Hold’em for the Holidays: Wynn, Bellagio, Venetian Offer Big Tournament Guarantees in December

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With the holiday season upon us, poker rooms in Las Vegas are vying for the poker-playing public’s attention with big tournament offerings prior to the end of 2017, including a new tournament series at the Wynn, and some classic competitions at Bellagio and Venetian.

Wynn and Encore casinos in Las Vegas
Pool season may be over, but the Wynn is just one of several Strip casinos offering guaranteed poker tournament prizes in December in Las Vegas. (Image: Wynn Las Vegas)

Wynn Signature Weekend

Wynn Las Vegas is gearing up at the Encore, with a special $250,000 guaranteed poker tournament serving as the centerpiece of its Wynn Signature Weekend.

This $545+55 no-limit hold’em event is set to get underway on Nov. 30, with satellites opening the day prior. The tournament features three starting days and will conclude after four days of action on Dec. 3.

An $80 super satellite will take place on Nov. 29. On that same day, a $360+40 seniors event with $25,000 guaranteed will be open to player 50 and older.

To cap off the mini-series on Dec. 3, a $270 + $30 Survivor tournament will guarantee entrants a $20,000 prize pool.

Bellagio Five Diamond Classic

Meanwhile, the Bellagio is in the middle of its annual World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic, which got underway on Friday, with the $10,000+400 main event wrapping up with a televised final table on Dec. 10.

In addition to the Five Diamond main event, the Bellagio is offering other pot-limit Omaha and no-limit hold’em tournaments, including a $25,000 buy-in high roller.

A hop-skip down the Strip at the Aria, the poker room will be offering a regular selection of daily $400 tournaments.

Venetian Holiday Deep Stacks

At the Venetian, players will have double vision. Under the banner of the Card Player Poker Tour, the Venetian’s Deep Stack Extravaganza will get underway on Dec. 4 with at least $900,000 in prize money up for grabs.

The 12-event series will kick off with a $40,000 guaranteed DoubleStack event that costs $400 to enter, and affords players 25,000-chip starting stacks to enjoy deep-stack play.

This holiday festival peaks with a $3,500 main event that has a $500,000 guarantee. Players in the four-day event will start with 40,000 chips and play through 60-minute levels until one player walks away with the lion’s share of the prize pool on Dec. 11.

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