Venetian Hosting Las Vegas’ First Live Tournament Series Since COVID-19 Lockdown
The Venetian kickoff its “DeepStack Showdown” live poker tournament series on September 7.
This is the first live tournament series in Las Vegas since the coronavirus shutdown.
The DeepStack Showdown features $400,000 in total guarantees, spread across 32 events and will run until September 27.
The poker festival is taking place at the Venetian Poker Room.
The strong desire of poker players to return to the live felts was evident during the opening day, with the first event smashing its $10,000 guarantee. The $250 buy-in No Limit Hold’em SuperStack attracted a field of 268 entries, generating $54,940 in total prize pool.
The Venetian Leads The Way
The Venetian Casino was among the first to reopen its doors to customers on June 5. Its poker room also got back into action on the same day, but with reduced hours and limited capacity. The Venetian also initially offered only cash games and no tournaments, in compliance with the guidelines and health protocols set by the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB).
The Venetian poker room gradually offered tournament-style games by hosting single-table sit-n-gos, and later shootout events, making it the first poker room in the city to offer multi-table tournaments.
The poker room went on to host one-day tournaments in July, and after seeing massive support from the poker community, it decided to run a bigger event, the Deepstack Showdown Poker Series, which was supposed to take place in March but was postponed due to the global health emergency brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ensuring The Safety of Staff and Players
The venue is well-prepared to host the series, according to tournament director Tommy LaRosa. The new-look room is now equipped with hand sanitizer stations, and has plexiglass dividers installed at each table to ensure strict social distancing. Chips, cards, tables, and chairs are sanitized regularly, and wearing of face mask is mandatory.
LaRosa said the establishment is enforcing these measures to provide a safe avenue for players to play and enjoy the game. They form part of the “Venetian Clean Commitment” announced by the Venetian Resort Las Vegas when it resumed operations back in June.
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The newest edition of the Deepstack Showdown offers lower guarantees compared to tournaments before the COVID-19 shutdown, but LaRosa is confident it will still gain tremendous support from players, as was the case with their single-day tournaments. He said everything is still subject to adjustments, according to the level of participation.
The ongoing DeepStack Showdown will culminate in the $400 buy-in MonsterStack no-limit hold’em event which comes with a $100,000 guarantee. The Main Event runs from Sep 23 to Sep 27.