Five Star World Poker Classic Goes All Rebuy

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The Bellagio poker room is taking a gamble and hoping players in the upcoming Five Star World Poker Classic really like rebuy tournaments.

All 24 preliminary events of the eighth annual Five Star World Poker Classic will carry a $1,000 buy-in with rebuys available.

The schedule includes 16 No-Limit Hold’em events, six No-Limit Hold’em Super Satellites and two Pot-Limit Omaha events.

It’s a marked change from last year’s side event schedule, which included four $5,000 buy-in events, three $3,000 events and three $2,000 events.

The $5,000 tournaments were some of the least attended events and the first one drew only 27 players.

Meanwhile the rebuy tournaments at the recently completed Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio were a huge hit with the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event generating a prize pool of $747,870.

The Five Star World Poker Classic runs March 30 to April 24 with the $25,000 Word Poker Tour World Championship scheduled to start April 18.

Jonathan Little, Praz Bansi and Lee Markholt were just a few of the notable players to win side events at the Five Star World Poker Classic last year while up and coming star Yevgeniy Timoshenko outlasted 337 players to win the WPT World Championship for $2.1 million.

For the complete 2010 Five Star World Poker Classic schedule check the Bellagio website.

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