By Debbie Burkhead
The World Poker Challenge at the Grand Sierra in Reno is a must-stop on the tournament trail. The event kicks off on February 28 and runs through March 10 with 29 events and $375,000 in guarantees. This year’s WPC will be held in the convention area, not on the casino floor. They’re practically giving away rooms: stay for $20 per night (Sun-Thu) and $40 per night on the weekend. The early bird room rates only apply if booked by February 27 -- after that the rate increases by $5 per night. Mention the code found in their ad on page 8-9 of this issue when booking your room.
Each day, players have a choice of three events, starting at noon, with the exception of February 28 and March 10. The Challenge begins with a $230 nolimit hold’em event with a $50,000 guarantee and two start times; noon and 5 pm. All noon events have guarantees ranging from $10,000 to $150,000. A 7 pm event is offered every evening with varied no-limit hold’em games and two mega satellite events. There are various games offered at 4 pm each day, the schedule includes PLO Triple Chance, Omaha high/low, HORSE, PLO 8 or Better, and a couple of mega satellites. The main event is $1,100 no-limit with a $150,000 guarantee.
The poker room has been completely remodeled with new tables, chairs, a beverage station, and a complimentary player’s buffet is offered daily for live game poker players. Players may enjoy a choice of several places to dine, from a fine dining experience at Charlie Palmer’s Steakhouse to a casual burger joint such as Johnny Rockets.
Players can enjoy worldclass Reno activities, featuring something for everyone in the family. From golf packages (including mini golf), Lake Tahoe skiing and snowboarding, to motorcycle or bicycle rentals, they’ve got a great selection of Lake Tahoe and Reno activities for those who enjoy great outdoors. For the indoor activities seekers, enjoy the state-of-the-art 50 lane bowling center, the cinema multiplex, the 40,000-square foot Reno video game arcade/ parlor, game/simulator, rides and even a laser tag arcade. There’s also plenty of shopping, including some of Nevada’s most unique boutiques, sprinkled throughout the resort. For more information on the WPC see their ad in this issue of Poker Player Newspaper