The best travel destination for the millions of card-loving poker players is easily Las Vegas, Nevada. Although Las Vegas has a lot to offer, gambling, in all its fine forms, remains an enormous draw for those who make their way to Sin City. Of course, Las Vegas is also known for its shopping opportunities, world class dining and spectacular live shows, however gambling remains the root of its entertainment.
It is for this reason that Las Vegas has always been home to the World Series of Poker. Also known as WSOP, it welcomes more than 6,500 poker players and boasts the largest individual spoils in the industry. Wondering how you can get in on this extravagant world-class event?
You will need to pre-register before May to be eligible to participate for the 60+ poker events that run in June and July. You can sign up for as many events as you can afford - cha-ching! - although keep in mind there are rules to how many hours a player can legally play on any given day. The WSOP goal? To come out a winner of course.
Not only is there a pool of large cash prizes, winners also walk away with the highly sought after gold bracelets that have been known to define a poker player’s career. Typically the WSOP Circuit Tour takes place in Las Vegas during the months of June and July, and offers players 10 full hours of world-class poker playing per day across 470 tables.
The concept first began in Las Vegas in 1970 when Sin City had less than 50 poker tables. Without realizing it, the 30+ poker players who showed up for the first tournament were actually making poker playing history. Eventually a championship format was created and 43 years later, WSOP remains the largest poker tournament in the world.
When to Go to World Series Of Poker
The best time to hop on a flight to Las Vegas is really any time your heart desires. This is a city that doesn't sleep people! Unlike other popular destinations, Las Vegas is bustling year round. There may be additional people on the streets during certain months, but these fluctuations are generally due to massive events such as world title boxing matches, once in a lifetime concerts, exotic live shows, or world class poker tournaments such as WSOP.
Odds n' Ends
If you’re wondering how deep your pockets need to be to participate in the World Series of Poker, there are starting points with minimum buy-ins. For general fees, each event has it’s own set price. There is the $5,000 nine-handed buy-in event, the $3,000 heads-up split-format event, or the $10,000 buy-in event for an eight-game mix. There is also the $1 million buy-in named ‘The Big One for One Drop’.
There is also the $1,500 no-limits hold’em event, which is actually a re-entry fee for those who were eliminated the day before. The choices, although seemingly endless, are relatively deep-pocketed if all you’re looking for a friendly game of pal poker.
Places to Eat
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- Caesar’s Palace
- Undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Vegas, Caesar’s Palace Hotel is always a recommended place.
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