If you’re a poker player looking for some real value in the near future, you might consider playing the WPT500 at ARIA – the first day 1’s started in May and the tournament runs through until July 6 (with ten starting flights). Here are some very good reasons to play the WPT500 at ARIA:

  1. The guarantee has doubled, from $1 million to $2 million.
  2. The buy-in is affordable, $500+$65, and the winner will receive at least $300k. Last year 432 players were in the money, which is expected to grow this year.
  3. You know whether or not you’re in the money on Day 1 and everyone who makes Day 2 gets at least $800.
  4. Aria is a first class establishment and one of the finest casinos in the world.
  5. Amazing V-A-L-U-E and there’s nothing more needed saying about that.

I don’t think there’s another tournament in the world (excluding WSOP shootouts) that guarantees you’ll be in the money on Day 1.

Last year Sean Yu, an amateur who works in sales and plays poker as a hobby, outlasted a field of 3,599 to take home the title (and did it in one day as he played the turbo in the morning of Day 2).

In addition to his $260k first place prize, Sean also received entry, accommodation and an expense allowance for this year’s WPT500 at ARIA and WPT500 at Dusk till Dawn in Nottingham, England. This year’s winner will receive these same perks.

You can also choose to play whenever your schedule allows. Below is the schedule of starting flights:

Day 1’s take place at noon on July 2-3-4 & 5 (turbo at 8 am)
Day 2 is on July 5th and the final table is on July 6th.

Another added bonus, playing the WPT500 at ARIA will not interfere with the main event at the WSOP. If you make Day 2 of the WPT500, you simply play Day 1 at the WSOP on July 6th or 7th.

If luck isn’t on your side and you get knocked out, you can re-enter on any other Day 1. You may play as many Day 1’s as you like. I love the structure as I think it’s very fair. The first eight levels are 30 min, which are followed by 40 minute levels until you reach the final table where levels last an hour.

Many of you may be worried about the field’s vastness. Well don’t be. The size of the field is irrelevant to you. If, for example, you get through Day 1A (May 31st), you simply come back on July 5th for Day 2. You don’t have to concern yourself about the thousands of players taking part in other Day 1’s (except for them increasing the prize pool).

You should never worry about the size of the field, no matter what poker tournament you play in. Just focus on conquering the table you’re playing on.

I love playing in the WPT500 at Aria. An exciting atmosphere in one of the most electric cities on the globe, the affordable buy-in and BIG prize money topping it all off. I played in the WPT500 last year, fired one bullet and finished in 111th, taking home a cool $2k. I also played in the WPT500 at Dusk till Dawn – another fantastic event – but failed to cash in on that occasion. I can’t wait for this year’s edition of the WPT500 at Aria. I’ll be playing on Day 1A (May 31st) and, if necessary, Day 1B.

I hope to see you there.

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