Stepping on toes: Bellagio World Cup and WSOP dates overlap

by Lou on April 10, 2007

A schedule for the Bellagio’s World Cup III just arrived today, and it looks like it’s designed to provide plenty of competition for the World Series of Poker. The WSOP runs from June 1 through July 17, and overlaps the World Cup on both ends.

By the time the World Cup begins on June 11, eighteen WSOP events will be complete. Yes, that right, 18 WSOP events will be concluded between June 1 and June 10. Check out the WSOP schedule at and you’ll see they’ve scheduled two events for most days.

The World Cup gets underway at the Bellagio on June 11 — all the events are hold’em — and there’s one event each day through July 7. July 8 and 9 feature two super satellites per day — one at 1:00 PM and the other at 10:00 PM — with as many seats as possible awarded for the 4-day, $10,000 + $300 buy-in, Bellagio Cup III. The World Cup begins on July 10 and runs through July 13.

In other words, there’s a 30 day overlap between WSOP events and Bellagio World Cup III events, giving players all the choices they could possibly hope for. In fact, if you get knocked out quickly enough, you can play a WSOP event at noon, find your way to the Bellagio for a 1:00 PM start, and if you’re KO’d there too, you can make it back to the WSOP for the 5:00 PM event that same afternoon.

If things really go to hell in a hand basket, you can get back to the Bellagio for one of their nightly, 8:00 PM $1,080 buy-in tournaments.

With super satellites set for July 8 and 9, and the World Cup beginning on July 10, players who are eliminated early from the championship event at the Rio can find their way back to the Bellagio for another chance to book a big win.

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