From June 7-9, Binion’s Gambling Hall in downtown Las Vegas will play host to the Legends Classic Series (LCS), the nation's first televised senior poker tour. The tour will allow players 45 years of age and older, and will be sport a pro team consisting of some of the game's most accomplished “seniors.”
The Legends pro team includes four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Tom McEvoy; 2004 WSOP stud bracelet winner Cyndy Violette; the personable Kenna James; 2005 WSOP runner-up Steve Danneman; 2006 World Poker Tour Legends Ladies Champion JJ Liu; two-time bracelet winner Hoyt Corkins; 2004 WSOP bracelet winner Kathy Liebert; and 2004 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Raymer.
“The new mantra ‘45 is the new 50’ will give the senior in waiting the opportunity they have been waiting for. By opening up our age range, we make the prize pools larger, the playing fields more dynamic and the opportunities to play in a completely comfortable field of their peers,” said CEO Tina Bergstrom. “LCS players will have a wide variety of game options from no limit hold'em to H.O.R.S.E. and bounty events."
Bergstrom continued: "I realize it's a bit unconventional to have a senior poker tour allowing the 45-49 year olds and call them ‘seniors,’ but poker isn't a conventional game, so we wanted to shake it up a bit and the response has been amazing. We are bringing back the fun and entertaining characters everyone grew up watching on poker television.”
Here’s some information on the LCS launch tournament, which features a $240 buy-in:
- When: June 7-9, 2014
- Where: Binion’s Gambling Hall
- Day 1a: June 7 at 11 a.m. — players start with 20,000 in chips
- Day 1b: June 8 at 11 a.m. — players start with 20,000 in chips (both flights will allow reentry)
- Details: All blind levels begin at 35 minutes for Day 1a and 1b, Day 2 will feature 40-minute levels and the final table will be 50-minute levels
Bergstrom concluded: "Players can navigate our website and get up to the minute poker news, highlights of our events and teasers of some upcoming special projects which include our televised final tables and live action.”
The LCS is expected to announce tournament dates for summer and fall of 2014. For more information visit legendsclassicseries.com.