The Venetian Releases DeepStack Championship Poker Series Schedule

Matthew Clark March 8, 2018 2523 Reads
Venetian DeepStacks Extravaganza III

One of the biggest summer poker series in Las Vegas, Nevada is on the books for 2018. The Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker schedule features 150 events and more than $31 million in guarantees between May 14 and July 29. Players can expect a smorgasbord of events from the $200 buy-in level all the way up to $5,000. No Limit Hold’em dominates the schedule with Bounty, Big Blind Ante and everything in-between.

According to Venetian Tournament Director Tommy LaRosa, the $31 million in guarantees is what jumps out among the legion of tournaments.

“My goal was to create a schedule of can’t-miss poker tournaments that the players want to see and ultimately participate in,” LaRosa said. “The $31 million in guaranteed tournament prize pools is what stands out the most. It’s either the largest or close to the largest total guarantee ever offered.”

Venetian and MSPT expand partnership

The lone foothold for the Mid-States Poker Tour in Las Vegas is at The Venetian. The series plays branded events across the year. This summer, that schedule is expanded to five tournaments all of which include a live-streamed final table.

Buy-in levels for these events are $600, $1,100, $1,600, $3,500, and $5,000. The minimum guarantee is $1 million. Formerly, the $1,100 event was the only MSPT event on the schedule. This year’s guarantee for that tournament is a whopping $3,500,000.

LaRosa looks forward to what the live streaming aspect of final tables will do for the Venetian DeepStack series. This is the introduction of live streams to The Venetian’s repertoire of tournaments.

“This summer, The Venetian Poker Room and Mid-States Poker Tour team up for five events at various buy-in levels. All of these events will have ‘live’ reporting by the MSPT team for at least a portion of the event, and all of these Final Tables will be ‘live’ streamed at msptpoker.com.”

New convention space

The days of cramming thousands of players into The Venetian Poker Room and surrounding sportsbook are gone. This year, 103 tables are available in the Sands Expo Convention Center starting on Saturday, May 26. With up to four events running per day in the heart of the summer, players can look forward to maximized space and little to no lines for alternates.

Bring on the big blind ante

Players want the big blind ante in their events and The Venetian offers it in 16 tournaments this summer and is available at all buy-in levels. Certain $400, $600, and $1,100 single-day events carry the big blind ante along with the $3,500 MSPT event and the two $5,000 Main Events.

LaRosa took a practical approach to instituting the big blind ante to please the full spectrum of players who play Venetian Deepstack summer events.

“For me, it mostly came down to the one-day events where it is very important for players to maximize the number of hands they see,” LaRosa noted. “Of course, with the popularity of this format amongst a number of professional players, I chose to offer it with our highest buy-ins as well.”

Mixed Games represented

Demand for mixed games is on the mind of all Las Vegas operators when constructing the summer calendar. The Venetian has a strong quota of games to choose from with new Pot Limit Omaha variants fresh on the menu.

Single-day PLO and PLO/8 tournaments fill in a few days. The grand addition is the $1,600 PLO MonsterStack 8Max event. The three-day MTT opens on Friday, June 1 and carries a $250,000 guarantee with players starting at a stack of 35,000.

Other mixed events include H.O.R.S.E., OE, and PLO Progressive Bounty.

More new events to choose from

The Venetian is keeping players entertained with new tournaments across the summer. LaRosa looks forward to rolling the additions out with the PLO Monster Stack among his favorites.

“I think all four new MSPT events will be a huge hit, but I am also excited to offer a few new events including our $1,600 NLH (6Max) $750K guarantee, $1,600 PLO (6Max) $150K guarantee, $1,600 PLO MonsterStack (8Max) $250K guarantee, $1,100 NLH Summer Savers I and II; both with $1 million guarantees, as well as the $400 NLH NightStack with a $1 Million Guarantee, which should be one of the best valued events all summer.”

The Summer Savers that LaRosa speaks of match up against the end of the World Series of Poker schedule following the start of the Main Event. It will be interesting to see how the numbers from the respective series match up against one another with overlap among major events.

Keeping player feedback in mind

LaRosa is active on Twitter in responding to player feedback. Responses to various tweets inspired some of the makeup for the final draft of the Venetian Deepstack schedule.

“Player feedback is very important to me, which is why I seek their opinion every year on our twitter page @venetianpoker. I love to see the ideas they come up with and what events they are passionate about. If they are excited for an event, I just think it makes sense to try to offer it in some way.”

2018 DeepStack Championship Poker Series Schedule

Date Time Event Guarantee
May 14 12:00 PM $340 No Limit Hold’em DoubleStack Day 1A* $100,000
7:05 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Bounty $9,000
May 15 12:00 PM $340 No Limit Hold’em DoubleStack Day 1B* $100,000
7:05 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $9,000
May 16 12:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack (Big Blind Ante) $40,000
7:05 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy $10,000
May 17 12:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack Day 1A* $150,000
7:05 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $9,000
May 18 12:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack Day 1B* $150,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy $17,000
May 19 12:00 PM $400 SuperStack Day 1C* $150,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $12,000
May 20 12:00 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy $25,000
2:00 PM $400 Omaha 8/B $12,000
7:05 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack $10,000
May 21 12:00 PM $340 No Limit Hold’em DoubleStack Day 1A* $100,000
7:05 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $9,000
May 22 12:00 PM $340 No Limit Hold’em DoubleStack Day 1B* $100,000
7:05 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Bounty $9,000
May 23 12:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack (Big Blind Ante) $40,000
7:05 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy $10,000
May 24 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack Day 1A* $250,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $15,000
May 25 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack Day 1B* $250,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy $25,000
May 26 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack Day 1C* $250,000
2:00 PM $400 PLO $20,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $20,000
May 27 11:00 AM $400 No Limit Hold’em Seniors $25,000
12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack (Big Blind Ante) $75,000
2:00 PM $400 PLO 8/B $20,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack $25,000
May 28 11:00 AM $200 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
12:00 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Summer Kick Off Day 1A* $500,000
4:00 PM $600 Omaha 8/B Day 1A* $100,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $25,000
May 29 12:00 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Summer Kick Off Day 1B* $500,000
4:00 PM $600 Omaha 8/B Day 1A* $100,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack $25,000
May 30 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack (Big Blind Ante) $200,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $20,000
May 31 11:00 AM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack Day 1A* $500,000
6:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em NightStack Day 1A* $1 Million
June 1 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack Day 1B* $500,000
2:00 PM $1,600 PLO MonsterStack 8-Max (3 Day) $250,000
7:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Bounty $25,000
June 2 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack (Big Blind Ante) $100,000
4:00 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
7:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $25,000
June 3 11:00 AM $200 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
12:00 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Day 1A (3 Day) $3.5 Million
4:00 PM $600 H.O.R.S.E* $50,000
7:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack $25,000
June 4 12:00 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Day 1B (3 Day) $3.5 Million
4:00 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
7:05 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Progressive Bounty $75,000
June 5 12:00 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Day 1C (3 Day) $3.5 Million
4:00 PM $800 PLO Bounty (8Max)* $88,888
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $75,000
June 6 12:00 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Day 1D (3 Day) $3.5 Million
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $75,000
June 7 12:00 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $400,000
4:00 PM $600 BIG O* $75,000
7:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em NightStack Day 1B* $1 Million
June 8 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack* $400,000
7:05 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’emTurbo $75,000
June 9 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Day 1A (3 Day) $1 Million
4:00 PM $800 PLO 8/B 8-Max* $88,888
7:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Survivor $40,000
June 10 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Day 1B (3 Day) $1 Million
4:00 PM $1,600 PLO 6-Max* $150,000
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $75,000
June 11 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Day 1C (3 Day) $1 Million
7:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Bounty $50,000
June 12 11:00 AM $600 No Limit Hold’em Seniors (50+) Day 1A* $600,000
1:00 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em DoubleStack* $250,000
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Survivor $50,000
June 13 11:00 AM $600 No Limit Hold’em Seniors (50+) Day 1B* $600,000
1:00 PM $600 PLO 8/B $75,000
7:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $50,000
June 14 12:00 PM $1,600 No Limit Hold’em (6Max)* $750,000
6:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em NightStack Day 1C* $1 Million
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
June 15 11:00 AM $600 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
12:00 PM $800 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max Day 1A* $800,000
2:00 PM $5,000 No Limit Hold’em MSPT (Big Blind Ante) (3 Day) $1 Million
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Bounty $75,000
June 16 12:00 PM $800 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max Day 1B* $800,000
6:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack $75,000
10:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em SuperTurbo $10,000
June 17 12:00 PM $800 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max Day 1C* $800,000
4:00 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
7:05 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo $75,000
June 18 12:00 PM $1,600 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Day 1A (3 Day) $3 Million
4:00 PM $600 Omaha 8/B* $100,000
7:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $50,000
June 19 12:00 PM $1,600 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Day 1B (3 Day) $3 Million
4:00 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $75,000
June 20 12:00 PM $1,600 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Day 1C (3 Day) $3 Million
7:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack $50,000
June 21 12:00 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Bounty $300,000
1:00 PM $600 Omaha 8B / STUD 8B $50,000
6:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em NightStack Day 1D* $1 Million
June 22 12:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em MonsterStack* $200,000
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $75,000
June 23 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack Day 1A* $500,000
1:00 PM $1,100 PLO 8/B 8-Max $100,000
5:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack Day 1B* $500,000
10:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em SuperTurbo $10,000
June 24 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack Day 1C* $500,000
4:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
6:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em NightStack Day 1E* $1 Million
June 25 12:00 PM $3,500 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Day 1A (Big Blind Ante) (4 Day) $3.5 Million
1:00 PM $1,100 PLO Bounty 6-Max $100,000
4:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
6:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack $75,000
June 26 11:00 AM $400 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
12:00 PM $3,500 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Day 1B (Big Blind Ante) (4 Day) $3.5 Million
2:00 PM $500 No Limit Hold’em LIPS Ladies* $40,000
6:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em NightStack Day 1F* $1 Million
June 27 11:00 AM $400 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite Turbo 5 Seats
12:00 PM $3,500 No Limit Hold’em MSPT Day 1C (Big Blind Ante) (4 Day) $3.5 Million
6:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em NightStack Day 1G* $1 Million
June 28 12:00 PM $1,600 No Limit Hold’em Bounty* $700,000
7:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $50,000
June 29 12:00 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack (Big Blind Ante) $400,000
6:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em NightStack Day 1H* $1 Million
June 30 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em MonsterStack Day 1A* $750,000
1:00 PM $1,100 PLO 8/B* $100,000
5:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em MonsterStack Day 1B* $750,000
10:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em SuperTurbo $10,000
July 1 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em MonsterStack Day 1C* $750,000
5:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em MonsterStack Day 1D* $750,000
July 2 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em MonsterStack Day 1E* $750,000
1:00 PM $600 Omaha 8B / STUD 8B* $50,000
7:05 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Progressive Bounty $75,000
July 3 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack (Big Blind Ante) $200,000
1:00 PM $400 PLO Progressive Bounty $20,000
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Turbo $40,000
July 4 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack (Big Blind Ante) $200,000
4:00 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
7:05 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $40,000
July 5 12:00 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Summer Saver I Day 1A (3 Day) $1 Million
1:00 PM $600 PLO / PLO 8B* $75,000
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $75,000
July 6 12:00 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Summer Saver I Day 1B (3 Day) $1 Million
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Bounty $75,000
July 7 1:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack* $200,000
July 8 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack (Big Blind Ante) $200,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
July 9 11:00 AM $400 Omaha 8/B $20,000
12:00 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Summer Saver II Day 1A (3 Day) $1 Million
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
July 10 12:00 PM $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Summer Saver II Day 1B (3 Day) $1 Million
July 11 1:00 PM $600 MonsterStack* $200,000
July 12 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack (Big Blind Ante) $200,000
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Survivor $50,000
July 13 11:00 AM $600 No Limit Hold’em Seniors SuperStack (50+)* $50,000
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
July 14 11:00 AM $600 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
12:00 PM $5,000 No Limit Hold’em CPPT Day 1A (Big Blind Ante) (5 Day) $2 Million
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 5 Seats
July 15 12:00 PM $5,000 No Limit Hold’em CPPT Day 1B (Big Blind Ante) (5 Day) $2 Million
7:05 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em Mega Satellite 2 Seats
July 16 7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Bounty $15,000
July 17 12:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack (Big Blind Ante) $35,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack $25,000
July 18 12:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack (Big Blind Ante) $35,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $15,000
July 19 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack Day 1A* $250,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack $25,000
July 20 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack Day 1B* $250,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Bounty $15,000
July 21 12:00 PM $600 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack Day 1C* $250,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $15,000
July 22 12:00 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy $25,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack $25,000
July 23 12:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack (Big Blind Ante) $35,000
7:05 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $9,000
July 24 12:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Closer Day 1A* (Play down to 5%) $400,000
7:05 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $9,000
July 25 12:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Closer Day 1B* (Play down to 5%) $400,000
7:05 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy $10,000
July 26 12:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Closer Day 1C* (Play down to 5%) $400,000
7:05 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Progressive Bounty $9,000
July 27 12:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Closer Day 1D* (Play down to 5%) $400,000
7:05 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy $12,000
July 28 12:00 PM $400 No Limit Hold’em Closer Day 1E* (Play down to 5%) $400,000
7:05 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em SuperStack $20,000
July 29 12:00 PM $300 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy $25,000
2:00 PM $400 PLO Bounty $12,000
7:05 PM $200 No Limit Hold’em Bounty $9,000

*two-day event