What Will Your Summer Vegas Poker Trip Look Like without the World Series of Poker?

By Paul Seaton
June 23, 2021

The World Series of Poker will take place in autumn this year, between September 30 and November 23 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. But what if you’ve already made plans to head to Vegas with your friends and/or family this summer and want to play some live poker?

Fear not, for Cardplayer Lifestyle has you covered better than the chip leader calling the all-in of a short stack!

There’s a lot going on in Sin City this year as Nevada throws open its doors to the great and good of poker with millions on the line.

Let’s take a look at what’s on offer in the neon-soaked poker paradise in the desert.

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The Wynn Millions Has a $10m Guarantee

The biggest live event in Las Vegas this summer — sorry Beliebers — is the $10,000-entry Wynn Millions, which has a massive $10 million guarantee and (like Justin Beiber) takes place at the Wynn. Taking place between June 25 and July 3, it’s sure to be one of the biggest events on the live poker calendar in 2021, plus the winner will surely make headlines around the world.

As part of the Wynn Summer Classic festival, there will be anywhere up to 90 poker tables in use simultaneously – a record for the venue if it happens. With a 40,000-chip starting stack and hour-long to 90-minute levels, it’s one for the best in the world and is sure to attract some of live poker’s finest (poker) faces. There are three starting flights, each of which have their own Day 2 before the field becomes one on Day 3. There’s a single re-entry permitted for each starting flight, so if your maths are on point, you’ll have worked out that anyone could in principle be in for $60,000 if they really believe in their chances of running deep.

You can check out the full Wynn Summer Classic schedule, which runs until July 13 and includes 30 events and $16 million in guarantees right here.

Victory at the Venetian?

Many big-name pros swear by attending the many tournaments that take place at the Venetian as a good warm-up for the live World Series. Even with no summer WSOP this year, however, the value is there at the Venetian.

There is a massive $3 million guaranteed World Poker Tour Main Event taking place from July 2-7  which costs $5,000 to enter and has three starting flights that take place on ‘weekend days’ of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With nine levels of registration, the tournament caters well to those who won’t get a chance to sit down with their chips until the cut-off of around 8:40pm.

As well as the Main Event, the ever-popular WPT DeepStacks at the Venetian boasts a $2 million guarantee and costs just $2,400 to take part in. With 40-minute levels on Day 1 and hour-long levels on Day 2 right the way until heads-up chops that level length in half, the structure is a dream and you’ll be a Season 19 WPT legend if you win it!

The PokerGO Cup and Other Events

Hot on the heels of a spectacular U.S. Poker Open series won by David Peters, the PokerGO Cup is an eight-event series taking place at the ARIA Resort Hotel & Casino from July 6, with events that cater for the best in town.

The series kicks off with a $10,000 no limit hold’em event on July 6 and is followed by two more events with the same buy-in before a pair of $25,000-entry events ramp up the action. A $50,000 NHLE event is followed by a $100,000 Super High Roller event on July 12 before a $100,000 Heads-Up Championship on July 15. With more ARIA High Roller events and the Seminole events rounding out a busy schedule at the ARIA, it would be easy to remain in one place… if you have the bankroll.

Elsewhere, two more events stole our attention, with The Orleans 2021 Summer Poker Series already running from June 11 and continuing until July 22. There is a whopping $2.5 million in total guarantees up for grabs with the $600 No-limit Hold’em Championship kicking off on July 16. One fun quirk of the events at The Orleans is that players can take part in a free-entry tournament to close the series with a $15,000 prize pool – a generous bonus from organizers.

All in all, notwithstanding the delayed WSOP, there’s plenty of poker to be had in Las Vegas this summer. Will you be heading out to play?



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Paul Seaton

Paul Seaton has written about poker from all over the world, and has interviewed the most well known poker players in the world in the pursuit of the perfect poker stories. Having worked events such as the World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour, Paul has worked as Editor of BLUFF […]

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