The U.S. Poker Open is back! The PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas has welcomed players back to the U.S. Poker Open this week. Taking place from June 3 to 15, the ARIA will host 12 events for high-stakes players via the gaming studio. The schedule has a nice mix of events including 8-Game, Pot-Limit Omaha, Short Deck, Pot-Limit Omaha, and No-Limit Hold’em.
Details of the Series
The first event of the U.S. Poker Open is a $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament with double re-entry. The tournament provided a starting chip stack of 125,000. Event #2 starts today, with players gaining access to a $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament. The starting chip stack is 125,000 again with double re-entry offered.
The first 10 events all have the $10,000 buy-in and double re-entry. All events have the same starting chip stack except #10 where players are handed a huge 300,000 stack. This event is the Short Deck option.
For the larger buy-in events, players will need to wait until #11 and #12. On June 13, Event #11 will take place featuring a $25,000 NLH tournament. This event has the familiar chip stack of 125,000 plus double re-entry.
Event #12 takes place on June 14 and features the largest tournament, the $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em option. This event is the only one that is a single re-entry. Players are given 200,000 in starting chips. All of the final tables of each of the tour events will be live-streamed via PokerGO. Fans can check out the action starting from 4 pm ET on the day of each event.
The U.S. Poker Open is part of the PokerGO Tour, which was announced just a few months ago. A total of 150 events will take place around the world with tens of millions in prize money up for grabs. The tour not only includes events, but also a ranking system, where players are competing for points to earn the Player of the Year award.
The PokerGO Tour will offer $100,000 and the title to the winner, using the results from the Poker Masters, Super High Roller Bowl, U.S. Poker Open, and additional events. During the year, players will earn points based on where the place they cash out during qualifying events.
Along with the first-place winner, second place and third place prizes will be awarded. The second-place finisher will earn $50,000 while third is awarded $25,000.
When the new tour was announced, PokerGO President Mori Eskandani commented that the sport of poker is hundreds of years old and there has never been a globally recognized tour and ranking system that focuses on elite players from around the world. PokerGO started the tour in the hopes that it will only continue to evolve and grow.
It will be interesting to see how the U.S. Poker Open fares over the next few days and which players turn out to compete in the many high-stakes events. Top pros are expected to compete in order to gain points to hopefully be considered for the Player of the Year.