Poker fans will be thrilled that live-action poker is not dead; the Venetian in Las Vegas is slated to host the first Main Event in 2021. While 2020 has been a difficult year for live poker, and everything else, for that matter, the Mid-States Poker Tour goes live.
Despite the lingering symptoms of the COVID-19 shutdowns, poker rooms are slowly recovering. And to prove it, the Mid-States Poker Tour announced that its 12th season will indeed take place at the Venetian, with the first event scheduled for New Year’s Day, 2021.
The Main Event features $250,000 in guaranteed prize money, with a buy-in of $1,100.
Details of the Mid-States Poker Tour Main Event
Every player who registers for the Main Event will receive 25,000 chips to start. Every 40 minutes, blind levels will increase. Late registration for the event will remain open until 6:25 pm PST. The event organizers added two starting flights, on January 1 and January 2. On January 3, players returned to the tables to compete until the champion was crowned.
The Venetian Las Vegas
Using romantic Venice Italy as its inspiration, the Venetian is by far the most luxurious hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Architectural replicas of famous Venetian landmarks including the Lion of Venice Column, the Palazzo Ducale, Piazzetta di San Marco, Piazza San Marco, St Mark’s Campanile, the Column of Saint Theodore, and the Rialto Bridge set the resort apart from all others.
The Venetian also includes the high-end luxury Grand Canal Shoppes, and the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum opened, featuring its collection of fine art and old masters. Every inch of the resort glitters with old-world luxury and style.
The resort’s exclusive Asian-inspired TAO Nightclub features an infinity pool filled with koi, a 20 foot tall Buddha statue, a luxury terrace with fabulous views of the Strip, two dance rooms, and eight private “skyboxes” with mini-bars. On top of the nightclub are TAO Beach, the Venetian’s pool party, and the day club.
The Venetian is also home to four theaters; The Venetian Theater, The Palazzo Theater, The Opaline Theater, and The Sands Showroom.
COVID-19 Protocols at the Venetian
Due to Nevada’s COVID-19 restrictions, players are required to wear masks and use hand sanitizer frequently. The 8-handed poker tables at the Venetian have Plexiglass dividers to enforce social distancing, and the poker room sanitizes these dividers as new players come to the table.
Dealers must also sanitize their hands frequently, and a new deck of cards is used every two hours.
The Mid-States Poker Tour
The Mid-States Poker Tour takes place yearly, and poker players from all over the country look forward to playing. Unfortunately, this year, the tour was cut short due to the widespread casino shutdowns. In March, the tour was stopped completely and did not resume until August. Only a handful of Mid-State events took place before the shutdowns hit.
Back in November, the Mid-States Poker Tour finished up season 11 in Las Vegas at the Venetian. The first event to play out then was a $1,100 tournament that drew more than 1,100 players.
During the November tournaments, Landon Tice was crowned champion for the first event, taking home more than $200,000. The second event saw more than 1,200 players enter, but it was Korey Payne who claimed the championship.
Poker fans will be happy to know that the Mid-States Poker Tour will return to the Venetian on February 4 through 6, for Poker Bowl Main Event 172, with a $350,000 guarantee.
After that, the tour moves to the Grand Falls Casino, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. That regional event features a $50,000 guarantee.
The Mid-States Poker Tour returns to the Venetian in June, for a full month of live, poker action. Event organizers haven’t set a guarantee yet, but this month-long poker extravaganza should be epic.