After making a pause for the most part of the previous year, PokerGO is ready to get back on track with another world poker tour. The poker streaming platform has come out with a new ranking system that promises to “separate and celebrate the most elite professional poker players” while still awarding them generously.
Tournaments We Can Expect
The tour will commence with the U.S. Poker Open at the PokerGO studio by the Aria on June 3. That series only will feature 12 huge buy-in tournaments that will last until June 14.
Naturally, Las Vegas will be one of the main locations for the tour, with a few other big buy-ins scheduled for the world’s entertainment capital. The PokerGO Studio in Vegas will host:
- PokerGO Cup — Eight events, including a $100,000 buy-in no-limit Hold’em main event from July 1-10.
- PokerGO Heads-Up Championship — 32 poker professionals, competing in a bracket-style format with a $100,000 buy-in scheduled for July 12.
- Poker Masters — 12 events, together with a signature purple jacket for the series winner from September 13-24.
- Super High Roller Bowl — Three-day $300,000 buy-in tournament scheduled for September 26.
New Points System
The events that will contribute to the players’ positions on the leaderboard include tournaments with buy-ins of $10,000 or more throughout 2021.
The new ranking system will award points for each in-the-money finish on tour. A prize pool of $175,000 will be awarded to the top three finishers, with the first place earning $100,000, the second $50,000, and the third $25,000.
PokerGO has looked at the ranking systems of professional sports and tried to recreate a similar structure. PokerGO president Mori Eskandani said,
“The PokerGO Tour events will include the world’s most challenging high stakes events in the world, bringing poker front and center in the world of sports in a way that has never been done before.”
More Tour Details to Come
Although PokerGO announced around 150 events in total, for now, we only have details about 34 proprietary events. The rest will probably come from qualifying events and future partnerships between PokerGO and existing tours. However, we don’t have any official news just yet.
We know that the top scorer at the end of the tour, which is scheduled to last until the end of 2021, will earn an additional $100,000. The second-placed and third-placed players will receive $50,000 and $25,000, respectively, in prize money.