PokerGO, a subscription-based app from Poker Central, is set to introduce the first ever Poker Masters, a series of high roller poker tournaments, on September 13.
The series takes place at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and will be televised live.
The Poker Masters features four $50,000 buy-in tournaments and then a three-day $100,000 buy-in championship event beginning on September 18. Each tournament will be streamed live on PokerGO on a 30-minute delay.
This is the first poker series in the United States focused solely on high roller events. Many of the game’s top players will be in Las Vegas to compete in some or all the tournaments.
Players confirmed for this series include Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Doug Polk, Brian Rast, and Fedor Holz, the usual cast of characters in the world’s biggest poker events.
Poker Masters Ins and Outs
Each $50,000 tournament will last two days. On Day One, play will conclude when the tournament is down to the final seven players. The $100,000 series-ending tournament will last three days, with a champion crowned on September 20.
At the end of the series, a champion, the player who cashes for the most money overall, will win the coveted Purple Jacket, similar to the PGA Tour’s “Green Jacket,” awarded to golf’s Master’s champion.
The blind structure is similar to the regular Aria high roller tournaments that run once or twice a month. Blind levels will be 30 minutes and the big blind will always be responsible for paying the entire ante for the table. This is done to help speed up the game.
Another measure to speed the game up is a 30-second shot clock throughout each tournament. Players must act within 30 seconds or their hand will automatically be folded when facing a bet or forced to check when not facing a bet.
Each player receives three 60-second clock extensions which can be used at any time. Once a player is out of clock extension chips, they must act quickly the remainder of the tournament.
Kid Poker Hunting Side Action
“Looking for action for PokerMasters? I want to bet myself,” the longtime face of PokerStars and winningest tournament player in history tweeted. His tweet listed his terms and conditions:
-must win purple jacket
-$50k cap per player,” Daniel Negreanu posted on Twitter.
Kid Poker sought after and found many players willing to wager against him on winning the Purple Jacket. He put up $50,000 against approximately 20 players that he will be crowned series champion.
If he wins, they all have to pay him $50,000. If he loses, he has to pay the winner $50,000. So, he stands to win approximately $1 million on top of his tournament cashes if he can go on a sick heater.