Tom Dwan, Brad Owen, Phil Ivey, and other star players will compete in a WPT Online Heads-Up Championship on the Poker King site. The 32-player online poker tournament, which costs $25,000 to enter, runs June 18-22.
Heads-up challenges have become quite a fad in poker over the past year. From the Galfond Challenge (all three of them) to Doug Polk vs. Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Hellmuth vs. Daniel Negreanu. Sometime soon, we may also see a match between Landon Tice and Bill Perkins.
While we await Round 3 of Hellmuth vs. Negreanu, there’s another exciting heads-up event to follow; an online tournament on Poker Kings, a poker site promoted by Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan, two of poker’s all-time most popular pros.
The tournament lasts four days and uses a single-elimination format. Once you lose, you’re done. Poker Kings will set up brackets much like the NCAA Tournament. Each player who wins advances to the next round, and the eventual champion must conquer five straight opponents.
The complete list of players expected to compete isn’t yet available, but we do know some of the names include Dwan, Ivey, Owen, Tice, and Nick Schulman. So, the event will be stacked with familiar faces and top pros. Poker King will live-stream the tournament on Twitch and YouTube.
Rising up in stakes
Owen isn’t typically a tournament player, or a high-stakes poker player, or even a heads-up pro. But the popular poker vlogger with more than 420,000 YouTube subscribers is taking his shot against some of the biggest names in the game.
One potential opponent for the vlogger with a dry sense of humor is Tom Dwan, aka “durrrr,” who is accustomed to playing for such massive stakes. In fact, $25,000 is pennies compared to the buy-ins in most of the games he plays these days.
Dwan is one of the most popular poker players ever. He made millions during the poker boom era on Full Tilt Poker, and is the all-time biggest winner on High Stakes Poker. There are many other potential exciting matchups on the WPT Online Heads-Up Championship, but one won’t be Hellmuth vs. Negreanu, as neither will play in the tournament. We will get to see them battle on the live poker felt, however, one day after the 32-player tournament concludes (June 23) on PokerGO.