Beyond the WSOP: Venetian Championship Poker Series Begins Monday

The Venetian’s Championship Poker Series will kick off the summer tournament season in Las Vegas on Monday, with a schedule welcoming players for three months of events.

Venetian Poker room Vegas

The Venetian Championship Poker Series schedule begins on May 2, kicking off the Las Vegas summer tournament season. This is the longest of the summer festivals, lasting three months. (Image: Twitter/VenetianPoker)

That schedule includes a whopping 133 events spread out between the kickoff and the series’ end on July 31, with more than $22 million in guaranteed prize money. As with most festivals, most tournaments will focus on No-Limit Hold’em, although the CPS will also feature more than a dozen events incorporating the four most popular forms of Omaha (Pot-Limit, Pot-Limit High-Lo, Big O, and Limit Hi-Lo).

Variety-packed tourney schedule

The Venetian will also offer plenty of variety among its No-Limit Hold’em events. The well-liked Survivor events populate several dates on the schedule. These run much like super satellites, with 10% of the field equally splitting the prize pool.

The CPS also features “monster bounty” events. Bounties aren’t awarded until the money is reached, but the prize is more than the initial buy-in. In the $400 events, for example, bounties will be worth $500 each.

As in previous years, the Mid-States Poker Tour will be part of the CPS. The MSPT kicks off at the Venetian this summer with a $1,600 No-Limit Hold’em event on June 6 with a $2 million guarantee. The June 12 MSPT event has an $1,100 buy-in and comes with a $1.5 million guaranteed prize pool.

In all, the CPS will host eight events with guaranteed prize pools in the seven figures, including:

  • $2,500 Ultimate Bounty (June 19-21) with $1 million guaranteed
  • $1,100 Ultimate Stack (June 21-25) with $1.5 million guaranteed
  • $1,100 Seniors Event (June 24-27) with $1 million guaranteed
  • $1,600 DeepStack Championship (June 29-July 3) with $1.5 million guaranteed
  • $2,400 NLHE (July 8-12) with $2 million guaranteed
  • $5,000 NLHE (July 12-17) with $4 million guaranteed

Most events will also award a coin, or a coin and a trophy. Bronze, silver, and gold coins are awarded, depending on the level of the buy-in.

Thanks to the World Series of Poker’s new location at Bally’s and Paris, the trip to the Venetian will be more convenient for those seeking alternate events. It’s a walkable one mile between these Strip casinos.

Aiming for comfort and value

Tommy LaRosa, poker director for the Venetian poker room, told CardsChat that the goal is to provide players with a well-rounded schedule each summer.

“This year, we have low-limit No-Limit Hold’em and various forms of Pot-Limit Omaha events that provide value in terms of starting chips, structures, and guarantees that are hard to beat anywhere, in addition to the higher buy-in events,” he said. “We also have shuffle machines on every table to assist in the pace of the game, and the comfort and spacing between tables allows for one of the most enjoyable poker-playing experiences around.”


Venetian Championship Poker Series schedule

Date Time Event Name
5/2 11:10 AM $400 No-Limit Holdem Monster Bounty $20K GTD
5/2 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $10K GTD
5/3 11:10 AM $400 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $100K GTD (Day 1A)
5/3 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $10K GTD
5/4 11:10 AM $400 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $100K GTD (Day 1B)
5/4 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $10K GTD
5/5 12:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack Freezeout $20K GTD
5/5 2:10 PM Venetian High Roller 12 – $10,000 No-Limit Holdem
5/6 11:00 AM $400 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack Freezeout $20K GTD
5/6 2:00 PM Venetian High Roller 13 – $10,000 No-Limit Holdem
5/7 11:10 AM $500 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack Freezeout $25K GTD
5/7 2:00 PM Venetian High Roller 14 – $15,000 No-Limit Holdem
5/8 10:10 AM $400 No-Limit Holdem Senior Monster Stack $20K GTD
5/8 2:10 PM $400 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty $10K GTD
5/9 11:10 AM $400 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $100K GTD (Day 1A)
5/9 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $10K GTD
5/10 11:10 AM $400 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $100K GTD (Day 1B)
5/10 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $10K GTD
5/11 12:10 AM $400 No-Limit Holdem Monster Bounty $20K GTD
5/11 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $10K GTD
5/12 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $200K GTD (Day 1A)
5/12 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $10K GTD
5/13 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $200K GTD (Day 1B)
5/13 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $10K GTD
5/14 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $200K GTD (Day 1C)
5/15 12:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack Freezeout $25K GTD
5/16 11:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $100K GTD (Day 1A)
5/16 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $10K GTD
5/17 11:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $100K GTD (Day 1B)
5/17 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $10K GTD
5/18 12:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $25K GTD
5/18 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $10K GTD
5/19 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Bounty $250K GTD (Day 1A)
5/19 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $10K GTD
5/20 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Bounty $250K GTD (Day 1B)
5/20 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $10K GTD
5/21 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Bounty $250K GTD (Day 1C)
5/22 11:10 AM March/April/May $500K Mystery Bounty Freeroll Invitational
5/22 1:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack Freezeout $25K GTD
5/23 11:10 AM $400 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $100K GTD (Day 1A)
5/23 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $10K GTD
5/24 11:10 AM $400 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $100K GTD (Day 1B)
5/24 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $10K GTD
5/25 12:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Bounty $50K GTD
5/25 6:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $15K GTD
5/26 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $200K GTD (Day 1A)
5/26 6:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $15K GTD
5/27 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $200K GTD (Day 1B)
5/27 2:10 PM $500 Pot-Limit Omaha $50K GTD (Day 1A)
5/27 6:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $15K GTD
5/28 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $200K GTD (Day 1C)
5/28 2:10 PM $500 Pot-Limit Omaha $50K GTD (Day 1B)
5/28 6:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $15K GTD
5/29 12:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack Freezeout $40K GTD
5/29 6:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $15K GTD
5/30 11:10 AM $800 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $300K GTD (Day 1A)
5/30 2:10 PM $600 Limit Omaha 8/OB $30K GTD
5/30 6:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $15K GTD
5/31 11:10 AM $800 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $300K GTD (Day 1B)
5/31 6:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $15K GTD
6/1 12:10 PM $1,100 No-Limit Holdem Monster Bounty $150K GTD
6/1 6:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $15K GTD
6/2 11:10 AM $800 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $100K GTD
6/2 2:10 PM $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty $50K GTD
6/2 6:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $40K GTD
6/3 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $75K GTD
6/3 6:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $40K GTD
6/4 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $75K GTD
6/4 2:10 PM $800 Pot-Limit Omaha/8 $75K GTD
6/5 11:10 AM $800 No-Limit Holdem Monster Bounty $100K GTD
6/5 4:10 PM $300 NLH Mega Satellite (5 seats GTD)
6/5 6:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $40K GTD
6/6 10:10 AM $300 NLH Turbo Mega Satellite (3 seats GTD)
6/6 11:10 AM $1,600 MSPT No-Limit Holdem $2M GTD (Day 1A)
6/6 2:10 PM $800 Pot-Limit Omaha $75K GTD
6/7 11:10 AM $1,600 MSPT No-Limit Holdem $2M GTD (Day 1B)
6/8 11:10 AM $1,600 MSPT No-Limit Holdem $2M GTD (Day 1C)
6/9 12:10 PM $1,100 No-Limit Holdem Double Stack $150K GTD
6/10 11:10 AM $1,110 No-Limit Holdem Monster Bounty $200K GTD
6/10 2:10 PM $800 Big O $100K GTD (Day 1A)
6/11 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $100K GTD
6/11 2:10 PM $800 Big O $100K GTD (Day 1B)
6/12 11:10 AM $1,100 MSPT No-Limit Holdem $1.5M GTD (Day 1A)
6/12 6:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $40K GTD
6/13 11:10 AM $1,100 MSPT No-Limit Holdem $1.5M GTD (Day 1B)
6/14 11:10 AM $1,100 MSPT No-Limit Holdem $1.5M GTD (Day 1C)
6/15 12:10 PM $1,100 No-Limit Holdem Double Stack $200K GTD
6/16 11:10 AM $1,100 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $200K GTD
6/16 6:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $40K GTD
6/17 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $100K GTD
6/17 $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty $100K GTD
6/18 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $100K GTD
6/18 $300 NLH Turbo Mega Satellite (5 seats GTD)
6/18 6:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $40K GTD
6/19 $300 NLH Turbo Mega Satellite (5 seats GTD)
6/19 11:10 AM $2,500 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Bounty $1M GTD (Day 1A)
6/19 $800 Pot-Limit Omaha / Pot-Limit Omaha 8/OB $75K GTD
6/20 11:10 AM $2,500 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Bounty $1M GTD (Day 1B)
6/21 11:10 AM $1,100 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack Freezeout $1M GTD (Day 1A)
6/21 6:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $40K GTD
6/22 11:10 AM $1,100 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack Freezeout $1M GTD (Day 1B)
6/22 6:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $40K GTD
6/23 11:10 AM $1,100 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack Freezeout $1M GTD (Day 1C)
6/24 10:10 AM $1,100 No-Limit Holdem Seniors $1M GTD (Day 1A)
6/25 10:10 AM $1,100 No-Limit Holdem Seniors $1M GTD (Day 1B)
6/25 6:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $40K GTD
6/26 11:10 AM $800 No-Limit Holdem Monster Bounty $150K GTD
6/26 $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha 8/OB $100K GTD
6/27 11:10 AM $1,100 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $200K GTD
6/27 6:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $40K GTD
6/28 11:10 AM $1,600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Bounty $300K GTD
6/28 $800 Big O $75K GTD
6/28 $300 NLH Turbo Mega Satellite (5 seats GTD)
6/29 $800 No-Limit Holdem Super Seniors (60+) $75K GTD
6/29 11:10 AM $1,600 No-Limit Holdem Deep Stack Championship $1.5M GTD (Day 1A)
6/29 6:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $40K GTD
6/30 11:10 AM $1,600 No-Limit Holdem Deep Stack Championship $1.5M GTD (Day 1B)
6/30 $800 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty $75K GTD
7/1 11:10 AM $1,600 No-Limit Holdem Deep Stack Championship $1.5M GTD (Day 1C)
7/2 12:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $100K GTD
7/2 6:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $40K GTD
7/3 11:10 AM $800 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $150K GTD
7/3 $500 No-Limit Holdem Ladies $40K GTD
7/3 6:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $40K GTD
7/4 11:10 AM $800 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $150K GTD
7/4 2:10 PM $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha $200K GTD (Day 1A)
7/5 11:10 AM $800 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $150K GTD
7/5 2:10 PM $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha $200K GTD (Day 1B)
7/6 11:10 AM $1,100 No-Limit Holdem Monster Bounty $200K GTD
7/6 6:10 PM $400 NLH Mega Satellite (5 seats GTD)
7/7 11:10 AM $1,100 No-Limit Holdem $200K GTD
7/7 6:10 PM $400 NLH Mega Satellite (5 seats GTD)
7/8 11:10 AM $2,400 No-Limit Holdem WPT $2M GTD (Day 1A)
7/8 6:10 PM $400 NLH Mega Satellite (5 seats GTD)
7/9 11:10 AM $2,400 No-Limit Holdem WPT $2M GTD (Day 1B)
7/10 11:10 AM $2,400 No-Limit Holdem WPT $2M GTD (Day 1C)
7/11 12:10 PM $1,100 No-Limit Holdem $200K GTD
7/11 6:10 PM $600 NLH Mega Satellite (10 seats GTD)
7/12 10:10 AM $600 NLH Mega Satellite (10 seats GTD)
7/12 11:10 AM $5,000 WPT No-Limit Holdem $4M GTD (Day 1A)
7/12 8:00 PM $600 NLH Turbo Mega Satellite (5 seats GTD)
7/13 11:10 AM $5,000 WPT No-Limit Holdem $4M GTD (Day 1B)
7/14 11:10 AM $5,000 WPT No-Limit Holdem $4M GTD (Day 1C)
7/15 3:10 PM $1,100 No-Limit Holdem Turbo Double Stack $100K GTD
7/16 11:10 AM $800 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $300K GTD (Day 1A)
7/16 2:10 PM $600 Limit Omaha 8/OB $50K GTD
7/17 11:10 AM $800 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $300K GTD (Day 1B)
7/17 2:10 PM $600 Limit Omaha 8/OB $50K GTD
7/18 11:10 AM $800 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $300K GTD (Day 1C)
7/19 12:10 PM $600 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack Freezeout $40K GTD
7/19 6:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $15K GTD
7/20 11:10 AM $400 No-Limit Holdem Monster Bounty $20K GTD
7/20 6:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $15K GTD
7/21 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Epic Stack $250K GTD (Day 1A)
7/21 6:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $15K GTD
7/22 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Epic Stack $250K GTD (Day 1B)
7/23 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Epic Stack $250K GTD (Day 1C)
7/24 12:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $25K GTD
7/25 11:10 AM $400 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $100K GTD (Day 1A)
7/25 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $10K GTD
7/26 11:10 AM $400 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $100K GTD (Day 1B)
7/26 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $10K GTD
7/27 12:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack $25K GTD
7/27 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $10K GTD
7/28 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $200K GTD (Day 1A)
7/28 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Survivor $10K GTD
7/29 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $200K GTD (Day 1B)
7/30 11:10 AM $600 No-Limit Holdem Ultimate Stack $200K GTD (Day 1C)
7/31 12:10 PM $400 No-Limit Holdem Monster Stack Freezeout $25K GTD
7/31 6:10 PM $300 No-Limit Holdem Bounty $10K GTD
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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