Poker Central Hopes High Stakes Mixed Games Draw Pros And Viewers To Aria

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Poker Central will welcome the New Year, new resolutions with the debut of the U.S. Poker Open, a high-stakes tournament Jan. 31 through Feb. 11 at ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Joe Kakaty, president of Poker Central, said this:

“The U.S. Poker Open is our newest marquee tournament positioned to kick off the high-stakes tournament calendar. Our lineup of quarterly majors give PokerGO subscribers year-round access to some of the best high-stakes poker in the world.”

With $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000 tournaments, the series will stream the high-stakes action live exclusively on PokerGO.

These include:

  • Two $10,000 no-limit hold’em events
  • $10,000 pot-limit Omaha tournament
  • Three $25,000 no-limit hold’em tournaments
  • USPO $25,000 Mixed Games Championship
  • $50,000 no-limit hold’em Main Event

The poker player with the most money earned by the end of the series will take the champion slot and receive the championship trophy.

Adding on to the poker majors

The U.S. Poker Open follows a laundry list of majors that Poker Central schedules during the year, including the Super High Roller Bowl and Poker Masters.

“We host some of poker’s top high-stakes tournaments at ARIA and are looking forward to kicking off the 2018 poker season with the U.S. Poker Open,” said Sean McCormack, director of poker operations for ARIA, in a press release. “Poker Central has quickly built a tremendous schedule of poker events that are bringing worldwide awareness and excitement to the industry.”

The US Poker Open schedule

  • Feb. 1 – Event No. 1: $10,000 no-limit hold’em
  • Feb. 2 – Event No. 2: $10,000 pot-limit Omaha
  • Feb. 3 – Event No. 3: $25,000 no-limit hold’em
  • Feb. 5 – Event No. 4: USPO $25,000 Mixed Game Championship
  • Feb. 6 – Event No. 5: $10,000 no-limit hold’em
  • Feb. 7 – Event No. 6: $25,000 no-limit hold’em
  • Feb. 8 – Event No. 7: $25,000 no-limit hold’em
  • Feb. 9 – Event No. 8: $50,000 no-limit hold’em Main Event

All no-limit hold’em events will follow the structure of that used during Poker Masters. The USPO Mixed Game Championship will feature:

  • 2-7 Lowball triple draw
  • Limit Texashold’em
  • No-limit Texas hold’em
  • Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
  • Pot-limit Omaha
  • Razz
  • Seven-Card Stud
  • Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

The excitement continues to build

Poker Central announced the Poker Open on Nov. 21 as a high roller tournament that would be a new item for 2018. Poker professionals Daniel Negreanu and Brian Rast liked the idea of having non-hold’em events at the Open.

“To me – when looking at the U.S. Poker Open – the thing that stands out the most is that it has mixed games and PLO in addition to the No Limit Hold’em tournaments,” Rast said to Poker Central. “Unlike the Poker Masters – which was just No Limit Hold’em – this is more inclusive of other forms of poker.”

Negreanu expects to see several pros, including:

  • Bryn Kenney
  • David Peters
  • Adrian Mateos
  • Steffen Sontheimer
  • Christian Christner
  • Fedor Holz

Neagreanu and Rast ran high roller mixed tournaments this year and said mixed-game specialists did only “okay” compared to the other specialists.

“It will be interesting to see how many guys are willing to play PLO and Mixed Games because it’s part of a series and there’s a reward for winning the overall leaderboard,” Negreanu said to Poker Central. “I think that some guys might take some more risks which would’ve otherwise not have done that because there is that overall honor of winning the Championship.”

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