PokerGO is wasting no time getting the 2022 PokerGO Tour underway. The first event on the 2022 calendar starts tomorrow (January 5, 2022) at the Venetian. The Venetian High Roller Event #1 – $10,000 NLH kicks off at 2 PM local time in Vegas (Pacific Standard Time).
“The inaugural season of the PokerGO Tour awarded more than a quarter of a billion dollars in prize money and surpassed all expectations,” Mori Eskandani, the President of PokerGO, said.
“The sport of poker demands that we celebrate those that perform at the pinnacle of competition,” he added. “In the PGT’s second season, we are ready to raise the bar and continue to showcase poker’s elite at the game’s highest stakes.”
PokerGO looks on track to do just that.
The first round of Venetian High Roller events will be made up of four tourneys, all no limit hold’em. The first two events (On January 5 and 6) will be $10,000 buy-in events. This is followed by a $15k on the 7th and ending with a $25k on the 8th.
After the events at the Venetian, the pace of the tour is pretty relentless throughout the first quarter of 2022.
PokerGO has managed to get or sell licensing to a huge number of $10k+ tourneys through the year. Many of these events will get a full live stream, or edited coverage on PokerGO.com and/or the Poker Youtube channel.
A Stairway to Millions series starts at the Aria on January 12. This is followed by a $25k at the Seminole Hardrock Hollywood in Florida starting January 24.
Then the series circles back to the Aria in early February for the first PokerGO Cup of the year.
March is an interesting twist, with the game moving overseas, for a spell on the Black Sea coast. This is a two-part stop, with the Triton Sochi event running almost immediately into nine Super High Roller Sochi events.
Then, once more, it is back to the PokerGO studio at the Aria for the U.S. Poker Open before the calendar rolls over into April.
Last year’s Tour — the first of its kind — was, broadly speaking, a success.
The inaugural season totted up 17,600 tournament entries all in high-stakes events. Combined together, the near 150 events of the series paid out a touch over $262 million in prize monies. Last year’s PGT events saw Daniel Negreanu win his first tourney in almost a decade and Michael Addamo go on a crazy run in the middle of the year.
Players in every PokerGO Tour event can gain leaderboard points, with last year’s PokerGO Tour Player of the Year going to Ali Imsirovic. On top of the $6,028,321 that Imsirovic won by cashing in the tour’s events, he also got $200,000 for topping the tour’s leaderboard.
Addamo ended up being the 2021 POY runner-up, followed by Sean Perry. They won $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.
This season, the anticipation is much higher and so are the stakes.
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