Tuesday, January 26, 2010

PokerStars and Venetian Team Up for a Fully-Loaded Deep Stack Extravaganza

Venetian Hotel, Resort and Casino in Las Vegas houses one of the most loved poker rooms in the world. They play host to a very popular poker tournament series in Las Vegas called the Deep Stack Extravaganza, which is attended by tens of thousands of poker players during its four occurrences throughout each calendar year. Prize pools for this event have totaled well into the several millions.

PokerStars is the largest online poker room in the world, containing more players and games at every stake than any other site. Several World Series of Poker champions have come from seats won by satellites at PokerStars, such as Chris Moneymaker (2003) and Greg Raymer (2004). PokerStars began offering “real money” poker games in December of 2001 and dealt its 25 billionth hand in early 2009. They also hold the record for largest online poker tournament ever held, with 149,196 entrants in the playing field.

So what two better poker powerhouses exist that could team up to produce a poker tournament together? Beginning January 29th, the Venetian Las Vegas will play host to its first of four 2010 Deep Stack Extravaganza Poker Series. The schedule will run much like it has in the past – poker players of all different skills and backgrounds from all over the world will participate in No Limit Hold Em, Omaha Hi Lo, Pot Limit Omaha and H.O.R.S.E. poker events, with buy-ins beginning at $340 and extending up to $1070. Players can buy in directly, or have the opportunity to play single table satellites each day at the Venetian. Two players from each table will advance into the respective tournament.

The main event of the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza is where players will experience changes from the past schedules. Instead of the $2500 buy-in, three day event of previous Deep Stack poker tournaments, players can enter the North American Poker Tour main event – at a price of $5,000. This NAPT main event is part of PokerStars first ever live tournament series. After its debut at the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza poker series, it will travel across the country to other casinos (venues and dates have not been announced just yet).

The Venetian will hold Super Satellites for this event on February 19th. At noon and 4pm, players can participate in a satellite for $220 buy-in with $200 rebuys. At 8pm there will be a $540 (no rebuys) Super Satellite. Players can also qualify online with PokerStars for a variety of buy-in options, even including freerolls. There will be a $700 25 seat guarantee on PokerStars on Sunday January 17th at 6pm EST.

The NAPT/Venetian Deep Stack main event will begin on February 20th with only one day 1, with players receiving a 30,000 starting chip stack.

For more information on the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza, you can call the poker room at (702)414-7657. For more on the NAPT structure and schedule, visit www.pokerstars.com. For additional information on all major and daily poker tournaments in Las Vegas, poker players are invited to visit www.lasvegaspokersource.com to aid in the planning of your poker trip.

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