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.