WSOP: Carnivale of Poker returns to Vegas next month

Media release

There was a time when the Carnivale of Poker was one of the most popular and prestigious tournaments in Las Vegas. From 1998-2000 the Carnivale of Poker attracted huge crowds to the Rio and Harrah’s in Las Vegas. Now, the Carnivale of Poker is making a much-anticipated comeback as a side attraction on the world’s biggest poker stage.

This summer, alongside the World Series of Poker, another big attraction awaits those coming to Las Vegas. The Carnivale of Poker will be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino from June 3-July 14.

These dates coincide with the WSOP, which is being held at the Rio during the same time. Nothing will change in relation to the WSOP but what’s new and different this year is the additional tournament options and opportunities for poker players.

“We’re very excited to bring the Carnivale of Poker back to the Rio once again,” Jack Effel, WSOP Tournament Director, said. “It’s a part of the Rio’s rich history and those who participated in the original event series will remember it fondly. We can’t think of a bigger and better stage to bring it back than here with the WSOP.”

The renewed and revamped Carnivale of Poker will include 21 total events. Buy-ins will start as low as $365, making this series similar to what takes place on the WSOP Circuit – although there are nearly twice as many events. Most tournaments will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays, starting at 11am at the Rio.

To celebrate this year’s return of the Carnivale of Poker, the Rio will be giving away an additional USD $100,000 in prize money to be distributed among the top 10 performers throughout the 21 combined events which are part of the tournament series. The top 10 players who earn a piece of the bonus will be determined through a cumulative points system. These points will be awarded and accumulated based on a player’s finish in each event.

Each of the 21 event winners will also receive a commemorative Carnivale of Poker gold medallion. The festival will be topped off by a $1675 buy-in Carnivale of Poker Main Event, which starts on July 11. This tournament will feature two starting flights – similar to the way WSOP Circuit Main Events are conducted. A full explanation of the 2013 Carnivale of Poker points system can be found at WSOP.com.

Carnivale of Poker schedule

June 3 $365 No Limit Hold’em (two-day event)
June 4 $580 No Limit Hold’em (two-day event)
June 4, $365 Omaha Hi-Low Split – Eight or Better (two-day event)
June 10 $365 No Limit Hold’em (two-day event)
June 11 $580 No Limit Hold’em (two-day event)
June 11 $365 H.O.R.S.E. (two-day event)
June 17 $365 No Limit Hold’em (two-day event)
June 18 $580 No Limit Hold’em (two-day event)
June 24 $365 No Limit Hold’em (two-day event)
June 25 $580 No Limit Hold’em (two-day event)
June 29 $560 No Limit Hold’em Bounty (one-day event)
July 1 $365 No Limit Hold’em (two-day event)
July 2 $580 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed (two-day event)
July 2 $365 Pot Limit Omaha (two-day event)
July 8 $365 No Limit Hold’em (two-day event)
July 8 $250 Mega Satellite for Carnivale of Poker Main Event
July 9 $580 No Limit Hold’em (two-day event)
July 9 $250 Mega Satellite for Carnivale of Poker Main Event
July 10 $1125 No Limit Hold’em (two-day event)
July 8 $250 Mega Satellite for Carnivale of Poker Main Event
July 11 $1625 No Limit Hold’em Main Event day 1A (four-day event; players who bust out of 349A can re-enter day 1B)
July 11 $250 Turbo Mega Satellite for Carnivale of Poker Main Event
July 12 $1625 No Limit Hold’em Main Event day 1A (four-day event; players who bust out of 349A can re-enter day 1B)
July 13 $580 No Limit Hold’em (two-day event)
July 13 $5000 Open Face Chinese (two-day event)
July 14 $365 No Limit Hold’em (two-day event)

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