The PokerGo Tour took a brief break over the holidays, but it returns with a vengeance on Wednesday with its first $10,000 event of 2022.
PokerGo’s stable of high-stakes events has grown steadily since it launched in 2017. Mori Eskandani, PokerGo’s president, parlayed this growth into a new series last year.
The inaugural season of the PokerGo Tour got underway in June 2021 and featured 150 tournaments costing $10,000+. Despite the ongoing impact of COVID restrictions, it was enough of a success for the organizers to get out of the gate early in 2022.
PokerGo Tour mixing things up in 2022
The Venetian in Las Vegas will host the first event of the second season. A total of four tournaments will run from Jan. 5 to Jan. 8, with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $25,000.
- Jan. 5 – $10,000 Venetian High Roller #1
- Jan. 6 – $10,000 Venetian High Roller #2
- Jan. 7 – $15,000 Venetian High Roller #3
- Jan. 8 – $25,000 Venetian High Roller #4
The PokerGo Tour will then move across the Las Vegas strip to the Aria, where it will host a unique series of tournaments known collectively as the Stairway to Millions. The first Stairway tournament starts on Jan. 12 and costs $1,000 to enter.
Anyone who cashes in that event will be entered into the second Stairway to Millions tournament. That tournament costs $2,000 and gets underway on Jan. 13. This process of players stepping up to ever more expensive tournaments continues until the $100,000 finale takes place on Jan. 19.
Tournaments will combine fan favorites and innovative ideas
Players can buy directly into any of the eight Stairway to Millions tournaments, however, the main idea of the series is to give players with smaller bankrolls a chance to move up the ranks. Unlike standard satellites where the aim is to progress to the next stage, Stairway events play down to a winner. That means anyone who makes it into the money not only gets entry to the next event, but also wins some cash.
This innovation continues a trend started in 2021 when the PokerGo Tour created its own points system. Ali Imsirovic claimed the first Player of the Year title in December after winning 14 events, cashing in 20 more, and banking more than $6 million.
He’ll have the opportunity to defend his title starting on Wednesday. In addition to the opening events at the Venetian and Aria, this year’s tour will see the return of popular tournaments such as the PokerGo Cup, the Heads-Up Championship, and the Super High Roller Bowl.