Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino, which was established in 2009, captured the attention of the poker gaming community when professional poker player Phil Hellmuth beat an impressive field of 254 players to become the champion of the Pittsburgh Poker Open Main Event, taking home a cool first-place prize of $54,000.
The Pittsburgh Poker Open formed part of a poker festival called Poker Night in America (PNIA), which is scheduled to return to Rivers Casino for the third time on November 5. The PNIA will continue till November 23, 2015.
The Pittsburgh Poker Open will be held for 23 days, and its grand finale will be the $1,000 Main Event featuring two beginning flights and a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000. The Main Event will begin on November 20 and end on November 23. Phil Hellmuth has already confirmed that he will be taking part in the event.
Three days before the Main Event is scheduled to begin, there will be an invitational high-stakes live poker cash game, which will be a televised event. Players Shaun Deeb, Jennifer Harman, David Eldrige, Matt Glantz, Dennis Phillips, Jack Schanbacher, Jennifer Tilly, Jack Schanbacher, and Phil Hellmuth have confirmed that they will be taking part.
Jim Tinney, the poker room manager for Rivers Casino, said: “The Rivers Casino is thrilled to have national TV coming back to Pittsburgh. Poker Night in America is returning to bring the excitement of poker pros playing for high-stakes and will also be here to televise the Pittsburgh Poker Open. Phil Hellmuth is returning to defend his crown as he won the Main Event last year. We are expecting a big turnout. This is a chance for all players to come and play alongside some of the best and most exciting poker pros in the world.”
Although the cash game is invitational, players will still be given the opportunity to buy into it, appear on TV, and play their favorite game with some of the world’s best players. This is because the PNIA is going to host three single-table satellites with buy-ins of $1,000 each from November 20 to November 22. The winner of each satellite will be awarded the buy-in of $10,000 to the cash game.
The Pittsburgh Poker Open gives players from all over the world the opportunity to enjoy three days of non-stop poker action, which will be streamed live every day on Twitch.tv. David Tuchman will be delivering the commentary.