BetMGM launches new poker tournament at Aria Thursday

Poker players gather at the PokerGO studio at Aria for the $25,000 free roll before the start of the BetMGM Poker Championship on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in Las Vegas. Players in the free roll qualified for the for the tournament through online play.(Steel Brooks/Las Vegas Review-Journal) A person walks by a banner for the BetMGM Poker Championship at the Aria on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in Las Vegas. (Steel Brooks/Las Vegas Review-Journal) $306K paid out for bad beat jackpot hit at off-Strip casino Caesars opens Arizona’s largest sportsbook at Diamondbacks’ stadium BetMGM, the sports betting and iGaming operator affiliated with MGM Resorts International, is launching a new poker tournament Thursday and has brought dozens of online tournament poker winners to Las Vegas for the competition.

The first-ever BetMGM Poker Championship is scheduled through Sunday at Aria and is occurring during the 2022 Aria Poker Classic. It’s also going on during rival Caesars Entertainment’s World Series of Poker, which began May 31 and runs in Las Vegas through July 20.

“To me, it complements our online business that we have these fantastic properties that are legendary for poker, especially the Aria, and so it’s a natural progression, the growth of our business, to start utilizing our relationship here,” said BetMGM Director of Poker Luke Staudenmaier. “We have a lovely opportunity to bring a lot of our players from across the country to poker’s capital in Las Vegas.”

At least 300 players are expected to participate in the inaugural tournament, which is a $3,500 buy-in no limit hold ‘em tournament carrying a $1 million payout guarantee. On Saturday, a $600 buy-in BetMGM Poker Mystery Bounty will mark the first time Aria has run this modern take on a live poker knockout tournament.

Online poker in three states

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BetMGM poker is primarily an online product in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ontario, Canada, Staudenmaier explained.

“We ran online promotions that awarded players a package to come to Las Vegas and play this event,” he said.Through a rolling schedule of daily qualifiers […]

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