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U.S. Poker Open Returns in 2019

Written By: Maya Michaels | October 10, 2018 | Posted In Poker News

Great news for poker players!

It has just been announced that the U.S. Poker Open will be back in February 2019 from Aria Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas strip. Aria, already a home to other high-roller series, including the Super High Roller Bowl and the Poker Masters, will now welcome the second leg of the High Roller Triple Crown out of the PokerGo studio.

“The U.S. Poker Open, and the trio of high roller majors including Super High Roller Bowl and Poker Masters that comprise the High Roller Triple Crown, further solidifies ARIA as the epicentre of high-stakes poker action,” said Sean McCormack, director of poker operations for ARIA.

“We will continue to bring our guests the most player-friendly poker events in the industry with our Poker Central partnership firmly in place through the foundation of the PokerGO Studio.”

The expanded ten-event tournament will be held from 13 to 23 February and the poker’s most experienced players in the world will compete for the title of U.S. Poker Open champion. Championship points will be awarded to players who cash in each of the ten events on the schedule. The whole tournament will be live streamed exclusively on PokerGo, the Poker Central’s OTT service and original episodes will air at a later date on NBC Sports Network.

The second annual U.S. Poker Open will feature five $10,000 buy-in tournaments, three $25,000 buy-in tournaments, one $50,000 buy-in tournament and will further expand the high-roller contest with a new $100,000 buy-in main event. Poker Central will award the winner with a $100,000bonus payout in addition to the coveted championship trophy.

“The turnout across each phase of the High Roller Triple Crown continues to impress and, with the next U.S. Poker Open champion receiving a cash award of $100,000, we’re expecting that trend to continue,” said Sam Simmons, vice president of content at Poker Central.

“The entire series will serve as a fitting kickoff to a year of even more world-class live events and original programming that PokerGO subscribers will love.”

The star of the 2018 U.S. Poker Open was Stephen Chidwick who earned $1,250,650 along with the first-ever U.S. Poker Open trophy and title. He managed to cash in five events and final-table four events. He won two back-to-back $25,000 events, No Limit Hold’em and Mixed Game Championship. He also finished second to David Peterson in another $25,000 No Limit Hold’em.

Chidwick also earned a total of 990 Player of the Year points which moved him right on place 21 in the 2018 Card Player POY standings.

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