Wynn, Venetian Announce Fall Poker Tournament Schedules
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Just as the Globe Series of Poker announced it will call for vaccinations for participants, the Venetian and the Wynn revealed their fall poker tournament schedules with nary a word about shot needs.
Venetian’s DeepStack Championship II will run Sept. 27 to Nov. 28, although the Wynn Fall Classic will run Sept. 30 via Nov. 21. Both series boast guaranteed prize pools above $10 million. The Venetian’s most significant event will be a three-day, $two,500 No-Limit Hold’em Card Player Poker Tour event with a $1 million assure that starts Nov. 11. The Wynn will host a three-day, $3,500 No-Limit Hold’em championship occasion beginning Oct. 29 with a $three million assured prize pool.
Both schedules were released late in the week, about the very same time that Caesars blew up the pokerverse by saying it will require vaccinations for players at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino this year. That announcement created a sturdy dividing line amongst players for and against the requirement. Following FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 on Monday, several businesses have announced vaccination requirements for personnel and clients.
Numerous players on poker forums, Facebook groups, and Twitter mentioned they would boycott the WSOP this year, sparking this inspired tweet:
Lol to the men and women who say they are “boycotting” the @WSOP due to the fact of the vaccine mandate. You can’t boycott some thing you are not permitted to attend
— Sasha Salinger (@sashasalinger) August 28, 2021
Some of these expressing disdain for Caesars’ decision said they’d take their organization elsewhere in Las Vegas and focus on other tournament series. Several rivals strategy to run tournament series concurrent with the WSOP, as they typically do in the summer season. Beyond Venetian and Wynn, the Golden Nugget and Orleans have announced festivals for the fall. None of them have but announced vaccination specifications, but that could alter in the next month.
The silence is irking some pro-vaxxers, such as this one who expressed his disappointment with the Wynn in replying to a tweet announcing the Wynn Fall Classic schedule:
The Wynn has fallen beneath the Rio throughout WSOP when it comes to player overall health. 😳
— Paul Smith (@pauls551) August 28, 2021
Even though both the Venetian and Wynn series will focus on No-Limit Hold’em, both program to provide some variety. The Venetian will host a number of of its usual Survivor tournaments in which ten% of the field each gets the same prize for outlasting the rest of the field, as effectively as a couple of Omaha formats, such as Pot-Limit, Pot-limit Higher-Low, and Big O.
The Wynn intends to host HORSE, PLO, and PLO8 events in the course of its festival.