Running February 1-9, Poker Central presents the US Poker Open, a series of made-for-streaming high-roller events. The ARIA Resort and Casino is set to host eight events of intense high stakes action that pits the best in the world (and those that have the cash to challenge them) in a series of tournaments that include the disciplines of No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and an Eight-Game Mix event.
A high stakes pro looking to play every event is going to need to have a healthy amount of cash on hand as the total for just firing a single bullet in each event will run $180,000. The scheduled breakdown of events includes two $10,000 No Limit Hold’em contests, three $25,000 No Limit Hold’em, one $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha, the $25,000 Mixed Game Championship and the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event. All of the events are single re-entry.
The majority of the No Limit Hold’em tournaments, as well as the lone Pot Limit Omaha tournament, are scheduled to run for two days. The Mixed Game Championship and the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event are slated for three days.
The Mixed Game Championship features a bevy of games that audiences aren’t used to seeing broadcast including Limit Hold’em, 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better as well as mainstays No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha.
Much like the Poker Masters, where a tailored Purple Jacket was presented to the winner, the inaugural USPO comes with a special trophy that will be bestowed upon the player who performs the best over the course of the series.
The best part for poker fans is that the entire slate of events will be available for viewing on PokerGO. Veteran poker announcer Ali Nejad will be joined by World Series of Poker Main Event final table participant Jeremy Ausmus in calling all of the action. Every final table will be live-streamed and both the $25,000 Mixed Game Championship and the $50,000 Main Event will be shown from Day 2 through the crowning of a winner.
As to who will show up to claim the newly made trophy that’s anyone’s guess, but a few players are speaking up and throwing their hat in the ring. Poker Central ambassador Daniel Negreanu is looking to play all the events, even offering another “must-win” prop bet of $50,000 against all comers. One of those who may take him up on the offer is Phil Hellmuth who is currently in Los Angeles shooting segments of “The Raw Deal” for the World Poker Tour. He’s just a private plane ride away from Las Vegas. The GPI American Player of the Year Bryn Kenney took to Twitter looking to bet on himself to win the trophy. Adrian Mateos, coming off his runner-up finish in the $25,500 Lucky Hearts Poker Open High Roller, has also confirmed he’ll be firing in some events including the Main Event.
While attendance for any poker events is never assured, other possible (and perhaps, likely) attendees include Nick Schulman, since he’s not in the broadcast booth. Also perhaps a trio of partypoker ambassadors in Jason Koon, Isaac Haxton and Fedor Holz. The Aria is an Uber ride away for Las Vegas residents Brian Rast, Tom Marchese, and Andrew Robl if they are in town. It’s also likely that viewers will the chance to see some of brave “businessmen” taking their shots including PokerStars PCA High Roller Champion Cary Katz, Lauren Roberts and Streamboat captain Bill Perkins.
While the cards are in the air on February 1, viewers will get their chance to watch it all go down starting on Feb 2 with the final table of Event #1.
US Poker Open Schedule of Events
- February 1 – $10,000 No Limit Hold’em
- February 2 – $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em
- February 3 – $25,000 No Limit Hold’em
- February 5 – $25,000 Mixed Game Championship
- February 6 – $10,000 No Limit Hold’em
- February 7 – $25,000 No Limit Hold’em
- February 8 – $25,000 No Limit Hold’em
- February 9 – $50,000 No Limit Hold’em MAIN EVENT