Venetian Deeps Stacks Killing It; Caesar’s MegaStacks Not

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by , Jun 8, 2009 | 5:55 pm


Pokerati player Jerry Randack is making a run at the Venetian HORSE final table today.

First off, some props to some Pokerati peeps scoring in the Venetian Deeps Stacks. Today, Team Pokerati player Jerry Randack made it to Day 2 in the $500+50 HORSE. We’re trying to follow him on twitter today, but, you know … some people don’t quite get how that works yet.

Also, big kudos to La Sengphet and Chui Kim from Dallas. La took part in a three-way chop in a $300+30 last week that paid her $24k. Chui followed that up the next day with a 4th place finish for $17k.

The Venetian tournaments are setting record numbers — with field sizes ranging from 500+ players to more than 800 in both $300 and $500 NLHs. Not sure yet on the HORSE event …

Meanwhile, the competing smaller buy-in skill-based tourneys across Las Vegas Blvd. at Caesar’s — the MegaStacks — are seeing very different results. According to one of our spies on the ground, answering the question of how it’s going over there:

Horrible. They canceled their $1k on Sunday because of lack of entrants. A player at Venetian said he went over their first, and they had 9 entries as of 11:30, one of whom was Jerry Yang. I saw Yang sit down in the Venetian tourney as a late entry at about 1:15.

NOTE: Bellagio has also affected the non-WSOP summer tourney landscape, re-upping their nightly tourney buy-in to $1,000.

4 Comments to “Venetian Deeps Stacks Killing It; Caesar’s MegaStacks Not ”

  1. Hannah

    Maybe it’s cause the cheap-ass marketing gurus at Caesars won’t serve name-brand liquor in the poker room…serves ’em right!!!

  2. Kevin Mathers

    Another reason would be the 10k main event seat that’s non-refundable or transferrable they take out of the prize pool.

  3. Poker Shrink

    The lower buy-in events at Binion’s seem to be drawing fine but not so much at the Golden Nugget across Fremont Street.

  4. brdpoker

    Caesar’s just changed all their buy-ins to the MegaStacks to $330 and removed the main event seat from the equation.

    A little too late for that this series probably, but maybe they’ll compete a little better next time.