High Stakes Poker Season 9 is set to debut Feb. 21 on the World Poker Tour, with even bigger stakes and more action than ever before in the series’ nine-year history.
The “pokergo cup buy-in” is a new poker tournament that will be held on Feb. 21, 2018 in Las Vegas. The event will have a $100,000 prize pool and the winner of the tournament will take home $25,000.
For televised poker aficionados, the big stakes action continues at PokerGO. High Stakes Poker will return from the Aria casino in Las Vegas on February 21st, according to the platform.
Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, and Patrik Antonius are among the major names returning. Last week, the platform’s PokerGO Cup came to a close, with Jeremy Ausmus taking home the title of overall series winner.
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For High Stakes Poker, the cards are once again in the air.
High Stakes Poker Season 9 debuts Monday at 8 p.m. (ET). Episodes are shot at the PokerGO Studio with stakes ranging from $200/$400 to $500/$1,000. Brunson and Negreanu are the only players on the program who have played for eight seasons.
Both will be featured on the opening episode of the next season, with a $100,000 minimum buy-in. Along with Ivey, Dwan, and Antonius, Koray Aldemir, the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event winner, makes an appearance.
With hundreds of millions of dollars on the line, hosts Gabe Kaplan and AJ Benza return to the commentary booth. For the next 14 weeks, fans will be able to watch a new episode every Monday.
In a press release, PokerGO President Mori Eskandani remarked, “Season 9 of High Stakes Poker is perhaps the finest season ever, and we cannot wait for poker aficionados to play the game in its purest form at astounding stakes.” “Fans will be happy to see a renovated set that seeks to replicate the classic authenticity of this renowned program, as well as the return of $50,000 bricks of cash on the table,” says the press release.
Ausmus is the champion of the PokerGO Cup.
The PokerGO Cup came to an end on Feb. 10 after two weeks of play, with Ausmus winning the title. Ausmus earned $824,500 in four of the eight tournaments he competed in, including one victory and four top-three finishes.
The winner took home $263,250 in Event 4: $15,000 No Limit Hold’em. Ausmus received a $50,000 prize for finishing first in the series.
“It’s fantastic,” Ausmus added afterwards. “It took a lot of effort to win this. Everyone at the final table had a chance to win it, and I barely made it.”
Ausmus led the series in points heading into the final table of Event 8, but he didn’t have the title wrapped up. In reality, any of his four opponents may win.
After winning the series, Jeremy Ausmus sjpws off the PokerGO Cup. (All images courtesy of PokerGO)
“I had the smallest stack, but once [Daniel] Negreanu busted, [Nick] Schulman couldn’t win anymore, so as long as I continued laddering, I was more likely to win,” Ausmus stated. “Then [Sean] Perry had to win heads-up for me, and he had a massive chip advantage.”
For this high-stakes regular, the title and bonus were welcome additions. He has already won over $11 million in live tournaments.
Ausmus described earning the series championship as “amazing.” “I was just telling someone that I’d been crushed in here.” I was home for supper every night throughout the US Poker Open and Poker Masters, and I had no idea what it was like to have any points or anything.
“Then I was in the main race and saw how committed everyone was and how invested people are, something I hadn’t realized before.” It’s fine. It’s a great deal of fun. The additional $50,000 is fantastic.”
Examining the last two Cup events as well as the standings
Some familiar names rose to the top again in the series’ last two events. Ali Imsirovic was the winner of Event #7: $25,000 NLHE for a total of $365,500.
He came out on top in a field of 43 competitors for a $1.1 million prize fund. Imsirovic continued to cruise after entering the final table as the chip leader, eventually defeating Sam Soverel in heads-up play to win the tournament. Soverel brought earned $236,500 as the runner-up.
Sean Perry won his second championship of the season in $50,000 NLHE for $640,000 in the final event. There were 32 entrants in the event, with a prize fund of $1.6 million.
Brock Wilson came in second place and received $416,000 in prize money. Perry had won Event 2: $10,000 NLHE for $200,000 earlier in the series. Perry had a strong showing, finishing third and tenth respectively. Here’s a peek at some of the series’ early action.
Nick Petraneglo now leads the PokerGO Tour leaderboard after winning Event 5: $25,000 NLHE for $369,000. In January’s Stairway to Millions, he went on a tear, winning two events and claiming the series championship.
Perry is in second place, barely ahead of Petraneglo, with Ausmus in third. The top five in the standings are as follows:
Leaderboard for the PokerGO Tour 2022
- Nick Petraneglo ($2.1 million) – 1,066 points
- Sean Perry ($1.2 million) – 707 points
- 658 points ($824,500) Jeremy Ausmus
- Ali Imsirovic ($1.1 million) – 651 points
- Brock Wilson ($760,250) 570 points
In March, the platform will host the US Poker Open.
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