A Guide for the 2022 US Poker Open

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The PokerGO Tour rolls on this week with the start of the US Poker Open. The event starts tomorrow and will feature nearly two weeks’ worth of high-stake poker. All the action goes down at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The ARIA is a great hotel, but it is far from the only highly rated Las Vegas hotel.

In the fourth installment of the US Poker Open, players will compete for more than just bragging rights. The person with the most PokerGO Tour points will also win the coveted Golden Eagle Trophy. David Peters is the reigning champion and has won in back-to-back events.

The US Poker Open may not have the long lineage of other high-stake tournaments but is just as exciting. Last year, Peters walked away with over $800,000 in winnings. With the same number of events this year, the winner of the Golden Eagle could take home a similar haul.

With the first hand less than a day away, let’s take a closer look at the 2022 US Poker Open. For weekly updates on the world of Poker, make sure you check out our Friday Poker blogs.

US Poker Open Events

For the second straight year, the US Poker Open will feature 12 events. Many of the events will be No-Limit Hold’em. However, there will also be multiple other types of events such as Pot-Limit Omaha and 8-Game events. A full table of events can be found below.

  • March 16th: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em, starting stack 125,000
  • March 17th: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha,starting stack 125,000
  • March 18th: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em, starting stack 125,000
  • March 19th: $10,000 Big Bet Mix, starting stack 125,000
  • March 20th: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em, starting stack 125,000
  • March 21st: $15,000 8-Game, starting stack 150,000
  • March 22nd: $15,000 No-Limit Hold-em, starting stack 125,000
  • March 23rd: $15,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, starting stack 125,000
  • March 24th: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em, starting stack 150,000
  • March 25th: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, starting stack 150,000
  • March 26th: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em, starting stack 150,000
  • March 27th: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em, starting stack 200,000

Players will win points throughout the tournament based on their performances at the 12 events. Making it to the final table will score some points, but winning the event will get a player the most points.

Each event has its own buy-in amount.  In the past, players have opted to skip events that do not play to their skill set. For instance, last year David Peters skipped the PLO and Mixed Games events. However, Peters has won at least three events last year and earned enough points to win the Golden Eagle Trophy.

How to Watch the US Poker Open

The 2022 US Poker Open begins on March 16th and will have one tournament a day. It all leads up to the final tournament on March 28th. The 12-day event will take place at the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

For fans that want to watch the action, PokerGO will be streaming the final tables for each event. The streams will begin at 4 pm ET each day. You will need a PokerGO subscription in order to watch the event.

PokerGO does not stream the beginning of events. However, fans can get live updates about the tournament on their website. After the event is dwindled down to the final competitors, PokerGO will broadcast the event.

Who Are the Past Winners of the US Poker Open?

Only two people, Stephen Chidwick and David Peters, have claimed victory at the US Poker Open so far. The event began, in 2018 and has been held a total of three times. The 2020 US Poker Open had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Stephen Chidwick won the inaugural US Poker Open in 2018. The Englishmen won two of the eight events during the tournament. Chidwick also made the final table in three additional events that year. His total winnings from the tournament topped $1.2 million. Chidwick has played in subsequent US Poker Opens, but he has not been able to replicate his success. Still, he is one of the top players in the world and should not be counted out in any tournament he enters.

In 2019, the tournament expanded and crowned a new champion. The defending champion Chidwick started strong, winning two of the first six events. Unfortunately, Chidwick fell off and David Peters emerged as the winner. Peters’ victory included a late comeback and a win in the 10th and final event. Peters won the event with 550 total points, just edging out Chidwick and Sean Winter who were tied at 540 points.

Peters would have to wait to defend his title after the 2020 US Poker Open was canceled. When the action resumed in 2021, Peters needed another late comeback to secure the win. In the second to last event, Peters had to overcome a massive deficit to the chip leader Jake Daniels. Peters’ win in the 11th event secured his win for the tournament as a whole. Peters’ win is even more impressive given that he had not played live poker in 18 months.

With recent success on his side, Peters will certainly be one of the favorites in this year’s US Poker Open. However, there are plenty of other talented players to keep an eye on. Sean Winter has been the runner-up in the last two tournaments. Ali Imsirovic has also had significant success in recent years. Imsirovic set the record in 2021 for the most tournament titles in a calendar year.

What Are the Prizes at the US Poker Open?

The 12 events on the US Poker Open schedule offer players plenty of chances to win money. On top of their winnings from the individual events, players will earn PokerGO Tour points based on their performances. The player with the most points will be crowned the 2022 US Poker Open Champion.

Winning the US Poker Open comes with more than just a new title. The player with the most PokerGO Tour Points also gets to take home the Golden Eagle Trophy. The trophy is reported to weigh over 50 pounds.  And if that were not enough, the champion is also awarded a $50,000 bonus.

Throughout the tournament, the PokerGO Tour points players earn will go toward their yearly total. Last year, Ali Imsirovic was crowned PokerGO Tour Player of the Year after earning more than 4,300 points. Along with the title, Imsirovic earned the top prize of $200,000.

Even if players do not walk away as the champion, they can still earn quite a bit of money. Last year, Sean Winter earned his second consecutive runner-up placement. Despite being more than 100 points behind David Peters, Winter earned nearly $800,000 during the tournament. Winter was able to win the final table that had a prize of over $750,000.

Conclusion

The US Poker Open has quickly become one of the most exciting tournaments in the country. For its fourth installment, the tournament will once again return to the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Fans can catch all of the action live on PokerGO’s website. You can also check back here for weekly updates on all the US Poker Open events.