It’s a big week in Las Vegas with the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event starting, but there’s also another reason to have Saturday, July 8 circled on your calendar.
Some of poker’s brightest stars are heading Downtown Las Vegas to help launch the latest social poker product, Rivals of Poker. The Downtown Grand Casino Citrus Pool Deck will host the Rivals of Poker launch party, beginning at 8pm.
Both Sam Abernathy and Maria Ho are both scheduled to be in attendance. There will also be other top poker pros, a live DJ and games for all attendees to play.
Rivals of Poker, produced by Nobot Games, is a free-to-play app currently available in the iTunes store for download. The game combines some of the best aspects of online poker, social gaming and esports.
“Poker hasn’t had much product innovation in recent years,” said Ray Ting, co-founder of Rivals of Poker. “Our Rivals of Poker game fosters competitive communities and rewards them for their participation. So it’s only natural to bring the poker community together for an event like this as we officially launch the product.”
As players play Rivals of Poker, they begin to get ranked based on their overall skill level. Each and every hand played by a player is rated as compared to optimal play.
When players sign-up for Rivals of Poker, they’ll choose a team to play for and each team will be tied to a land-based casino. Along with moving up the rankings, players can earn loyalty points which can be redeemed at the land-based casino they chose to represent.
The convergence of esports and poker is something that the Downtown Grand had little trouble getting behind.
“As Downtown Grand grows our esports and tech sector presence, we’re positioned to host the best launch events in Las Vegas,” said Max Curtis, Esports Director at Downtown Grand. “Rivals of Poker is taking a fresh approach to a traditional gaming product, which fits perfectly with our evolving vision of our venue’s position in the Las Vegas community.”
The party is open to anybody wishing to attend.