WPBT Winter Classic 2010

It’s that time again.

Well, it will be THAT time in about 5 months. But right now it’s that other time, the time where we start planning for and looking forward to THAT time.

For those of you unaware, THAT time I’m referring to is the WPBT Winter Classic; the annual poker blogger gathering in the happiest place on earth – Las Vegas. If you’ve never been before, consider this your open invitation and welcome. If you’ve never missed a gathering before and have no intent of starting now, fantastic. If you haven’t been in years but are planning a triumphant return, even better. Here’s what you need to know.

WHEN: The tournament will be held Saturday, December 11th. Folks will start to trickle in Thursday night, December 9th. Come for as long as you can!

WHERE: Tournament will be held at Aria. If you’ve never checked the place out before, now’s your chance! Cards in the air at noon.

HOW MUCH: Buyin will be $100+$20. For simplicity sake, we’re using the Aria Nightly Tournament structure. Start with T8000 and 25/50 with levels increasing every 30 minutes. For point of reference, last year at Caesar’s we started with T7500 and 20 minute levels.

WHERE TO STAY: Many people have booked at the MGM Grand already, thanks to the awesome specials they’ve been running. (And happen to be running right now). However, if you were to choose to stay at Aria, God knows I would not argue with you. Have you SEEN those rooms? They’re amazing. I will absolutely cheat on the MGM Grand with Aria should the opportunity present. If you choose to stay at the IP (looking at you Dawn Summers) I might have you committed.

OTHER STUFF: Tradition will hold and Thursday night the 9th you’ll find us at the Geisha Bar at the IP (but don’t try to text anyone!!!) and Friday night we have the MGM set up for private cash games. Specifically, I reserved table 16. “Ace Finder!” Sunday is always spent in the sportsbook, if we want to do Legasse’s again I will leave that to someone with a bigger credit card limit than I. ;)

GET ON THE LIST: Because it worked so well last year, there will again be a Facebook invite for the tournament sign-ups. For you Luddites please go ahead and comment here or email me. Just be sure to keep track of what name you sign up with, as you’ll need to give it to the cage when you buyin for the tourney.

NEXT STEPS: Start saving your roll, find a flight, secure your party pass from your spouse, and book a room! We want to see you!!

Thanks go out to CK for making introductions at Aria, to Adam Altwies in the Aria poker room, and as always much thanks to Mike Green with the MGM poker room, who continues to take good care of us and has a secure spot on my list of favorite people.

Questions? You know where to find me.

Aria photo from FlipChip at LasVegasVegas.

24 thoughts on “WPBT Winter Classic 2010

  1. StB says:

    Another awesome job!

  2. Katie says:

    So excited that the tourney will be at Aria. I love their room! :)

  3. Astin says:

    Not a Luddite, just don’t like signing pacts with evil. Either way, I am, of course, in for the tournament.

  4. CJ says:

    You’re awesome, as always. I’m still trying to figure out if I can go.

    If I’m going, I’ll work on Legasse’s. If not, I may pass that on to Pauly since I think he was going to work with them on March Madness.

  5. Dawn Summers says:

    So this is where I say “I don’t know, I’m not sure” and instead of getting a super cheap ticket and low cost room at a fancy hotel end up paying inflated prices the day before and staying at the IP for ten dollars…

  6. April says:

    Please. You’re coming and we all know it. Book the damn room now cause it’s cheap, and you’ve got plenty of time on flights.

  7. Easycure says:

    Even I’m going, and I’ve been unemployed for a year. The lack of responsibility made the decision quite easy. EZ

  8. Pauly says:

    Thanks for setting this up April. No matter what anyone says — this is a thankless task and I dunno if folks understand how much work this is. So let me give you a hearty and overall “THANK YOU” for your efforts.

    FYI, I will NOT be setting up a Sunday sports book thing — I got screwed last year and had to pay a few hundred out of pocket b/c several poker bloggers shorted their portion of the bill at Lagasse’s Stadium. I will happily attend a Sunday function, but I will not undertake that sort of responsibility again.

  9. TanOrpheus says:

    Wow, this is sooo tempting having only just got back ! I have to sensible for at least a week though before I start looking at 10 hour flights again…!

  10. CJ says:

    Ah, okay Pauly.

    I’ll take on the Lagasse task, but I’ll need to come up with a way to make sure no one gets screwed this time. I won’t be flying out until Monday, so I’ll be there through all the games.

    And Pauly…I’ll cover your drinks and food!

  11. April says:

    CJ, I think it would be awesome if they would let us run individual tabs once we’ve met the room minimum. Pauly got stuck cause he stayed till the end and a lot of people had left already.

    Just a thought! If they can do it, awesome. If not, we’ll make someone serve as bouncer. :)

  12. Gentleman Jim says:

    I was born big and tall to be a bouncer. There is nothing that I can control that will keep me from being at the winter gathering.

  13. ObieVIP says:

    No Facebook, but I am in for sure!

  14. PirateLawyer says:

    It’s been a couple of years – this post means I’m definitely planning on a WPBT trip this year. Thanks for posting details so I can plan ahead!

  15. BrainMc says:

    Flight and hotel are booked. Count me in for drinks Thursday and the tournament on Saturday.

  16. Poker Shrink says:

    Monte Carlo has $37 weekday rates (plus $14 resort fee) and you can walk inside to the Aria poker room.

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  18. Grange95 says:

    Having survived Dawn Summers on my home turf this week, I just booked my traditional late December Vegas solo trip a couple of weeks early to take on Dawn on a neutral court (well, that rules out Imperial Palace). I’m just a rookie on the poker-blogging scene and only have met a handful of y’all personally, but this sounds like an event too fun to pass up.

  19. Carl Nauroth says:

    First-timer. Will do tourney, but Sunday’s spoken for. “Off the Strip” is where Eagle fans gather, and I bleed Eagle green. All gang greeners invited: corner of Tropicana & Grand Canyon Drive. Food is super.

  20. BurnThis says:

    I was already planning on being there, the scene of my one and only tournament win. Can lightning strike again (and can I get pocket kings three times again, holding up each time)?

  21. Blinders says:

    I’m in, if it is not to late. I don’t do the face book.

  22. The Good says:

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