The Wynn Millions are back on the Las Vegas Strip until the end of the winter!
Everybody is focusing on the upcoming WSOP summer schedule after the official release of the full WSOP 2024 schedule but there is also a Circuit festival coming up this spring at the Horseshoe Las Vegas.
All info is available online on wsop.com.
It is becoming a tradition. Since 2016, I have been traveling to Las Vegas for a month at least once a year almost every year. Over the last years, the pace has significantly increased though and I am now spending something like 4 to 5 months a year in Nevada. One could say that I like it there... :-)
I will spend a long time in Sin City again this summer and one of the main reasons for that will be the documentation of some aspects of the World Series of Poker on the Strip.
The full WSOP schedule has been released! More info links and updates will be available in this thread until I will be back in LV from mid-April.
The WSOP dates are out, the bankroll is not looking too bad, and spring is slowly coming up. Surely, it's time to start taking care of finding a poker home in Las Vegas for the summer. Many will opt for comped rooms by playing a bunch and grinding rakeback points and offers at Caesars or MGM properties with a player loyalty card. There is also always the option of a less fancy room somewhere off-Strip for those who want to keep their travel budget in check.
For those who are more into comfort and convenience during a longer stay, the house renting option is always a great solution. BATTLE BORN REALTY is a resourceful high-quality service brokerage able to provide many solutions for your Las Vegas real estate rental or purchase needs.
The Fontainebleau is the latest addition to the modern multi-billion-dollar constructions on the Las Vegas Strip. I did a photo (and cocktail) tour of the casino area in December just before the new year and roughly two weeks after the official opening on December 13th, 2023.
One of Sin City's most well-known poker series is coming back to the Venetian poker room from late January.
The Venetian Deepstack Showdown will be back to the Las Vegas Strip between 8th and 28th January.
I've been coming to Vegas more and more since my first visit in 2015 or maybe 2016. I'm not a Sin City veteran or expert at all but I am starting to feel fairly good in this city that is not mine. The initial thrill of documenting a place usually fades away pretty quickly but what is nice here for me, is that the interest of shooting photos of all aspects of Las Vegas is not boring me yet. Quite the contrary is happening actually.
Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad from the Caridad Hebron community in Las Vegas.
Caridad calls it 'The Refuge in the Desert' - HEBRON is a low-income housing complex for war veterans, people experiencing transitional or long-term homelessness, and seniors.
Some of the roughly two dozen volunteers have been preparing and cooking since 4am to be ready for the 130 guests' Christmas eve meal in the sun.
There might be some sort of a taste of too much when it comes to the quantity of high-end media content that is being generated around me at the WPT World Championship. We all release so much stuff for our media services, back offices, and marketing colleagues that much of what we shoot, curate, edit, upload, and archive probably never properly gets published or only gets viewed for a brief moment between two distracted scrolls in a random social media feed.
I've been visiting Las Vegas since 2016. I stayed one month the first time I came. It was awesome :-D I obviously came to play and shoot poker. I did relatively well over the years. I won some money playing overall and I established myself as some sort of a relevant poker reporter in the poker capital of the world. Over time though, I've learned that Las Vegas is indeed that figurative mirage in the desert but the Strip is a mirage within the mirage. Those who want to get to know what the city really has to offer, need to get off that overrated tiny part of Las Vegas Boulevard and meet the real people of Las Vegas: its workers, its inhabitants, its rejects, and also its caretakers.
How to measure success in business?
If you win money, you are successful.
If you lose money, you are not.
As the old Luxembourg saying goes: 'If it costs nothing, it is nothing.' Well, this poker festival at the Wynn is amazing in that case because the prize tag is huge. I was going to chose 'A Beautiful Failure' as a title for this post but it's not a failure. It's actually a great success. Just like money cannot buy happiness, reached prize pool guarantees are in no relationship at all with the quality of the event. Yes, this memorable party cost a lot. The World Poker Tour (WPT) has to add 2,417,000 USD to the 40,000,000 USD prize money guarantee in the 10,400 USD WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas. A glorious setup in one of the elite resorts on the Strip, excellent feedback from all visitors and partners and only about 6% of the guarantee was missing after the end of registration in the Main Event. The problem with very ambitious plans is that even a close miss quickly gets very expensive. The good old risk/reward ratio is also a thing for promoters. The event is still being celebrated by the players and by the whole community for the quality provided by the WPT and Wynn/Encore teams. A prize of 5,678,000 USD awaits the winner but that's not what people who attended will keep in mind, nor will it be the amount of the overlay.
After weeks of anticipation, the last poker trip of the year takes us back to Las Vegas for the third time this year. In the spotlight: the World Poker Tour and its fantastic World Championship Festival at the exquisite Wynn/Encore.
Daily poker updates are online on pokerfirma.com.
You can use the WPT World Championship tag for specific updates from the Wynn.
Daily photo galleries are available on the PokerFirma Facebook page.
Visit the WPT website for more info and coverage details.
Another trip to Las Vegas is coming up for all poker lovers with a big heart before the end of the year. The World Poker Tour is ending 2023 with a bang at the Wynn/Encore, one of the most elite casino complexes on the Strip. The event is part of a collaboration with the One Drop Foundation and will feature a 1-million-dollar buy-in event besides the 40-million-prize pool put in place for the 10k main event.
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Une documentation photo de Sin City pendant presque tout le mois de décembre et jusqu’à début janvier se prépare. Cerise sur le gâteau: le WPT World Championship au Wynn Las Vegas avec 40 millions USD garantis ainsi que le Big One for One Drop à 1 million USD de buy-in.
The end of the year is coming in fast and the amazing amount of poker action that is been thrown at us, players and media keeps us all running. Sometimes in circles… :-)
Back to Sin City in September and October. This post will regularly be updated with details and pics.
A trip is usually best when it's well prepared and in good company. THE-ROUNDERdotnet is about going places and, over the years, I have teamed up with amazing partners.
I am in the process of putting the pieces together for a new www.the-rounder.net website that is hopefully coming up for the late summer weeks. It is going to be a whole new thingy built from scratch featuring my photos, promo for partner events and a new POKER TRIPS section as a travel agency with offers and resources for traveling poker players.
One Drop, the famous foundation working on providing clean water to everyone is present at the Wynn Las Vegas this week with the World Poker Tour and I'm grateful for having credentials to shoot the entire event.
I'll embed highlights with PokerFirma.com updates and social media posts below over the week for those who want to keep up with things and more details about other #pokersolidarity actions I support with this blog are available HERE.
As an attempt to live the dream the protagonists of his poker graphic novel are living, Anish Patel has played the WSOP Main Event this summer. He's not made it to the Final Nine though :-)
I will be in Sin City from mid-June to early August.
This is a subjective post started in early February 2023 and essentially composed of highlights of content produced between early May and late August 2023 featuring teaser posts before, documentation during, and throwback stuff after the trip.
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A trip to Vegas is always an epic opportunity for amazing photos but it's also THE time of the year when it's easiest for me to put in an insane amount of Poker volume. I usually try to combine both resulting in severe sleep depravation but awesome memories.
Last year, I got invited by Tyler Nals to take part in a great Meetup Game at MGM. The games and the vibes were great. I could not find the right spots to spin it up that night and ended up losing one stack over the night all in all but I’m keeping nice memories of the people I met around the tables.
This summer, Tyler is back with a great invite to a VEGAS POKER CRAWL. Details are available below in this post.
My latest intervention on PokerFirma is about one of the most amazing buildings in town. Here's another article about Resorts World Las Vegas - this time featuring a huge upcoming running event in February.
An English text version is available below.
You can click the image to read the Lake Mead post.
HERE are also other recent PokerFirma contributions of mine.
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With more than 2000 photos published and more than 200 hours spent at the Poker tables between late May and late July, it's not an exaggeration to say that my Vegas summer has been a tough grind :-)