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A Southern California tribal casino is offering players the opportunity to win their way into the biggest poker tournament series on the planet.

In fact, the poker room at Pala Casino Spa & Resort in Northern San Diego County is running a four-tournament Vegas Seat series in March during which winners will walk away with seats in various World Series of Poker events.

The 48th annual World Series of Poker will run from May 29 to July 17 in Las Vegas at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino. There are 78 official WSOP gold bracelet events, and Pala’s series is offering satellites into four of them.

Now, Pala is not officially linked to the WSOP or Caesars Interactive Entertainment, owners of the WSOP. As a result, the Vegas Seat series has no WSOP branding, and tournament seats won come in the form of casino chips.

2018 Seniors Vegas Seat event

The first event in the Vegas Seat series, its 2018 Seniors Vegas Seat event, is set to begin Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. Pala guarantees one $1,000 seat provided a minimum of 10 players enter the tournament.

The entry fee is $125 with a $5 optional staff bonus. This gives players an additional 3,000 in chips. Players start with 7,000 in chips, and levels are 20 minutes. Plus, unlimited re-entry is available for the first four levels.

One seat into the 2018 WSOP $1,000 Seniors Event will be awarded for every $1,000 in the prize pool. Additionally, four percent of the prize pool will be withheld for staff.

The 2018 WSOP $1,000 Seniors Event is set for Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. Players must be 50 years of age or older to enter. One re-entry is allowed per player.

2018 Omaha Vegas Seat event

The second event on the Vegas Seat series schedule is its 2018 Omaha Vegas Seat event on Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. Here, Pala guarantees one $1,500 Omaha seat if a minimum of 10 players enter the tournament.

The entry fee is $100 with a $5 optional staff bonus giving players an additional 3,000 in chips. Players start with 7,000 in chips, and levels are 30 minutes. Plus, unlimited re-entry is available for the first four levels.

One seat into a 2018 WSOP $1,500 Omaha event will be awarded for every $1,500 in the prize pool. Additionally, any amount remaining in the prize pool under $1,500 will be awarded to the next qualifying finisher. Four percent of the prize pool will be withheld for staff.

The 2018 WSOP has three $1,500 Omaha events on the schedule. The first is the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event set for Thursday, May 31 beginning at 3 p.m. The second is the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event set for Thursday, June 14 beginning at 11 a.m. Finally, the third is the $1,500 Omaha Mixed event set for Saturday, June 16 at 3 p.m.

2018 Employee Vegas Seat event

Let’s keep it rolling. The third event in the Vegas Seat series is its 2018 Employee Vegas Seat event set for Thursday, March 15 at at 6 p.m.

For this, Pala guarantees one $565 Employees event seat provided a minimum of 10 players enter the tournament. The entry fee is $70 with a $5 optional staff bonus giving players an additional 3,000 in chips. Players start with 5,000 in chips, and levels are 20 minutes. Plus, unlimited re-entry is available for the first four levels.

One seat into the 2018 WSOP $565 Casino Employees event will be awarded for every $565 in the prize pool. Additionally, any amount remaining in the prize pool under $565 will be awarded to the next qualifying player. Four percent of the prize pool will be withheld for staff.

The 2018 WSOP $565 Casino Employees is set for Wednesday, May 30 beginning at 11 a.m. Players must have been employed by a casino to be eligible to play. One re-entry is allowed per player.

$10,000 Guaranteed Vegas Seat for First Place

Finally, the Vegas Seat series wraps up with the $10,000 Guaranteed Vegas Seat for First Place finale event.

This tournament features four starting flights. The first three begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 through Friday, March 23. The fourth is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. That event will play down to a winner on Sunday, March 24.

Pala guarantees one $10,000 Main Event seat provided a minimum of 50 players enter the tournament. The entry fee is $175 with a $15 optional staff bonus giving players an additional 5,000 in chips. Players start with 10,000 in chips. Additionally, there is also a one-time optional $50 add-on offering 15,000 in chips.

Each entry includes a $25 entry fee. Levels are 20 minutes on Day 1 and 30 minutes on the final day. Plus, unlimited re-entry is available for the first six levels.

Additionally, players may enter more than one starting flight. They will receive a $200 bonus for qualifying for Day 2 the first time and $500 the second time. Plus, they carry the best stack forward to Day 2. All bonus money will be deducted from the prize pool.

The tourney awards one seat into the 2018 WSOP Main Event event to the winner.

Pala Poker and the WSOP Main Event

The 2018 WSOP $10,000 Main Event runs July 2-14. The four starting flights take up July 2-4.

In 2017, the WSOP Main Event drew 7,221 entries creating a prize pool worth close to $68 million. New Jersey’s Scott Blumstein won the title and the $8.15 million first-place prize.

Pala also runs licensed and regulated online poker, online casino, and online bingo sites in New Jersey.

Marty Derbyshire
Marty Derbyshire - Martin Derbyshire is a veteran of the world of poker and gambling, having worked as a reporter, producer, and editor in the industry for more than a decade. He has traveled the globe interviewing high-profile personalities and contributes to a number of publications, including USPoker.com, PlayCA.com, and PlayNJ.com.