It is no real surprise that the World Series Of Poker completely overshadows every other tournament on the poker radar during the summer months, however with that tournament all but over it is time for us to have a little peak at what else happened during the summer months.
Unsurprisingly a lot of the recent action was still confined to the city of Las Vegas; they like to keep the players there as long as possible, so there are tournaments directly before the WSOP as well as after and even at the same time.
One such tournament was the Venetian Deepstacks Series, which was by far the biggest side attraction to the WSOP this summer. There were over 400 entries into the Main Event which had a nice buy – in amount of $5,000, the event was of course a No Limit Hold’Em tournament and had a very healthy prize pool of $1.8 million. It was Tim West who finally came away with the spoils, taking home a rather nice payday of $444,000.
This series also included plenty of side tournaments, of which we will mention one. It was Maxime Conte who won the $1,600 No limit hold’em side event and managed to walk away with a respectable $133,000.
There were two more Vegas events of note throughout the summer, both of which could boast respectable first place winnings of $250,000. The first one which is the Belaggio Cup, which actually used to be a WPT event, managed this prize by making it a whopping $10,000 buy-in.
There were just 126 players which included a whole host of big names including Jesse Yawitz and Eric Panayiotou who battled it out to finish first and second respectively, handing both of them winnings over $200k in prize money after making the final table.
The other $250k first place tournament was the Caesars Mega Stack Series, they didn’t achieve the prize pool with a large buy-in though, they did it with sheer player numbers. There were over 1600 players all willing to part with $1,000 for the Main Event; the winner was Jonas Lauck who won a first prize of $260,765 for his troubles.
The last tournament we will look at is the Borgata which was hosting yet another Deep Stack Tournament. The Main Event guaranteed a prize pool of $250,000, though the guarantee was never needed as more than double the amount of entrants ensured that the prize was easily met. The winner was Cuong Phung who managed to beat the entire field of 600 to take home $140,214.
It just goes to show that there is life before and after the WSOP, and in this case even during it. However, when the WSOP takes centre stage…nothing else gets a look in.