Wednesday 28th March, 2018

Vegas Summer 2018 Tournament Lowdown

By Mark Valentine

The World Series of Poker may grab a lot of poker headlines, but it’s by no means the only big event happening in Las Vegas this summer. Tear yourself away from the Rio, and there’s a ton of other tourney offerings around the city.


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Big festivals are taking place throughout May, June and July, with buy-ins to suit players of all kinds. These include the 2018 ARIA Poker Classic, the Venetian’s DeepStack Extravaganza III and the 2018 Phamous Poker Series Goliath at Planet Hollywood along with the Golden Nugget’s Grand Poker Series, Binion’s Poker Jam and the Wynn Summer Classic.


Vegas summer – at a glance

World Series of PokerRio, 78 events, May 30 to July 17
2018 Phamous Poker Series Goliath
- Planet Hollywood, 73 events, May 24 – July 15
2018 ARIA Poker Classic – ARIA, 66 events, May 26 to July 8
DeepStack Extravaganza III – the Venetian, 150 events, May 14 – July 29
Grand Poker Series – Golden Nugget, 84 events, May 29 - July 3
Binions – Binions, TBC
Wynn Summer Classic – the Wynn, TBC


Aria Poker Classic
The 2018 ARIA Poker Classic runs June 2 to July 9 at the ARIA Resort and Casino and is one of several series offering a lower buy-in alternative to the World Series of Poker at the Rio.  The Aria Poker Classic schedule features a $400 NL morning tournament and a $240 NL evening tournament on most days, with an occasional extra tournament thrown in.


The flagship event on the schedule is the WPT500, a giant $565 buy-in event featuring nine different starting flights; the first seven take place once a day from June 25 through to July 3 (at 11 am PT each day). The final two “turbo” flights on Sunday, July 1 – at 11 am and 7 pm.  Day 2 is on Monday, July 2 with the tournament’s final the next day. This is the fourth WPT500 at ARIA. All events on the ARIA Poker Classic schedule, with the exception of the $1k NLH and the WPT500, are one-day tournaments.


The Venetian’s summer DeepStack Extravaganza III remains one of the most popular series on offer in Las Vegas, despite the anti-online poker stance of owner Sheldon Adelson. This year, the Venetian poker room is going bigger than ever before, with 150 events and more than $31 million in guaranteed prize pools.

The DeepStack Extravaganza III takes place May 15 to July 23 with a wide variety of events, including no-limit hold'em, pot-limit Omaha, Omaha 8-or-Better and Big O, with buy-ins ranging from $200 to $10,000.


Planet Hollywood
The popular Planet Hollywood poker series kicks off May 24 — almost a full week before the WSOP — and runs through until July 13, with more than $7.5 million in guaranteed prize pools. The 2018 Phamous Poker Series Goliath opens with THE BIG BILL, five separate $10,000 GTD event with a $100 buy-in. There are a several other GOLIATH Stack events during the series, highlighted by the Goliath Milly ($1m guaranteed) on June 6, the $2m guaranteed GOLIATH 2018 Main Event on June 30 and The Low Roller ($100  Guaranteed) on July 10.

Golden Nugget
The Golden Nugget's annual Grand Poker Series is back for a 12th edition this summer. The series, which runs alongside the World Series of Poker and several other poker series during the summer in Las Vegas, runs from May 29 through July 3 with a total of 84 events.

The Grand Poker Series is one of several lower-buy-in options available during this summer, with most tournaments ranging from $150 to $570. While the series features predominantly no-limit hold'em events, a handful of Omaha, stud and other mixed game tourneys are also in the mix. The Grand Poker Series is certainly considered to be one of the better tournament series for low-stakes players, and the downtown location makes it a must-visit destination in its own right.

The biggest buy-in event this year is the $1,000 Seniors Super High Roller on June 16. It's one of the  Seniors events at the Golden Nugget running from June 16/17 and conveniently ties in with the WSOP’s Seniors events on June 15 and June 18.

The 2018 Grand Poker Series finishes with a $500K Guarantee NLH tournament from June 28-July 3. The $570 buy-in event has three starting flights and always draws big attendance..

Binion's Poker Classic
Binion’s Gambling Hall is the place that made poker famous and is an iconic destination among poker players for its unmatched legacy. Binion's has a feast of tourneys on offer this summer including a great mix of non-No Limit Hold’em events. The schedule for this summers series is coming soon, and we will publish it as soon as it is available!



Wynn Summer Classic
The annual Wynn Summer Classic returns this year This summer features a Main Event with a $1.5 Million Guarantee and a host of events to suit new players and regulars at this annual series.