COVID-19 Capacity Restrictions Won’t Stop Bally’s Poker Series

Bally’s, a Las Vegas poker room, is going forward with its upcoming poker tournament series despite the COVID-19 limited capacity restrictions. Businesses, including casinos, are currently limited to just 25% of the establishment’s maximum capacity, but the game of poker is still being dealt at card rooms all across town.

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Bally’s is one Las Vegas poker room that isn’t shutting down due to COVID-19. (Image: KTNV)

There have been very few major poker events across the country over the past nine months, but Bally’s Las Vegas bucked that trend last month, hosting its “Back in Action” poker series — its first since March — at its card room on the Vegas Strip. Now, Bally’s is raising the stakes with its upcoming Main Event Mania series starting next week.

Las Vegas Poker Scene Still Going Strong

Despite new COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak last week, poker in Las Vegas is doing fine. Some card rooms such as Aria decided to pause live tournaments until the restrictions are lifted. Others, including Orleans, simply moved the daily tournaments outside the main poker room onto the casino floor temporarily.

Over at Bally’s, a Caesars Entertainment property, an intriguing poker series is set for Dec. 10, despite the new capacity COVID-19 limitations. From Dec. 10 until Jan. 3, Bally’s will run it’s 32-event Main Event Mania series featuring daily tournaments and nightly mega-satellites. Highlights of the series include a $10,000 dealers choice event (Dec. 29) and a $1,500 Main Event that kicks off on New Year’s Day.

The Bally’s Las Vegas poker series begins with nine satellites into the $10,000 No-Limit Hold-Em World Championship (aka, the WSOP Main Event on For the first three days (Dec. 10-12), there will be three daily mega satellites into the hybrid online/live event, which starts in the US on Dec. 13. Buy-ins for those satellite tournaments range from $580 to $2,175.

Each night starting on Dec. 13, Bally’s will spread a satellite tournament into the next day’s live event, so there are plenty of ways to win entries into these tournaments on the cheap.

Other highlights of the Bally’s Las Vegas poker series include:

  • Event #6, $1,000 HORSE (Dec. 16)
  • Event #14, $1,000 Nine-Game Mixed (Dec. 20)
  • Event #28, $2,200 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em (Dec. 30)
Written by
Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.

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