It is probably fair to consider Aria Casino in Las Vegas the unofficial home of streaming channel PokerGO. Sure, the action on PokerGO was all World Series of Poker (WSOP) this summer. However, Aria hosted the Super High Roller Bowl in May.
Plus, the Nevada casino is hosting the return of Poker After Dark in August. There is also a brand-new poker TV tournament series at Aria in September, the Poker Masters.
Poker Masters brings golf concept to poker
The new Poker Masters event will feature five different poker tournaments. All of the events are tied together, however.
Players will earn points based on their finish in each of the events. The player with the most points at the end of the series wins a purple jacket designed by fashion designer Waraire Boswell.
The series consists of four two-day $50,000 buy-in events and a single three-day $100,000 buy-in. The $50,000 event features one re-entry, while the $100,000 event is a freezeout.
Here is the full schedule of Poker Masters events:
September 13 – Event No. 1: $50,000 buy-in
September 14 – Event No. 2: $50,000 buy-in
September 15 – Event No. 3: $50,000 buy-in
September 16 – Event No. 4: $50,000 buy-in
September 18 – Event No. 5: $100,000 buy-in
Event capitalizes on popularity of Aria High Rollers
For the past couple of years, Aria has quietly become the High Roller destination in the United States. The property hosts regular $25,000 and $50,000 buy-in tournaments. These events are frequented by some of the top poker players in the world.
So far, the poker room put on 72 High Roller poker events, including 18 just this summer. Some drew just two tables, while others drew upwards of 30. The small numbers may not be impressive, but the competition was as tough as you were going to find in Vegas this summer.
Tollerene and Koon among confirmed participants
So far, it is unclear exactly who will participate in the event. Poker pros Jason Koon and Ben Tollerene confirmed to PokerGO’s parent site, PokerCentral, that they will play.
It is also fair to assume PokerCentral’s roster of ambassadors will take part as well. Those players include:
- Daniel Negreanu
- Brian Rast
- Phil Hellmuth
- Maria Ho
- Tom Marchese
- Antonio Esfandiari
Every player save for Ho played in the Super High Roller Bowl. Both Esfandiari and Negreanu are also in the line-up for the return of Poker After Dark at Aria on August 7.
The popular duo of Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman will handle Poker After Dark commentary. There is no announcement yet who will be in the booth for Poker Masters though.
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