World Series of Poker Final Table Convenes

 Anthony Curtis’ weekly syndicated Vegas column.

October 28, 2009


Poker fans all over the world (and there are millions of them now) will be looking to the Rio Hotel-Casino this week in anticipation of the crowning of a new world champion. The nine remaining players in the game’s most prestigious event will sit down on Nov. 7 to determine the new champ and the winner of a $8.5 million first prize. This year’s table mix will be different than in years past, as it includes one of poker’s biggest superstars, Phil Ivey (currently in 7th place). Another story of interest is the presence of 21-year-old Joe Cada, who’s seeking to become the youngest champion ever. The chip leader is Maryland logger, Darvin Moon. After a quick editing job, the event will be aired on ESPN on Nov. 10.


Good PR:The Orleans has an outstanding deal on a complete prime rib dinner in the Courtyard Café. It comes with an eight-ounce cut of meat (with au jus and horseradish), soup or salad, choice of potato, rolls, dessert, and a drink—all for $9.99. The dessert alone is worth half what you pay, since you choose from the full dessert menu, where hot-fudge sundaes, root-beer floats, and cheesecakes start at $4.49. The special runs Mon.-Fri. from 2 to 6 p.m.


Best on Mondays:You can get a free hot dog and a beer at the Monday Night Football parties at Sam’s Town and Suncoast, but here’s one that’s even better. The party in Stoney’s at Santa Fe is free to attend and you can eat unlimited hot dogs (and chips) for no charge. Domestic bottled beers are just $2, but $5 gets you a wristband for unlimited drafts throughout the game.


Question: Last week you wrote that Garth Brooks will play at Encore. Do you have any more information?

Answer: Garth Brooks’ return to the stage was as big a draw as expected, causing his first 15 dates (spread over Dec., Jan., and Feb.) to sell out in minutes. Not to worry, the agreement with Encore is for five years at 15 weeks per, and Brooks insisted that only 200 seats could be held out (for comps) for any show, so you’ll have your shot. Tickets for all seats are $143 after taxes and fees.

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