A look at some poker tournaments for July 2012



Report provided by TourneyTracks.com.

While the Vegas summer tournament season keeps rolling, other parts of the country get back into the swing of things this month.


Most of the June tournaments continue well into July in Vegas, including the World Series of Poker, which runs until the middle of the month with the main event starting on starting July 7. Series at the Golden Nugget, Wynn and Binion’s will wind down early in the month, while the Venetian Deep Stack and the Caesars Mega Stacks will end on the 15th. It might be a good idea to spend some time on the Strip with two great series running so close to each other and things at the Rio slowing down a bit.

The Bellagio Cup runs July 3-18, with some nice bigger buy-in events, and for smaller bankrolls the Grand Sierra in Reno will be running its Summer Pot of Gold series July 19-29.

With the bigger buy-in events happening in early July, we expect a significant number of poker millionaires to be made in July. Million-dollar prize pools won’t just be at the Rio; the $10K High Roller at the Venetian should have more than 100 entrants, and a few events in the Bellagio Cup likely will crack the million-dollar mark.


The Summer Poker Rodeo will be in Pendleton, Ore., at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino (July 18-22). Reviews of these events are always good with large, soft fields and reasonable rake numbers for such small buy-ins.

Los Angeles has a few events in July, including the Bike’s Stars and Stripes series, which runs through July 13, Hustler Casino’s Grand Slam (July 13-28) and then the Bike returns with the Legends, which begins July 28.

The Heartland Poker Tour will be at the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque (July 20-29).


The World Poker Open will be at the Gold Strike in Tunica, Miss. (July 20-Aug. 4). Smaller buy-in events with re-entries, multiple starting days and large guarantees should make for excellent value.

The Mid-States Poker Tour will host a $300K guarantee at Meskwaki Resort and Casino in Tama, Iowa, with satellites starting July 21 and Day 1A on July 27. We wouldn’t be surprised to see 400 entrants in this event, a huge prize pool for the Midwest.


There isn’t much happening in the east this month, but Florida has had something to offer every month recently, a trend we expect to continue. The Florida State Poker Championship at Isle Casino in Pompano Beach (July 8-29) will have entry fees from $230 to $5,300 for the main event.

The Caribbean and Central America are empty this month, and Canada is waiting on the end of the summer in Vegas, but we have a huge tournament schedule for next month, so don’t make any plans for August. S

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