Players and fans of PokerGO’s proprietary live poker festivals will be delighted to know that they can now resume taking part in top-notch high-stakes action after the poker streaming service has confirmed that its marquee events are making a return after going on a break for over a year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the same time, PokerGO has also unveiled the “The PokerGO Tour”, the world’s first-ever global professional poker ranking system, which will work similarly to the various ranking systems present in today’s most renowned professional sports.
PokerGO is well-known for hosting some of the most popular high-stakes poker tournaments in the world, such as the Super High Roller Bowl and Poker Masters. These events have also become a huge hit among poker fans and spectators at home not only because they attract the elites and the top pros and award massive prizes, but also because of the excellent production, courtesy of the PokerGO Studio outside of ARIA.
PokerGO’s live tournaments traditionally take place on an annual basis, but they were shelved in 2020 when the live poker industry was entirely shutdown due to the pandemic. Fortunately, two Super High Roller Bowls were successfully held last year prior to the worldwide lockdown, the first took place in Australia in February, followed by a Sochi edition in March.
Timothy Adams triumphed in both events, adding over $5 million to his live tournament earnings. The other players making the final table of both tournaments were prominent names in the high-stakes arena, such as Christoph Vogelsang, Mikita Badziakouski, Ben Heath, Adrian Mateos, Ivan Leow, Kahle Burns, and Cary Katz.
The Poker Go Tour – Tournament Schedule & Key Details
The action will kick off with the US Poker Open, a returning series which is set to take place from June 3-14, with 12 tournaments to choose from. The event debuted in 2018, with Keith Tilston winning the Main Event, and Stephen Chidwick being crowned as series champion. The 2019 edition saw David Peters taking home the Main Event title. He was also the overall leaderboard winner.
The US Poker Open will be followed by two new events – the PokerGO Cup (July 1-10) which features eight tournaments, and the PokerGO Heads-Up Championship (July 12), which will see a total of 32 players competing in heads-up format.
The new heads-up tournament is PokerGO’s way of joining the ongoing heads-up craze in the world of poker today. A new show called “High Stakes Duel” is also currently being aired on PokerGO, with the latest match being that between poker legends Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu.
The Poker Masters, which awards the highly-coveted Purple Jacket to the top-performing player at the end of the series, will run from September 13-24, featuring 12 tournaments. Poker Masters has become hugely popular among players since its launch in 2017. In 2020, an online edition of the tournament took place on partypoker. Among previous Purple Jacket winners were Steffen Sontheimer (2017), Ali Imsirovic (2018), and Sam Soverel (2019).
Last but not the least, the popular Super High Roller Bowl will return on September 26, featuring a buy-in of $300,000. The event debuted in 2015, with Brian Rast taking home the first-ever SHRB crown. Other past winners include Rainer Kempe, Christoph Vogelsang, Isaac Haxton, Cary Katz, Daniel Dvoress, and Justin Bonomo who is the only player to win three SHRB titles.
Ranking System
The entire PokerGO live tournament schedule features just 34 individual tournaments all in all, but according to its presser, around 150 qualifying events will count toward the season leaderboard. While officials have yet to release the full details of where the rest of the tournaments would come from, it’s understood they will team up with other existing tours.
The leaderboard will award $175,000 in extra prizes to the top three performers of the season– $100,000 in cash alongside the Player of the Year title will go towards the top finisher, while $50,000 and $25,000 will be awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place players respectively.

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