If you're looking for some action, head to Las Vegas in June to take part in a historic event and have a chance to go swimming with sharks. Sin City will reopen to 100% capacity at most of their casinos, especially properties owned by MGM and Caesars Entertainment, starting in June. The Nevada Gaming Control Board allowed casinos to operate at 100% capacity in an effort to boost tourism.
With the World Series of Poker postponed until the fall and not happening until the end of September, there will be online WSOP events at GGPoker and the WSOP.com. But if you need your tournament fix, then there's a pair of events that appeal to players with diverse bankrolls.
The Benny Binion Shootout returns to the South Point Casino just south of the Las Vegas Strip. It's a locals casino with a cool sportsbook and poker room. They're hosting a special shootout to honor the legendary and infamous Benny Binion. The wild and wacky Binion family no longer owns Binion's Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas, but the South Point wants to pay homage to the guy who helped create the tournament poker scene over fifty years ago.
The Benny Binion Shootout begins on June 10 with a $2,200 buy-in event that's capped at 128 runners. They're playing in a 50% shootout format with $100,000 set aside to the champion with a $256,00 guaranteed prize pool.
The 50% shootout format at the Benny Binion Shootout is a dative of a traditional shooutout. Each table starts eight handed and ends after 50% of the table aka four players are eliminated. The four left standing advance to the next round. So, the first session starts with 128 runners and ends with 64. The second sessions trims the field from 64 to 32. The third sessions goes from 32 to the sweet 16. The fourth session plays down to a final table of eight. The final table begins on June 12.
Last December, the South Point Casino hosted the Benny Binion Shootout. William Firebaugh was the last player standing and banked $100K after he knocked out Nick Pupillo in second place. The final table of the 2020 Benny Binion Shootout also included Dan Pickering, Han Hoai, Dan Matsuzuki, Jason Phamolivo, Brian Mancilla, Rich Dixon.
If you want a chance to play against the top players in the world and deep pocketed whales, then head over to the Aria on June 3 for the start of the 2021 US Poker Open. There will be 12 events in different formats including NL, PLO, 8-Game, Short Deck, and Big Bet Mix. These high-roller events have ten tournaments with a $10K buy-in. There's one $25K and $50K. Everything except the final $50K event has a double-entry structure so players can fire an additional bullet in the first 11 events.
The 2021 US Poker Open overall champion will be determined by leaderboard points for their 12 events. The leaderboard champ will also win a Golden Eagle Trophy. Previous winners include Stephen Chidwick (2018) and David Peters (2019).
These 12 events are also a part of the PokerGO Tour and players will earn leaderboard points.
PokerGo will have exclusive live streaming coverage of every final table.
2021 US POKER OPEN SCHEDULE
- June 3 Event #1 $10,000 NL
- June 4 Event #2 $10,000 PLO
- June 5 Event #3 $10,000 NL
- June 6 Event #4 $10,000 Big Bet Mix
- June 7 Event #5 $10,000 NL
- June 8 Event #6 $10,000 8-Game
- June 9 Event #7 $10,000 NL
- June 10 Event #8 $10,000 PLO
- June 11 Event #9 $10,000 NL
- June 12 Event #10 $10,000 Short Deck
- June 13 Event #11 $25,000 NL
- June 14 Event #12 $50,000 NL