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Major Poker Tournaments in January
2006, Jason Kirk  

The start of the new year brings with it a new season of poker tournaments. This January sees the return of the World Poker Tour to Paradise Island in the Bahamas, back-to-back WPT and World Series of Poker Circuit events in Tunica, and the second WPT event in the last 4 months at the Borgata in Atlantic City. Between the preliminary events and main events of these tournaments, tens of millions of dollars will be up for grabs. Here's a look at some of the major events in the poker world throughout the first month of 2006.

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
January 4 - 10, Atlantis Resort and Casino, Paradise Island, Bahamas

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure kicked off the 2005 tournament year with a bang when England's John Gale turned a $127 satellite win into $865,000. This year's event promises to be even bigger, with 6 full days of competition scheduled to determine the newest WPT champion. You can follow all the action live on the Official PokerStars blog.

2006 Jack Binion WSOP Circuit - Grand Casino Tunica
January 5 - 26, Grand Casino, Tunica, MS

When his sister Becky Behnen gained control of the Horseshoe in Las Vegas - and with it the World Series of Poker - Jack Binion started the World Poker Open. After the purchase of his Horseshoe casino by Harrah's, Binion has added his name to its new January WSOP Circuit event. This series of tournaments has a schedule similar to those of the World Poker Open in years past, full of games overlooked by many tournaments today (including the World Series itself). It remains to be seen whether this Circuit stop will be as popular as the WPO has been in the past, but it certainly has the makings of a player-friendly tournament series. Unless noted, all tournaments are in freezeout format.
 

Thu, Jan 5 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$50
Fri, Jan 6 Pot-Limit Omaha w/rebuys $500+$50
Sat, Jan 7 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$50
Sun, Jan 8 Limit Hold'em $500+$50
Mon, Jan 9 Seven Card Stud $500+$50
Tue, Jan 10 Pot-Limit Hold'em $500+$50
Wed, Jan 11 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$50
Thu, Jan 12 Omaha Hi-Lo $500+$50
Fri, Jan 13 Limit Hold'em $1,000+$60
Sat, Jan 14 No-Limit Hold'em $1,000+$60
Sun, Jan 15 Pot-Limit Omaha w/rebuys $1,000+$60
Mon, Jan 16 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout $500+$50
Mon, Jan 16 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo $500+$50
Tue, Jan 17 Limit Hold'em $1,500+$70
Tue, Jan 17 Lowball Triple Draw $2,000+$80
Wed, Jan 18 No-Limit Hold'em $1,500+$70
Thu, Jan 19 No-Limit Hold'em $2,000+$80
Fri, Jan 20 No-Limit Hold'em Short Handed $2,000+$80
Sat, Jan 21 No-Limit Hold'em $1,000+$60
Sat, Jan 21 H.O.R.S.E. $3,000+$100
Sun, Jan 22 No-Limit Hold'em LIPS Ladies $300+$40
Sun, Jan 22 No-Limit Hold'em Mega Satellite $1,000+$60
Sun, Jan 22 No-Limit Hold'em Mega Satellite $500+$50
Mon, Jan 23 to    
Thu, Jan 26 No-Limit Hold'em Championship $10,000+$0

World Poker Open
January 9 - 23, Gold Strike Hotel Casino, Tunica, MS

The tournament that once bore the name of Jack Binion - and with it an implied link to the beginnings of tournament poker - is now simply the World Poker Open. In stark contrast to the WSOP Circuit down the road, this year's WPO breaks with its own tradition and is all hold'em, all the time. Unless otherwise noted, all events at this year's World Poker Open are no-limit hold'em freezeouts.
 

Mon, Jan 9 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$40
Tue, Jan 10 No-Limit Hold'em $1,000+$60
Tue, Jan 10 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$40
Wed, Jan 11 No-Limit Hold'em $1,500+$70
Wed, Jan 11 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$40
Thu, Jan 12 No-Limit Hold'em $2,000+$80
Thu, Jan 12 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$40
Fri, Jan 13 No-Limit Hold'em $1,000+$60
Fri, Jan 13 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$40
Sat, Jan 14 No-Limit Hold'em $1,500+$70
Sat, Jan 14 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$40
Sun, Jan 15 No-Limit Hold'em $2,000+$80
Sun, Jan 15 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$40
Mon, Jan 16 No-Limit Hold'em $3,000+$100
Mon, Jan 16 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$40
Tue, Jan 17 Satellites to Championship $1,000+$60
Tue, Jan 17 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$40
Wed, Jan 18 Satellites to Championship $1,000+$60
Wed, Jan 18 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$40
Thu, Jan 19 to    
Mon, Jan 23 No-Limit Hold'em Championship $10,000+$200
Sat, Jan 21 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em $300+$40

Borgata Winter Poker Classic
January 29 - February 1, Borgata Casino, Atlantic City, NJ

The WPT stopped at the Borgata back in September, when Al Ardebili walked away with nearly $1.5 million. The tour's return to Atlantic City's most modern casino marks the fourth time it has visited the Borgata, but this is the first installment of the Winter Poker Classic. All of the vents at the Winter Poker Classic are in freezeout format.
 

Fri, Jan 20 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$60
Sat, Jan 21 No-Limit Hold'em $750+$60
Sun, Jan 22 No-Limit Hold'em $1,000+$80
Mon, Jan 23 Limit Hold'em $500+$60
Tue, Jan 24 No-Limit Hold'em $1,000+$80
Wed, Jan 25 No-Limit Hold'em $1,500+$100
Thu, Jan 26 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em $300+$40
Fri, Jan 27 No-Limit Hold'em $2,500+$150
Sun, Jan 29 to    
Wed, Feb 1 No-Limit Hold'em Championship $9,700+$300
Mon, Jan 30 No-Limit Hold'em $500+$60

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