2019 U.S. Poker Open schedule announced

PokerGo is continuing the U.S. Poker Open in 2019 and released the schedule for the second edition of the big-money event last week.

The 2019 U.S. Poker Open returns to the ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from February 13-23 with more events and bigger buy-ins.

Last year’s inaugural U.S. Poker Open had eight tournaments. In Year 2, they’re increasing that to 10 tournaments with the addition of two short deck tourneys. The Mixed Game championship from last year has also been dropped from the schedule and replaced with an extra Pot-Limit Omaha tournament.

The first tournament on the U.S. Poker Open schedule is the first of two $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournaments. There are also a pair of $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournaments, as well as a $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em tourney.

Moving away from Hold’em, there are two Pot-Limit Omaha tournaments, one with a $10,000 buy-in and the other with a $25,000 buy-in. Both short deck tournaments, where a 36-card deck is used with the twos through fives removed, have $10,000 buy-ins.

The main event this year is an expensive $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. That’s double last year’s $50,000 buy-in in the main event.

2018 U.S. Poker Open recap

Like last year, the overall champion of the U.S. Poker Open will be the player who wins the most money throughout the event. The winner receives a $100,000 prize and the U.S. Poker Open trophy.

Last year’s inaugural U.S. Poker Open champion was Stephen Chidwick. He was the only player in the field to win more than one event, taking down two tournaments, the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament and the $25,000 Mixed Game championship. In total Chidwick posted five cashes last year and won $1,256,000.

That was just over $200,000 more than Keith Tilston, who won last year’s main event when it had a $50,000 buy-in. For winning the main event, he cashed $660,000, a big portion of the $1,047,100 he won altogether from four cashes.

The other tournament winners at last year’s U.S. Poker Open were Justin Bonomo, Mike Gorodinsky, Ben Tollerene, Ben Pollak and David Peters.