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Venue
 
Hotel Super 8 Las Vegas (click on link for more information)
4250 Koval Lane • Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 • Phone: (702) 794-0888
The hotel is located within walking distance to the Strip - central Las Vegas area
where most of gaming and entertainment events take place.
Transportation  
Nearest airport - Las Vegas - McCurran International Airport (LAS). 
Serves ~30 domestic and international airlines.
Free shuttle will be provided by the hotel in and out of the airport on arrival/departure.
Below is the instruction on getting the free shuttle ride to the hotel:
Once your guests get their luggage, they need to go to the bottom level of the airport (Level Zero) They will cross the street and see a hotel shuttle phone. They push the button that says Super 8 Hotel and it will ring to the front desk. It normally takes 10-15 minutes after they call for the shuttle to arrive. Our shuttle is white and it says Super 8 Hotel on the side.
Rooms & Rates
 
 
$40.26 per day for a room (!!!) . Room has 2 double beds and can be shared by 2 people. 
This rate will hold for those who desire to stay 1-2 days before or after the official tournament days.
Few suites (2 rooms with extra sofa-bed, which are ideal for 3-4 people to share the same room) are available for $59.36.
Small number of microwaves and refrigerators will be distributed on the "first come, first serve" basis.
Accommodations fees shall be paid to the hotel directly upon arrival.
Food
 
Currently there is no meal plan available.
No breakfast is provided by the hotel, but there is free coffee in the lobby 24 hours a day.
ICAONA will try to get drinks and light snacks during the games.
Schedule
 
Arrival day is March 15, 2012. and the departure is either .
Opening ceremony will be held on March 16, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. followed by round #1 at 2:00 p.m. 
Most other rounds will likely start in the morning (between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.)
with free evenings and afternoons to enjoy the town.
If possible, a free day will be provided during the games for the optional sightseeing tour.
The closing ceremony will occur on the afternoon of March 25, 2012 at 3:00 p.m., therefore plan your departure not earlier than 5 p.m. on March 25, 2012 (March 26, 2012 is better).
Time Control Fisher system: 1 hour 20 minutes per game + 1 minute added per move.
Inscription
Fee
$120 ($100 for ICAONA members in good standing, i.e., members who paid their current membership dues before February 28, 2012).
Prizes
 
Monetary prizes will be awarded for leading places in US Open Tournament,
US National Championship and Blitz Tournament (4 +1 time control).
The following prizes will be awarded:
US Open: US Championship
1st place - $1000 1st place  - $300
2nd place - $700 2nd place - $225
3rd place -  $400 3rd place  - $150
4th place -  $200 US Open Blitz
5th place -  $150 1st place  - $120
6th place -  $125 2nd place - $ 70
3rd place  - $ 40
Additional surprize prizes will be awarded as well.
Deadlines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Reservation
 
 
 
Please confirm your participation as  ASAP but no later than February 28, 2012.
If you are interested in special arrangement (suite, microwave and/or fridge) -
you should send your request  and payment deposit before we run out of them. 
In general, there is a limited space for a playing hall and hotel rooms,
so we advice all interested players to send us your request as early as possible,
as there is a possibility that we may not be able to accept everyone.
After that the players can only be accepted if there are vacancies in the hotel
and the price per room may be higher at that point.
To confirm your participation, we request all interested players to send us
a non-refundable deposit of $20 US either by mailing the check or money order
made to "ICAONA"
to Yevgeniy Sklyarov, 34 Cliftwood Dr., Huntington NY USA 11743
or to make the same payment amount to our Paypal account by clicking here:
If desired, you can prepay your tournament deposit (or membership fees) completely. 
In case you need to make the cancellation later, the deposit minus non-refundable $20
will be returned back to you.
Travel Support
ICAONA made an agreement with Utopia Travel agency to provide assistance for US Open participants in all their travel needs, including air tickets, tours and car rentals. For help & information please, contact Gaya Kazarian at Utopia Travel in New York City.
Phone: 718-961-0700  Fax: 718-461-3602
Email: utopiatravel1@verizon.net
Organizational
Committee
Any questions and help with visa or to send us your participation request, please contact
  Yevgeniy Sklyarov : 1 (631) 421-7496, e-mail:
yevgeniy76@gmail.com
  Luba Turiy :            1 (631) 470-0555, e-mail: ltur@optonline.net
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