the full 2022 WSOP schedule when the World Series released it in February. Action kicks off on 31 May and runs through 20 July, ending with a Tournament of Champions after the final table of the WSOP Main Event. There will also be more than a dozen online poker WSOP bracelet events, most of which anyone of proper age can play when located in the state of Nevada.

We also noted the new venues. After 17 years at the Rio, the WSOP is moving to the Las Vegas Strip this year. It will take place in the Paris and Bally’s convention center ballrooms. There will be more space and a change of scenery. And all will be directly on the Strip, with access to multiple modes of transportation and restaurant choices.

ARIA Poker Classic (1 June – 17 July)

Across Las Vegas Boulevard from Paris is the ARIA Casino. Its poker room has become one of the most popular in Las Vegas for cash games and daily tournaments. This summer it will host the ARIA Poker Classic 2022.

The series consists of 46 tournaments from 1 June through 17 July, most of them single-day events, one per day, of No Limit Hold’em or Pot Limit Omaha. There are few variations except two mystery bounty events, one for women only, and two for seniors. Buy-ins range from $400 to $3,500, and guarantees range from $50K to $1M.

The NLHE Championship will be Event 23, the $3,500 buy-in with the $1M guarantee that will run 23-25 June.

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MGM Grand (15 May – 17 July)

This is the newest series. A Las Vegas poker player announced it and produced a schedule, though the MGM Grand has yet to post it. The series appears to offer two full months of events – 177 of them – from  15 May through 17 July.

Buy-ins range from $100 to $3K, with the vast majority of them less than $1K. Guarantees range from $3K to $2M. The most notable aspect of the schedule is the range of mixed games. There is also a regular serving of nightly and midnight tournaments almost every day.

The Main Event is the NLHE Big Show, requiring a $1,700 buy-in and offering a $1M guarantee.

Venetian DeepStack Championship (2 May – 31 July)

The longest series of the summer, the Venetian will host the DeepStack Championship from the beginning of May through the end of July. The total schedule offers 133 tournaments and more than $22.1M in guaranteed prize money.

At the beginning of June, the series hosts its own DeepStack Championship event, complete with three flights, a $1,600 buy-in, and a $1.5M guarantee. It runs from 29 July to 3 July.

There are several other tournament operators that partnered with the Venetian, though, to put tournaments onto the schedule. One is the Mid-States Poker Tour, which will host Event 61 ($1,600 buy-in NLHE 6-10 June with $2M guaranteed) and Event 63 ($1,100 buy-in NLHE 12-16 June with $1.5M guaranteed).

In July, the World Poker Tour steps in with several tournaments. The WPT festival will run 7-17 July as a part of the Venetian DeepStack Championship. And it will culminate in a WPT Venetian main tour Main Event 12-17 July with a $5M buy-in and a massive $4M guarantee.

Wynn Summer Classic (31 May – 20 July)

This was the first of all the poker rooms to reveal a schedule after the WSOP. The schedule is not as overflowing as some others, but there are big events with multiple flights and big guarantees. There are only 33 events from 31 May through 20 July, but their guarantees total $16.6M.

The Wynn NLHE Championship is in the middle of the schedule, set run 24-27 June. Players can enter over the course of three flights to get in on the $3.5M guarantee.

With several mystery bounties on the schedule, it is predominantly Hold’em with just a few Omaha and mixed games tossed in for good measure.

Golden Nugget Grand (31 May – 3 July)

This is one of the casinos not on the Las Vegas Strip. The Golden Nugget is located on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas. It is easily reachable by bus and other forms of transportation from the Strip.

Players look forward to the Grand each year because of its low buy-ins and the availability of mixed games. This series has all of that included in the 81-tournament schedule. It also guarantees more than $3M in prize money.

There are two events in the Grand that appear to be “Main Event” type tournaments. The first is actually called the NLHE Main Event. That one is Event 55 on the schedule and runs 24-28 June. The buy-in of $1,100 matches with a $1M guarantee on the prize pool. The other big event is Event 73, the NLHE Championship. That one runs 30 June to 3 July, also with three flights. This one, however, has a buy-in of only $600 and a guarantee of $500K.

Orleans Summer Open (31 May – 10 July)

This is the other summer series off the Strip. It is actually down one of the main Strip cross streets – Tropicana – and will require a bus, Uber, or taxi for transportation.

While not exactly convenient to the other series as far as the location, many players love the low buy-ins and big poker space. They also love the mix of tournaments and structures. Action will start on 31 May and run through most of the WSOP, ending its Summer Open on 10 July. As for the guarantees on select events, they total more than $3.6M.

The NLHE Championship is set for 16-19 June with five starting flights and a $750K guarantee. The buy-in will be $1K.

If any other Las Vegas poker room announces a series prior to the start of the WSOP, we will add it here.


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