Vegas poker alternatives to the WSOP this summer

Every summer for many years now, Vegas becomes the world’s poker mecca. Players do not just come to play the World Series of Poker events at the Rio themselves, they also flog to about half a dozen other poker rooms to battle it out on the felt. provides you with a concise overview of the poker series action all over Sin City this summer.

Besides the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino and it’s 89-event strong World Series of Poker, there are seven other poker rooms in town offering juicy guarantees and tons of action from May to July.


Wynn Summer Classic

  • Event Dates: 30th May to 16th July
  • Number of events: 42
  • Guarantees: $11,250,000
  • Buy-ins: $400 to $1,600

The Wynn Summer Classic is one of the most anticipated tournament series each year. The dates will run alongside the WSOP timeline and so cover poker players’ schedules beautifully with worthy alternatives.

The highlight of this series is the $1,600 NLHE Championship Main Event with three starting days and a cool $2 million guaranteed.

Key events

  • 4th June: $1,600 NLHE ($350,000 guaranteed)
  • 9th June: $1,100 NLHE Seniors Event ($250,000 guaranteed)
  • 11th-14th June: $1,100 NLHE ($1.5 million guaranteed)
  • 23rd June: $1,600 NLHE ($350,000 guaranteed)
  • 25th June: $400 NLHE Ladies Event ($50,000 guaranteed)
  • 25th-27th June: $1,100 PLO Championship ($500,000 guaranteed)
  • 7th July: $1,100 NLHE Seniors Event ($250,000 guaranteed)
  • 11th-15th July: $1600 NLHE Championship Main Event ($2 million guaranteed)

More information

The Wynn poker room is located in the sister casino Encore. Be prepared for long wait times or register early.

An overview of all series events can be found on the Wynn Poker website.


Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series

  • Event Dates: 13th May to 28th July
  • Number of events: 163
  • Guarantees: $24 million
  • Buy-ins: $200 to $5,000

With 163 tournaments (including satellites) the Venetian is offering the biggest series besides the WSOP this summer. There will not be a Main Event as such, but incorporated into the series are the Mid-States Poker Tour and the Card Player Poker Tour with their own respective main events.

Key Events

  • 23rd-26th May: $600 NLHE DoubleStack ($250,000 guaranteed)
  • 27th-29th May: $1,100 NLHE Summer Kick Off ($400,000 guaranteed)
  • 30th June-1st July: $600 NLHE MonsterStack ($250,000 guaranteed)
  • 3rd-8th June: $1,100 NLHE MSPT ($3 million guaranteed)
  • 7th June: $1,100 NLHE DoubleStack ($250,000 guaranteed)
  • 8th-10th June: $1,100 NLHE MonsterStack ($500,000 guaranteed)
  • 10th-12th June: $800 NLHE Seniors Event ($750,000 guaranteed)
  • 14th-17th June: $600 NLHE EpicStack ($750,000 guaranteed)
  • 17th/18th June: $500 NLHE LIPS Ladies Event ($50,000 guaranteed)
  • 17th-21st June: $1,600 NLHE MSPT ($3 million guaranteed)
  • 21st-24th June: $600 NLHE EpicStack ($750,000 guaranteed)
  • 24th-27th June: $3,500 NLHE ($2 million guaranteed)
  • 26th-29th June: $1,100 NLHE MonsterStack ($1 million guaranteed)
  • 30th June-6th July: $600 NLHE Night Stack ($500,000 guaranteed)
  • 5th-7th July: $1,100 NLHE Summer Saver I ($1 million guaranteed)
  • 9th-11th July: $1,100 NLHE Summer Saver II ($1 million guaranteed)
  • 16th-20th July: $5,000 NLHE CPPT Main Event ($2 million guaranteed)
  • 23th-28th July: $400 NLHE Closer ($250,000 guaranteed)

More Information

You will find these big events in the Sands Expo hall rather than the poker room.

An overview of all series events can be found on the Venetian poker website.


Aria Poker Classic

  • Event Dates: 2nd June to 14th July
  • Number of events: 78
  • Guarantees: over $1 million
  • Buy-ins: $240 to $1,100

Most days during this series, the Aria will host two events a day. The highlight here will be the WPT500 event 21st to 27th June. The guarantee for this event has yet to be confirmed.

Key Events

  • 12th June: $470 NLHE Seniors Event ($100,000)
  • 16th June (2-day): $1,100 H.O.R.S.E. ($50,000 guaranteed)
  • 18th June: $350 NLHE Ladies Event
  • 19th June: $470 NLHE Seniors Event ($100,000)
  • 21st-27th June: $500 NHE WPT500 (guarantee TBD)
  • 2nd July (2-day): $1,100 NLHE ($100,000 guaranteed)

More Information

The events will take place in and around the poker room at the Aria.

For more information contact the Aria poker room.


Planet Hollywood Goliath PHamous Poker Series

  • Event Dates: 28th May to 7th July
  • Number of events: 93
  • Guarantees: over $4 million
  • Buy-ins: $100 to $1,700

The PH Goliath events are one level up from the casino floor and are known to be fun. There is a wide range of buy-ins and besides guaranteed prize pools, the series often also awards guaranteed first place payouts.

Key Events

  • 29th-31st May: $100 NHE The C-Note ($100,000 guaranteed)
  • 2nd-5th June: $250 NLHE Goliath Quarter Milly ($250,000 guaranteed)
  • 5th-7th June: $600 NLHE Goliath Half Milly ($500,000 guaranteed)
  • 14th June: $600 NLHE Seniors Event ($100,000 guaranteed)
  • 18th June: $300 NLHE Ladies Event ($50,000 guaranteed)
  • 2nd July (3-day): $1,700 NLHE Main Event ($1 million guaranteed)

More Information

There is only a schedule draft available that has been posted on Twitter. More details and confirmations will come in the near future.

Keep an eye on the Planet Hollywood Poker Twitter account.

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Golden Nugget Grand Poker Series

  • Event Dates: 18th May to 8th July
  • Number of events: 130
  • Guarantees: over $3 million
  • Buy-ins: $120 to $600

One of the two Downtown poker locations, the Golden Nugget has been excelling in tournament series in recent summers. This non-Strip event is definitely worth checking out.

Key Events

  • 30th May-2nd June: $200 NLHE ($300,000 guaranteed)
  • 6th-9th June: $200 NLHE Ultimate Re-Entry ($200,000 guaranteed)
  • 16th June: $400 NLHE Seniors Championship
    ($100,000 guaranteed)
  • 19th June: $150 NLHE Ladies Event ($10,000 guaranteed)
  • 20th-23rd June: $200 NLHE Ultimate Re-Entry ($200,000 guaranteed)
  • 27th-30th June: $600 NLHE Championship ($600,000 guaranteed)
  • 4th-7th July: $200 NLHE Ultimate Re-Entry ($200,000 guaranteed)

More Information

All events are taking place in the Grand Ballroom and the schedule can be found on the Golden Nugget Poker website.


The Orleans Summer Poker Series

  • Event Dates: 28th May to 7th July
  • Number of events: 79
  • Guarantees: $2 million
  • Buy-ins: $130 to $400

The Orleans keeps surprising with exciting tournament series, especially when it comes to mixed games. Half of the events in this series are non-NLHE.

Key Events

  • 1st June: $400 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship ($50,000 guaranteed)
  • 2nd June: $400 H.O.R.S.E. Championship ($50,000 guaranteed)
  • 8th June: $400 Eight-Game Championship ($50,000 guaranteed)
  • 16th June: $400 PLO Championship ($50,000 guaranteed)
  • 21st-23rd June: $300 LIPS Ladies Championship
  • 23rd June: $400 PLO8 Championship ($50,000 guaranteed)
  • 29th June-1st July: $400 NLHE Championship ($200,000 guaranteed)

More Information

Find the full schedule on the Orleans poker room website.


Binion’s Summer Series

  • Event Dates: 1st June to 1st July
  • Number of events: 56
  • Buy-ins: $75 to $1,100

Besides the Golden Nugget, Binion’s is the only remaining poker room in Downtown Las Vegas. During the series a main feature will be the daily $75 rebuy tournament and several events in different variants.

Key Events

  • 19th-22nd June: $1,100 PLO Championship
  • 23rd-26th June: $1,100 NLHE Championship
  • 28th June-1st July: $1,100 H.O.R.S.E Championship

More Information

For more information, contact Binion’s poker room.