Summer Poker: A Complete Tournament Guide for Las Vegas and Beyond (Updated June 1)

May 20, 2021
Summer Poker: A Complete Tournament Guide for Las Vegas and Beyond (Updated June 1)

The warmer weather is almost here and poker players should be ready to get back in the live tournament mix as summer approaches. The World Series of Poker has been moved to the fall, but many tournament series are on tap in Las Vegas and beyond.

USPoker offers players a complete guide to heading back to Sin City. Here are previews of each series as well as complete schedules and links. Players will also find World Poker Tour events planned this summer as well as online poker events from the WSOP.

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Wynn Summer Classic

The Wynn is hoping to fill the void left by the WSOP. The property has announced the new “Wynn Millions” tournament as the highlight of the Wynn Summer Classic.

The series runs May 27 to July 12 with more than 30 events and a varied schedule with some major guarantees. The $10,000 Wynn Millions highlights the series and runs June 25 to July 2 with a $10 million guarantee. The property offers one of the nicest poker rooms in Las Vegas and traditionally awards trophies to winners.

“In its inaugural year, we expect the Wynn Millions to attract professional and seasoned amateur players from around the world,” Wynn executive director of poker operations Ryan Beauregard said.

“We’re hopeful that the super-sized guarantee of $10 million emphasizes our goal of making the Wynn Millions a staple event for years to come, adding to our already world class tournament schedule.”

Wynn Summer Classic Schedule

The entire Wynn Summer Classic guarantees more than $16 million. Players will find tournaments featuring Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, HORSE, and there are also seniors and ladies events. A few other highlights include:

  • $1,100 NLHE  (May 28) – $1 million guaranteed
  • $600 NLHE (June 7) – $250,000 guaranteed
  • $1,600 NLHE (June 17) – $1 million guaranteed
  • $500 NLHE (June 10) – $500,000 guaranteed

Most events feature multiple starting flights. CLICK HERE for a complete schedule

Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker SeriesThe Venetian has launched the first post-pandemic major poker tournament series in Las Vegas.

The Venetian is long known for its poker scene – from major tournament series to cash games. This summer, the property once again runs the popular DeepStack Series.

The festival features 121 events and runs through Aug.1. The entire series features more than $15 million in guaranteed prize pools. Beyond the big guarantees, many events also award trophies or bronze coins to winners.

The $5,000 WPT Venetian tournament highlights the series from June 2-7 with $3 million guaranteed. A $2,400 WPTDeepStacks event is also set for June 9-13 with $2 million guaranteed. Here’s a look at a few other highlights.

  • $600 UltimateStack (May 27-30) – $250,000 guaranteed
  • $1,100 Mid-States Poker Tour (June 2-7) – $1.5 million guaranteed
  • $1,600 MSPT (June 10-14) – $2 million guaranteed
  • $800 UltimateStack (June 28 – July 1) – $400,000 guaranteed

The series also features seniors and ladies events as well as some events for Omaha players. CLICK HERE to check out the complete schedule.

World Poker Tour

Beyond the Venetian events listed above, the WPT also has some events in store for players this summer outside Las Vegas. The $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa kicks things off in Florida from June 18-22 with a $2 million guarantee.

The $3,700 WPT Choctaw then runs in Oklahoma from July 23-27 with a $1 million guarantee. More events will be added here as they are announced. Here’s a look at the complete schedule of what’s coming up.

WPT Summer 2021 Events

DateEventBuy-inGuaranteeLocation
June 18-22WPTSeminole Hard Rock Tampa$3,500$2,000,000Tampa, Florida
July 2-7WPT Venetian$5,000$3,000,000Las Vegas
July 9-13WPTDeepStacks Venetian$2,400$2,000,000Las Vegas
July 23-27WPT Choctaw$3,700$1,000,000Durant, Oklahoma
 

US Poker Open (Aria/PokerGO)

Aria will host all the US Poker Open high stakes action from June 3-15. The casino will showcase multiple big buy-in events. Fans can expect to see all their favorite big name players in these tournaments.

The 12 events are part of the recently announced PokerGO Tour and will play out from inside the PokerGO Studio.

All tournaments are two-day events with each final table streamed exclusively on PokerGO at 4 pm (ET). Some highlights include: 

  • $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha  (Event 2, June 4) 
  • $10,000 Eight-Game (Event 6, June 8) 
  • $50,000 High Roller (Event 12, June 14) 

Here’s a look at the complete schedule:

2021 USPoker Open

DateEventBuy-in
June 9#7 - $10,000 No Limit Hold'em$10,000
June 10#8 - $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha$10,000
June 11#9 - $10,000 No Limit Hold'em$10,000
June 12#10 - $10,000 Short Deck$10,000
June 13#11 - $25,000 No Limit Hold'em$25,000
June 14#12 - $50,000 No Limit Hold'em$50,000

PokerGo Cup & Heads Up Championship (Aria/PokerGO)

Aria continues the action with another high roller series, the new PokerGO Cup. The festival features eight events and runs July 1-8 and PokerGO will stream each tournament.

Aria also hosts the $100,000 PokerGO Heads-Up Championship featuring a field of 32 players on July 12. Other notable PokerGO Cup events include:

  • $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha  (Event 2, July 2) 
  • $25,000 Short Deck (Event 4, July 4) 
  • $100,000 High Roller (Event 8, July 8) 

Here’s a look at the complete schedule:

2021 PokerGO Cup

   
Jul 01#1 - $25,000 No Limit Hold'em$25,000
Jul 02#2 - $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha$25,000
Jul 03#3 - $25,000 No Limit Hold'em$25,000
Jul 04#4 - $25,000 Short Deck$25,000
Jul 05#5 - $25,000 No Limit Hold'em$25,000
Jul 06#6 - $25,000 Big Bet Mix$25,000
Jul 07#7 - $50,000 No Limit Hold'em$50,000
Jul 08#8 - $100,000 No Limit Hold'em$100,000
Jul 12PokerGO Heads-Up Championship$100,000
 

Orleans Summer Poker Series

Located just minutes from The Strip, the Orleans Casino offers summer action for anyone’s bankroll size. The Summer Series offers buy-in ranges from $150-$600 and comes with over $2.5 million in guaranteed prize money. 

The series runs from June 11 to July 22 and includes many different styles of poker. Players can expect to see No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha (including Hi/Lo), HORSE, and Seven Card Stud

The Orleans caters to players of all levels and also hosts a $400 Seniors Championship on June 13. Some other highlighted events include:

  • $400 PLO Hi/Lo Championship (multiple days, June 15) – $50,000 guaranteed
  • $400 Pot Limit Omaha (two-day event, June 26) – $50,000 guaranteed
  • $400 HORSE Championship (two-day event, June 27) – $40 ,000 guaranteed
  • $300 NLHE (July 11) – $50,000 guaranteed
  • $600 NLHE Championship (multi-day flights, July 15) – $500,000 guaranteed

Here’s a look at the complete schedule:

Orleans Summer Poker Series

DateTournamentBuy-inGuarantee
June 11NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
June 11NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
June 12NLHE$ 300 $ 50,000
June 12NLHE Bounty ($50)$ 200 $ 15,000
June 13NLHE Seniors Day 1$ 400 $ 50,000
June 13O/8$ 150
June 14NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
June 14NLHE Seniors Day 2
June 14NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
June 15PLO/8 Day 1$ 400 $ 50,000
June 15NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
June 16NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
June 16PLO/8 Day 2
June 16NLHE$ 150 $ 10,000
June 17Mixed Triple Stud Day 1$ 400 $ 40,000
June 17NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
June 18NLHE Day 1A$ 300 $ 222,222
June 18Mixed Triple Stud Day 2
June 18NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
June 19NLHE Day 1B$ 300 $ 222,222
June 19NLHE Day 1C$ 300 $ 222,222
June 20NLHE Day 1D$ 300 $ 222,222
June 20NLHE Day 1E$ 300 $ 222,222
June 21NLHE Day 2
June 21NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
June 22NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
June 22NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
June 23NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
June 23PLO/8$ 150 $ 10,000
June 24PLO Bounty ($100)$ 300 $ 20,000
June 24NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
June 25NLHE Bounty ($100)$ 300 $ 20,000
June 25NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
June 26PLO Day 1$ 400 $ 50,000
June 26NLHE Bounty ($50)$ 200 $ 15,000
June 27HORSE Day 1$ 400 $ 40,000
June 27PLO Day 2
June 27NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
June 28NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
June 28HORSE Day 2
June 28ROSE$ 150 $ 10,000
June 29NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
June 29NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
June 30NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
June 30PLO/8$ 150 $ 10,000
July 1NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
July 1NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
July 2Mixed Triple Draw$ 200 $ 10,000
July 2NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
July 3NLHE$ 300 $ 50,000
July 3NLHE Bounty ($50)$ 200 $ 15,000
July 4NLHE$ 300 $ 50,000
July 4HORSE$ 150 $ 10,000
July 5NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
July 5NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
July 6NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
July 6NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
July 7NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
July 7PLO/8$ 150 $ 10,000
July 8NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
July 8NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
July 98-Game$ 300 $ 20,000
July 9NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
July 10NLHE$ 300 $ 50,000
July 10NLHE Bounty ($50)$ 200 $ 15,000
July 11NLHE$ 300 $ 50,000
July 11O/8-Stud/8$ 150 $ 10,000
July 12NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
July 12NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
July 13NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
July 13NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
July 14NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
July 14PLO/8$ 150 $ 10,000
July 15NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
July 15NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
July 16NLHE Main Day 1A$ 600 $ 500,000
July 16NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
July 17NLHE Main Day 1B$ 600 $ 500,000
July 17NLHE Main Day 1C$ 600 $ 500,000
July 18NLHE Main Day 1D$ 600 $ 500,000
July 18NLHE Main Day 1E$ 600 $ 500,000
July 19NLHE Main Day 2
July 19NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
July 20NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
July 20NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000
July 21NLHE$ 200 $ 25,000
July 21PLO/8$ 150 $ 10,000
July 22NLHE Final Table Freeroll $ 15,000
July 22NLHE$ 150 $ 20,000

South Point Casino

South Point Casino gets in the major tournament poker action with the Benny Binion Summer Shootout this summer. The $2,200 main event runs June 10-12 and comes with a $256,000 guarantee.

South Point also hosts the Mini Series June 11-22 featuring increased guarantees on many of its regular events. Poker players will have their choice of multiple daily No Limit Hold’em events. 

The casino will also host $250 Omaha Hi/Lo tournaments with $10,000 guaranteed on June 15, 17, and 22. Here’s a look at the complete South Point summer poker schedule.

2021 South Point Benny Binion Shootout, Mini Series

DatesEventBuy-inGuarantee
June 10-12Benny Binion Summer Shootout Main Event$2,200$256,000
Sun - Fri (June 11-22); 10:05 amNLHE$60$5,000
Daily (June 11-22); 6:05 pmNLHE$250$50,000
Daily (June 11-22); 10:05 pmNLHE$60$3,000
June 15, 17, 22; 12:05 pmOmaha Hi/Lo$250$10,000
Daily, except Tues & Thursday (June 11-22); 2:05 pmNLHE$60$10,000

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WSOP Online

For players in Nevada and New Jersey this summer, WSOP.com hosts the WSOP Online from July 1 to Aug. 1. The series awards 33 championship gold bracelets and is meant to fill the void with the WSOP moved to the fall.

Two highlights include the $777 Lucky Sevens tournament on July 7 and $888 Crazy Eights on July 8. On July 25 , players will find the $7,777 Lucky Sevens High Roller and $500 Big 500 Encore.

The $1,000 PLO Championship is set for July 26 and the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship runs July 31. Here’s a look at the complete schedule:

2021 WSOP Online

DateEventTournamentBuy-in
July 11No Limit Hold'em The BIG 500 Kick-Off$500
July 22WSOP Event #2 No Limit Hold'em MonsterStack$600
July 33No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack$500
July 44No Limit Hold'em Super Turbo$500
July 55No Limit Hold'em 8-Max$1,000
July 66No Limit Hold'em Deepstack$2,000
July 77No Limit Hold'em Lucky 7's$777
July 88No Limit Hold'em Crazy Eights$888
July 99No Limit Hold'em 6-Max$400
July 1010No Limit Hold'em$333
July 1111No Limit Hold'em Ultra Deepstack$400
July 1212No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack$500
July 1313No Limit Hold'em Freezeout$1,000
July 1414No Limit Hold'em$500
July 1515No Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezeout$5,300
July 1616PLO8 6-Handed$600
July 1717No Limit Hold'em 8-Max$400
July 1818No Limit Hold'em North American Open$1,000
July 1919PLO Crazy Eights - 8 Handed$888
July 2020No Limit Hold'em High Roller$3,200
July 2121PLO 6-Handed$600
July 2222No Limit Hold'em Knockout$600
July 2323No Limit Hold'em Turbo$500
July 2424No Limit Hold'em MonsterStack$400
July 2525No Limit Hold'em Lucky 7's High Roller$7,777
July 2526No Limit Hold'em The BIG 500 Encore$500
July 2627PLO Championship$1,000
July 2728No Limit Hold'em High Roller Championship$3,200
July 2829No Limit Hold'em 8-Max Turbo Deepstack Championship$800
July 2930No Limit Hold'em 6-Max Championship$600
July 3031No Limit Hold'em Summer Saver$500
July 3132No Limit Hold'em Championship$1,000
Aug. 133No Limit Hold'em Grand Finale$500

WSOP Online Circuit Series

WSOP.com is also hosting Online Circuit events each month throughout the year. The series awards players with championship gold rings and replaces traditional live WSOP Circuit series.

Dates have been posted for the online circuits but events have not been scheduled at this time. Here’s a look at the coming schedules:

  • Summer Online Circuit (June 10-27) – 18 ring events
  • Bally’s Online Circuit (July 16-27) – 12 ring events
  • Rio Online Circuit (Aug. 20-31) – 12 ring events

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