With WSOP finally concluded, you’d think that there’d be a shortage of tournaments for poker players to sink their teeth into. However, that hasn’t been the case at all. For instance, PokerGO recently announced the return of yet another Stairway to Millions, much to the excitement and joy of poker players in the country.
The inaugural Stairway to Millions took place at the start of the year in January. The Stairway to Millions was organized as part of PokerGo Tour’s second season. The tournament featured 8 event series which offered a wide range of buy-ins starting from a low $1000 climbing to $100,000 to suit poker players from all walks.
The second version of the Stairway to Millions is set to be held at the Venetian in Las Vegas. During the second iteration of the Stairway to Millions, the series will be made up of 12 events and will offer a guarantee of $2.15 million in combined cash prizes. The first of the series features a buy-in of $460 and will rise to $52, 000 for the final poker tournament.
What’s so impressive about PokerGO’s Stairway To Millions is that it offers professional poker players a chance to dip their toes into both worlds; poker and satellite tournaments. With both these formats on offer, the participants will have the rare opportunity to climb through the rankings to better cash prizes.
All 12 events will take place over 2 days. Poker players interested in taking part will be given a chance to register for the first 6 levels of every event. The tables will consist of 8-handed action in the beginning but will whittle down to 7-handed action once the registration period is closed.
In the first-ever Stairway to Million held in January, professional poker player Chance Kornuth emerged champion of the $2,150 No-Limit Hold’em. As a result, he walked away with an impressive cash prize of $51,600. Kornuth beat a field of 129 poker players to continue his streak of success.
In 2021, Kornish was ranked second in the Global Poker Index Player of the year standings after Ali Imsirovic. The poker player also earned 3rd place during October 2021’s WSOP where he earned $194,670 during Event #29.
The upcoming Stairway to Millions at the Venetian is scheduled to take place between September 8th and 20th. With the lowest buy-in starting from $460, poker players will be given a path to participate in the massive $52,000 poker tournament. In addition to walking away with a portion of the combined prize pool, the poker players who cash in at any event will automatically win a seat at the upcoming buy-in level.
The participants that finish in any top 3 positions will leapfrog a whole buy-in level, as well as be awarded a portion of the prize pool. All the events are designed to play into the money before winding down to the final table. Players will then be asked to return the following day to finalize the event and crown the latest champion of the Stairways to Millions event.
Those poker players that finish in the top 8 positions will also be given a Venetian trophy while poker players ranked between the 89th and 12th position will be given PGT Trophy. PokerGo has been working hard to bring its customers exciting poker experiences and the Stairway to Millions certainly promises to be that.
Each day of the tournament will kick off at noon and registration will remain open daily until the start of Level 7 events. It should be noted that the first 6 events will feature thirty-minute levels while the remaining events will be 40-minute levels. The first 8 poker tournaments will offer participants unlimited re-entry while the final 4 will offer double re-retry.
The final 4 events of the tournament will be part of the PokerGo Tour and will offer participants an opportunity to earn PGT points to qualify for the PGT Championship at the end of the season. Only players that make it to the top 21 positions will be invited to take part in the PGT Championship which will be offering a cash prize of $500,000 to the first-place finishers.
Those interested in watching the festivities can avail themselves of The Venetian Resort. For those unable to make it for one reason or another, live reporting will be done by PokerGo’s live reporting team.
PokerGO’s growth has been slow but sure
Earlier this June, BetMGM, which is one of the most recognized sports wagering and iGaming operators in the country, announced a partnership agreement with PokerGO. This agreement saw the 2 brands hosting the BetMGM Poker Championship final table.
It is also worth noting that last year in April, PokerGO signed a partnership deal with CBS Sports. As a result of this deal, PokerGO has been serving as CBS’ TV partner for the World Series of Poker Main Event, as well as a few hand-picked WSOP Bracelet events. As of last year, CBS has been acting as the exclusive domestic TV home of the WSOP.
As a result of this deal, CBS was able to maintain its longstanding relationship with WSOP. If you may recall, it was CBS Sports that first broadcast the first poker game in the country. The broadcasting network has been a pioneer in live poker coverage, which has helped PokerGO gain access to one of the highest profile and richest poker events in the world.
At the start of the year, Daniel Negreanu was once again declared the winner of the PokerGo Cup series. Negreanu beat 35 participants in Event #6, a No-Limit Hold’em tournament with a buy-in of $25,000. In beating the 35 entrants, he claimed his second PokerGO tournament title.
BetMGM and PokerGO also co-hosted a freeroll tournament worth $25,000 at the PokerGO Studio currently situated at the Aria Resort in Vegas. The championship live table at the Aria was held on June 26th as the inaugural championship final table. In addition to the poker action, Jeff Platt and Jamie Kerstetter were also present to commentate on all the jam-packed action that occurred.