After attending the 2009 WSOP Main Event Final Table in Las Vegas, I attended the 2009 PubCon Conference. I registered to play in the No Limit Hold Em Tournament the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino put on for PubCon on Tuesday evening.
The tournament was held in a private room alongside the Casino. Number of entries was 40. $0 buy-in. Each player received $1500 chips to start. All levels of experience. Ten seated at each table. $20,000 worth of prizes were being given away. All prizes were awarded in Hilton promotional chips. The promotional chips were good for playing any game in Hilton’s Casino. Winnings in those games would be paid out in “real” chips which could be cashed in.
Top 4 places were paid. First place received $10,000 in promotional chips.
Each player reaching the final table received $100 in promotional chips.
We had a very fun time hooting and hollering and cheering. There were some serious hands, but, mostly the players were there to have fun.
There were 4 players in my last hand. Two of us got busted out and a third was down to the felt, while the winner of that hand went on to win the tournament. I went out in 6th place, earning $100 in promotional chips. I converted that to $50 cash with a little round at the Roulette table.