Million Dollar Heater begins Jan. 3 at Beau Rivage in Biloxi

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When the holidays are behind us, it’ll be time for the Million Dollar Heater at the Beau Rivage in Mississippi. For years, Biloxi has hosted the first event of the year and it’s absolutely worth the trip.

The series runs ‪Jan. 3-13‬ and guarantees $1M in prize pools. The Beau is promising 65 tables to help players avoid the need for alternates, but large fields are expected so preregistration is recommended. Registration ‪begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 3‬, on the convention level and is open daily ‪(9 a.m.-9 p.m.).‬

The schedule starts with a $600K guarantee for $400. The first event usually packs the largest field so if you’re seeking a bigger buy-in and fewer contestants, the $2K high roller features a $250K guarantee. There will be 16 tournaments (buy-ins start at $100) plus daily events with formats such as eight-max, Omaha/8 and PLO.

Said Beau Rivage Poker Room Manager Henry Garrison: “This year’s Million Dollar Heater will have an updated Beau format, which means all events will be run with a hybrid version of the big-blind ante structure and all day two winning players receive cash. We feel the Beau format is the most advanced form of tournament play with the best guest experience in the poker community.”

For the schedule and information about specific structures, satellites and guarantees, visit ‪beaurivage.com‬.

Play and stay with a special $69 weekday and $119 weekend room rates. These rooms sell out quickly. Call ‪888-567-6667‬ for reservations. ‪— Jennifer Gay‬