From September 4-8, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma for the WinStar River Poker Series $2,500 buy-in reentry Main Event, which features a massive $2.5 million guarantee with $1 million reserved for the winner!
The Main Event is the culmination of the WinStar River Poker Series, a seven-event series that kicks off on Thursday, August 27 with a $350 + $50 Reentry Event, which boasts a $300,000 guarantee. Other tournaments on the schedule include Event #2: $1,100 Reentry Pot-Limit Omaha, Event #3: $500 $100K GTD Deepstack NLH, Event #4: $300 Turbo NLH Reentry, Event #5: $1,100 Deepstack $100K GTD NLH Reentry, and Event #7: $1,100 Bounty NLH Turbo Reentry. For a full look at the schedule, click here.
"This will be the sixth year in a row that I've been going to the River Poker Series and each and every year is bigger and better than the last," WinStar ambassador Maria Ho told PokerNews. "The WinStar is an awesome resort but you might not want to miss the around-the-clock poker action. It's honestly one of the best value tournaments all year and I'm excited PokerNews will be there covering all the action from this prestigious event."
Of course the highlight of the series is the aforementioned Event #6: $2,500 Main Event, which will feature three starting flights, start players with 25,000 in starting chips, and 40-minute levels on Day 1 followed by 60-minute levels on Days 2 and 3.
"It's very exciting for PokerNews to return to the WinStar World Casino and Resort for coverage of the River Poker Series Main Event," boasted PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters. "Our team was at the event in 2012 and 2014, and both times over 1,300 entries were generated. With a $2,500 buy-in once again this year and a similar field size expected, how can any poker player forgive themselves for missing this event? There's a $2.5 million guaranteed prize pool and a $1 million top prize, plus an excellent player-friendly structure. We look forward to seeing everyone there."
Last year, Jason Helder topped a field of 1,323 entrants to win the 2014 WinStar River Poker Series Main Event for $1 million. Others who cashed in that event were Travis Rice (2nd - $340,403), Kevin Eyster (3rd - $219,088), Jonathan Gaviao (6th - $90,881), David "ODB" Baker (10th - $30,164), and Joseph Cheong (13th - $26,989).
Here's a look at those who've captured the prestigious title in the past:
Past WinStar River Poker Main Event Winners
To learn more, visit winstarworldcasino.com, and be sure to follow them on Twitter @WinStarWorld. For more on the WinStar, check out PokerNews video from the property a few years back: