Kara Scott: Poker Needs More Events like WPT500 and Battle of Malta

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Published on 27 June 2014 by Pokerlistings 266

Team partypoker ambassador, WSOP host, poker player and newlywed, it's amazing Kara Scott ever has time for an interview. PokerListings.com spoke to the former Battle of Malta host at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and according to Scott, the future of poker lies in big-field, low buy-in event. It's hard to argue with her considering the WSOP is currently hosting the enormous “Monster Stack” event, a new tournament this year with a $1,500 buy-in and a field of 7,862 players. Kara Scott is also looking forward to the WPT500 which is taking place at the Aria in Las Vegas July 4-9. With a tiny buy-in of $500, players will have a chance at part of a guaranteed $1 million prize pool. Scott is well-acquainted with big-value, low buy-in events having hosted the PokerListings.com Battle of Malta in 2012 and 2013. Unfortunately Kara will be hosting the WSOP Main Event at the same time as the 2014 Battle of Malta so she has graciously handed the microphone over to the new BOM host Maria Ho.

Well, since the last time I talked to the guys here from PokerListings, something very big happened. I got married, which is lovely. So yeah, that was great. It wasn't very long ago, either. So being in Vegas, it's not a honeymoon, because clearly, I'm working. But it's like one. I feel like honeymoon period.

I'm spending a little less time in Vegas than I normally do, and I'm cramming in a lot more than I normally do as well, so it makes it a little tight. Not only am I playing three events here. I cashed in my second event, which is nice. I'm also going to play the Aria500, the WPT500. And then after that, after I win that, clearly, I'm going to go, and I'm going to be hosting the main event for the World Series of Poker. So I'm jumping back and forth between playing and hosting. Yeah, it's all go.

I think that playing the 500 level, that buy-in level, is still a chunk of money. But it's more accessible for a lot more people, and it makes it fun because you're sitting down not just at a regular game in a casino. You're also sitting down at a WPT, and you're doing it for 500. And that's what's really cool about it. And you get that whole big tournament experience that people really want to get, and it can be expensive to get sometimes. So I think that's why people like that kind of thing. And hopefully, that's the way it's going. In my opinion, I think there should be more of that level.

And that's totally like the Battle of Malta. It's one of the things I've always said I really liked about it was the fact that people could go and play, and it wasn't going to take this huge hit out of their pocketbook. But at the same time, they've got the experience of being at a big event with coverage and updates, the whole thing where they're getting that big experience for a lot less money.

I think the timing of the Aria, the WPT500, makes it pretty special. People are going to be here in Vegas. All the pros are here in Vegas right now, because they're playing the World Series as well. And so if you want to be able to play with some of the pros for a little less money and have the potential for a huge payday, that's a really big deal, because there's going to be a lot of people there that you're going to recognize.