The Aria has become a popular destination away from the grind of the World Series of Poker. The Aria poker room does their own thing and they are more than happy to cater to the influx of poker pro and noob players that flock to Las Vegas every summer to play in the World Series of Poker at the Rio Casino. This year, the Aria partnered with partypoker to host the first-ever American event for the partypoker Live Millions tour and brand.
The debut event will go down at the Aria just before the World Series of Poker Main Event. The timing is just right. The $10,300 buy-in MILLIONS Vegas 'Special Edition' also has a $5 million guaranteed prize pool.
John Duthie, the President of partypoker LIVE, has been throwing poker parties and tournaments all over the globe for the last 15 years. Duthie explained, "The partnership with ARIA in Vegas is a significant step marking the first time partypoker LIVE has hosted a tournament in the United States. The poker team at ARIA is well known for being genuinely passionate about the game. We believe they see things the same way we do and that it's not all business, it is about listening to players and growing the game."
Oooooh, the "not all business" line is a bit of sick shade tossed at partypoker's competitors.
The Aria and partypoker seem like a good fit. The casino is one of the swankiest venues in Vegas. The poker room has a great set up and some of the best staff in Vegas. With the WSOP in town at the same time, this event should be a huge hit among pros, locals, and dead meat.
Director of Poker Operations at ARIA, Sean McCormack, said: "We're looking forward to MILLIONS making its debut this summer at the resort. Our team is excited to add an event of this magnitude to our extensive summer schedule."
Live satellites for the MILLIONS Vegas will run at the ARIA starting on Thursday, June 27. You can win your way in via satellites on partypoker.
Speaking of poker parties, there's a special players only party on July 2. It's been a long time since partypoker threw a crazy party in Vegas.
The 2019 WSOP will kick off at the end of May at the Rio Casino. There are rumors that the Rio will be sold to a group representing a high-speed rail contingency. If that's the case, this might be the final year the WSOP is at the Rio. Oh, and it's the 50th anniversary of the WSOP too. There will be 87 bracelet events, which is redonkulous to think. That's a lot of bling and dead money up for grabs for six plus weeks at the Rio this summer. Check out a comprehensive week-to-week breakdown of the 2019 WSOP schedule.