Venetian opens Sands Poker Room, hosts DSE

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By Christopher Cosenza

The final installment of the 2012 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza kicks off this month (Oct. 25) and runs until Nov. 18. Registration is open until 3:15 p.m. for the $2,500 main event’s Day 1A and 1B on Nov. 17 and 18. Super satellites will be Nov. 16-17 for $300.

Events other than no-limit hold’em include H.O.R.S.E (Oct. 30, Nov. 13), Omaha/8 (Oct. 28, Nov. 6) and PLO (Nov. 2 and 8). All of these tournaments are $300 and begin at 3 p.m.

Each day of the series will feature three events (noon, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.).

The series comes on the heels of the Venetian launching its newly named and renovated Sands Poker Room, which has 59 tables (the most on the Strip and seven more than before) spread across 14,000 square feet.

“I am thrilled to be able to once again open the newest and largest poker room on the Strip,” executive director of poker operations (and newest member of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame) Kathy Raymond said. “We have enhanced the overall atmosphere of the room with new carpeting and wall coverings, new chairs, better lighting, 15 additional televisions, a comfortable waiting area and more yet to come.”

Inspired by this opening, the Sands Poker Room will offer the Venetian Happy Hour (10-11 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday) when cash games will enjoy rake-free play. Also, the room now has a bad-beat jackpot.

“(The promotions) give our players the ability to buy in to any tournaments, SNGs or satellites using their comp dollars,” she said. “(It’s) the Poker Players’ Poker Room.”

TROP CLOSES POKER ROOM: After a less-than-stellar re-opening, the Tropicana Las Vegas closed its Gold Poker Room on Sept. 11. The room, named after World Series champ Jamie Gold, saw a few management changes and lackluster business in its short-lived return to the Strip.