Poker Bust Could Hurt WSOP Numbers

Anthony Curtis’ nationally syndicated weekly column.

April 20, 1011

Last week the Department of Justice moved to shut down three of the world’s biggest online poker sites—PokerStars, FullTilt Poker, and Absolute Poker. The action put an immediate end to deals in the works that would partner Wynn Resorts with PokerStars, and a Station Casinos-affiliated company with FullTilt. There were also concerns that ESPN would drop coverage of the 2011 World Series of Poker. While that’s unlikely, there’s a good chance that the number of participants in this year’s event will be significantly reduced, given that the online sites have traditionally been a prominent source of players for the WSOP. The tournament begins May 31.

Elton is Back: Although he claimed he was “bored” the first time around, Elton John has signed to return to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for a three-year residency. “The Million Dollar Piano” show will debut on September 28. Tickets start at $55 and go on sale April 25. There’s a limit of eight tickets per customer.

Brunch is Back: Now through the end of June, the Springs Preserve—a non-casino attraction west of downtown—has reintroduced Sunday Brunch at the Cafe by Wolfgang Puck. For $21 you get two choices each of appetizers, main courses, and side dishes (the eggs Benedict and flank steak take entrée honors). Make-your-own Bloody Marys are $7 per glass.

  Question: Is the seafood buffet at the Rio included in the Caesars Entertainment casinos’ all-day-buffet deal?

Answer: It can be. For $44.99, the “Buffet of Buffets” pass grants 24-hour access to the buffets at Rio, Harrah’s, Planet Hollywood, Imperial Palace, Flamingo, Paris, and Caesars Palace. At the Rio the pass is good only for the Carnival World Buffet, but for $15 more you can add the Rio’s Village Seafood Buffet to the mix. Be sure to schedule the seafood buffet for dinner if you choose this option.

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