It’s a very busy weekend at the city’s poker rooms with the World Series of Poker circuit events continuing at Harrah’s Resort, The Borgata kicking off its December mini-series and three of the city’s bad beats at around a quarter of a million dollars or more.
Let’s start with the WSOP Circuit. Event 5, an Omaha 8 or better tournament started today and will continue tomorrow.
Sunday, however, Event 6, the circuit’s main tournament (not to be confused with the $10,000 regional championship Dec. 18, which by the way, we’re back to saying is a non-ring event) gets underway Sunday at 11am.
Under the circuit’s reorganization this year, all circuit events have the same $1,500 + $150 main event.
Also, we’ve figured out why some of the prize pool numbers have been a little wonky in the early results we’ve received. Along with the entry fee, an about 3 percent vig is being taken from the pools to pay staff. While that’s not unheard of, it’s a little unusual for a major A.C. tournament.
It’s also printed on the structure sheets, but we’re kind of slow.
Such fees are usually employed when tournaments have long structures and therefore more hands and more work for dealers. The event will be played over three days, but the 3 percent fee is being applied to all circuit events.
In that spirit, the structure of the event will be at the bottom of the post.
Meanwhile, poker pro Annie Dukes is scheduled to appear at the circuit event tonight at 6pm with an open Q&A session at 8pm. Saturday, she’s scheduled to play in the poker room at about 11am. There are also non-ring events and satellites all weekend. You can get the full schedule here.
The Borgata’s mini-series also got underway today with a $500 + $60 No Limit tournament and a $200 + $30 No Limit tourney at 7pm. Events are also scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. You can get the full schedule here.
As for the bad beats, The Tropicana’s bad beat, sometimes overlooked by players, has climbed to about $267,000. The Caesars Entertainment bad beat — in play at Harrah’s Resort, Caesars, Bally’s and Showboat — has climbed to $268,000 and The Borgata’s full bad beat is at $228,000. The Taj Mahal bad beat is at $85,000.
Like we said. Busy weekend in the city.
Here’s the WSOP Main Event structure: