[toc]New Jersey poker players can win entry to one of the biggest poker tournaments on the planet this month. Through Dec. 3, PlayMGM Poker is offering satellites to the World Poker Tour’s Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio.
Players can win their seat to the big event with as little as $10. These $10 and $55 qualifiers will feed toward the $535 satellites that will run each Sunday this month at 5:20 p.m. E.T.
Each $535 satellite guarantees at least one $12,000 prize package winner. The package will cover the entry fee to the tournament as well as $1,600 for travel expenses.
Bellagio will also award a free night of accommodation to winners. The Five Diamond World Poker Classic is set to begin on Dec. 5, and will conclude on Dec. 10.
WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic is a big deal
This tournament is the only World Poker Tour event to run every single season of the tour’s existence. Past winners include:
- Gus Hansen
- Daniel Negreanu
- Joe Hachem
- Antonio Esfandiari.
As such, Five Diamond World Poker Classic is one of the few children of the poker boom still alive and kicking. Though its number of entrants has gone through ups and downs, last year’s event drew 791 participants.
Those 791 players created a prizepool which exceeded $7.6 million dollars. The eventual winner, James Romero, took home $1.9 million of that pool. All nine final tablists earned at least $100,000 for their efforts.
Bellagio tournament is one of the majors
It would not be an overstatement to refer to this event as one of the majors. It is hard to find a tournament outside of the WSOP Main Event that will draw as much attention or money as this one.
As you may have gathered, a $12,000 prize package must mean a large tournament fee. In fact, each seat will cost players $10,400, $10,000 of which will enter the prize pool.
Of the WPT’s events, only the LA Poker Classic at Commerce rivals this event in terms of its entry fee requirements. No other WPT tournament comes close to it.
The action also takes place at Bellagio, a casino that has defined elegance and class since its inception. Poker players from around the world will flock to this venue for their chance at immortality.
For New Jersey players, a mere $10 could open the door for someone to become a name in the poker world. New Jerseyans have an excellent opportunity to get in on the action this year.