January 2013 Features a Whole Lot of PokerTuesday, January 8th, 2013 by Ryan
The new year has kicked off and this means that there is a whole lot of poker to look forward to as well. With 2013 starting off quickly, the poker tournament world takes no break as they are continuing to roll along. The schedule for January of 2013 features a whole lot of options, and has events and tournament series’ that are going to cater to all levels of players. Today we are going to take a look at the different tournament options out there, and get more in-depth with the wide range of tournament selections that you’ll have to start off the year.
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is already underway, so it’s a safe bet that a good number of the big time poker tournament players or fans of poker are either there or have their interest locked in on this one. The event is held at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Another tournament series that already has events underway is the World Series of Poker Circuit events that have two tournaments going on. The first one is at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, while the other event is at the well-known Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, California. As you may know, the circuit events at these two locations are going to feature a nice Main Event with a $1650 buy-in. The Main Event in Choctaw will be held on January 18th, while the event in Los Angeles will be on January 12th. Like the many other circuit events there are going to be different events leading up to the Main Event as well.
Don’t worry though, as there are far more tournaments that started off just before this past weekend as well, including the popular 2013 Winter Poker Classic that is held at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and another great option for players who are closer to the East Cost, as the 2013 Million Dollar Heater kicked off at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The World Poker Tour has an event across the ocean as well in Dublin, Ireland, so there are tournament options all over the place currently available for players! The event in Dublin has a €1320 buy-in, and it will also allow players to rebuy through the first four levels of action.
There is also a tournament series that was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy, and this one is the Pro Poker Championship. This event is going to be held in Dover, Downs DE start on January 11th. On the 15th of the month the World Poker Tour will continue to roll along starting in Atlantic City with the Borgata Winter Poker Open that runs over two weeks, and then there is the L.A. Poker Classic which runs over a full two months at the Commerce Casino. Interestingly they both feature some big tournaments, but the L.A. Poker Classic has a $10,000 tournament which should draw in a whole lot of interest.
Rolling on into the second half of the month is the 2013 Aussie Millions, which is likely to get a ton of interest and hype. It starts off on January 17th in Melbourne, Australia with 26 different events throughout the series. Not only is there a $10k Main Event here, but there is also a $100,000 High Roller tournament, and a Super High Roller event that has a $250,000 buy-in. From there, on the 24th we’ll be focused in on Harrah’s Tunica first with the World Series of Poker Circuit events, as well as a stop at the M Resort in Henderson, NV, who will be holding the 2013 Hollywood poker Open.
One tournament that definitely catches my eye though has to be the National Heads Up Poker Championship, which took a year off in 2012. It will be returning this year at Caesars Palace from January 24th to January 26th, and it has 64 of the top professional poker players, celebrity players, and a few amateurs who have qualified for the tournament as well. It is a tournament style with brackets that players will have to work their way through to win. A few players who have won in the past include the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Ted Forrest, Annie Duke, Huck Seed, Chris Ferguson, Paul Wasicka, Ted Forrest, and our winner from 2011 in Erik Seidel.