The Venetian Poker Room may be the biggest in Vegas, but that doesn't mean it can't be filled up.
Ever since the announcement of the North American Poker Tour's stop at the Venetian February 20-24, people have been pounding on the PokerStars qualifying satellites to get in.
As of this writing, 235 people have qualified for NAPT Venetian prize packages. Each one of those people gets the $5,000 buy-in, a free hotel room at the Venetian, and cash to spend on a plane ticket and food.
So, think about it. That's 235 qualifiers already, with more than two weeks to go before the tournament starts. And that is to say nothing of the people who will just walk in and plop their $5,000 down on the registration desk.
In short, this room is going to be packed.
If you're just waking up after a long nap, the NAPT kicked off with the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. That's where Harrison Gimbel won $2.2 million for first place.
The next stop takes us to the Venetian in Las Vegas for the main event of that poker room's Deep Stack Extravaganza. Now it's on to the Venetian before heading to Connecticut's Mohegan Sun in April. What's more, NAPT officials are telling us to expect more venue announcements in the coming months.
This is no run-of-the-mill tournament series. The NAPT has signed up model Joanna Krupa to host a televised broadcast of the events, produced by 441, the same production company that puts together the WSOP broadcasts.
As we do with all the big events, the PokerStars Blog will be be on hand with a live blogging team to cover the tournament from the first flop to the last river.
For more details on on the event, visit NAPT.com.
We'll see you at the Venetian.