Wynn, Venetian Announce Fall Poker Tournament Schedules

Just as the World Series of Poker announced it will require vaccinations for participants, the Venetian and the Wynn revealed their fall poker tournament schedules with nary a word about shot requirements.

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The Venetian (and Wynn) announced their fall poker tournament schedules this week. Unlike the WSOP, they won’t require vaccinations — as of now. (Image: Venetian)

Venetian’s DeepStack Championship II will run Sept. 27 to Nov. 28, while the Wynn Fall Classic will run Sept. 30 through Nov. 21. Both series boast guaranteed prize pools above $10 million. The Venetian’s biggest event will be a three-day, $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Card Player Poker Tour event with a $1 million guarantee that begins Nov. 11. The Wynn will host a three-day, $3,500 No-Limit Hold’em championship event beginning Oct. 29 with a $3 million guaranteed prize pool.

Both schedules were released late in the week, around the same time that Caesars blew up the pokerverse by saying it will require vaccinations for players at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino this year. That announcement created a strong dividing line between players for and against the requirement. Following FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 on Monday, many businesses have announced vaccination requirements for employees and customers.

Many players on poker forums, Facebook groups, and Twitter said they would boycott the WSOP this year, sparking this inspired tweet:

Some of those expressing disdain for Caesars’ decision said they’d take their business elsewhere in Las Vegas and focus on other tournament series. Several rivals plan to run tournament series concurrent with the WSOP, as they usually do in the summer. Beyond Venetian and Wynn, the Golden Nugget and Orleans have announced festivals for the fall. None of them have yet announced vaccination requirements, but that could change in the next month.

The silence is irking some pro-vaxxers, such as this one who expressed his disappointment with the Wynn in replying to a tweet announcing the Wynn Fall Classic schedule:

While both the Venetian and Wynn series will focus on No-Limit Hold’em, both plan to offer some variety. The Venetian will host several of its usual Survivor tournaments in which 10% of the field each gets the same prize for outlasting the rest of the field, as well as a few Omaha formats, including Pot-Limit, Pot-limit High-Low, and Big O.

The Wynn intends to host HORSE, PLO, and PLO8 events during its festival.

Written by
Johnny Kampis
Johnny Kampis -- the author of "The Essential Guide to Vegas during the World Series of Poker" and "Vegas or Bust: A Family Man Takes on the Poker Pros" -- has been making the summer trek to Las Vegas from Alabama since 2004. When not playing poker, he's a professional journalist who's written for American Spectator, Fox News, HuffPost, Watchdog.org, and many others. He currently writes for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and serves on the FCC's media advisory panel.

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