The US Poker Open premiered on NBC Sports Network last night, with four brand new episodes being aired.
This year’s US Poker Open was originally a made-for-streaming event that was shown live on PokerGo’s platforms earlier this year. Buy-ins for the 12-event series ranged from $10,000 to $50,000, which meant there was an all-star cast in attendance between June 3 and 15.
NBCSN viewers got to see Jason Koon, David Peters, Stephen Chidwick, and other top pros do their thing on TV last night. If you missed it, don’t worry. There will be two more shows this month and each one will feature the best hands from four separate tournaments.
The next broadcast will air on Monday, Aug. 23, and the final four events will be shown on Monday, Aug. 30.
To mark the occasion and give players a chance to become winners in their own right, Global Poker is hosting a unique online series to accompany the show. The free-play site sponsored the US Poker Open and will now offer US players 32 tournaments between Aug. 23 and Sept. 5. Players can enter 16 MTTs using Global Poker’s onsite currency, Gold Coins. The other 16 events will use Sweep Coins which are Global Poker’s promotional credits.
Even though Global Poker is a free-play site, its Sweeps Coins can be redeemed for cash vouchers and prizes. Gold coins can’t be redeemed for cash prizes, but they can be used to play games on Global Poker and, in turn, win Sweeps.
To ensure everyone has something extra to play for, PokerGo is sweetening the pot. The top performer from the Gold Coin MTTs will have a tournament named after them. The top performer from the Sweeps Coin MTTs will win $5,000. The cash prize will fund the winner’s trip to Las Vegas where they’ll receive a golden trophy at the PokerGo Studio.