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2019 Poker Masters to Offer 10 Events with $10,000+ Buy-ins

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The dates are set for the 2019 Poker Masters and elite poker professionals will get a shot at 10 different tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 all the way up to $100,000 for the No-Limit Hold’em Main Event.

The third annual Poker Masters will take place November 4-14, 2019, at the PokerGO Studio at Aria Casino in Las Vegas.

One of the most prestigious poker series in the world, the Poker Masters does not offer a single tournament with a buy-in of less than $10,000. In fact, it would cost $275,000 to play every event at the 2019 Poker Masters.

The Poker Masters’ signature purple jacket will once again be up for grabs for the player who performs the best over the course of the 10-tournament series.

Still a relatively new poker series compared to institutions like the WSOP and WPT, the Poker Masters was built on the rising popularity of high-roller tournaments — where buy-ins often exceed $25,000.

Big Bet, 8-Game to Make Masters’ Debut

While the Poker Masters has traditionally leaned very heavily on No-Limit Hold’em as the game of choice, there will be some new games on the schedule this year.

Organizers decided to add 8-Game and Big Bet tournaments for the first time ever. The series will also feature Pot-Limit Omaha and Short Deck Hold’em (where every card lower than a six is stripped from the deck).

The non-Hold’em events will all take place at the start of the series with a flurry of No-Limit Hold’em tournaments to close out the festival.

Meanwhile, the biggest game in town — the $100,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event on November 13 — will remain unchanged from last year.

Interestingly, every event on the Poker Masters will be rake-free for players who register on time. The series has had a problem with players registering late in the past and this represents an attempt to correct the issue. Players who don’t show up on time will essentially have to pay more to play.

Here’s a complete look at the 2019 Poker Masters Schedule:

Start DateFormatBuy-in
4-NovNo-Limit Hold’em$10,000
5-NovPot-Limit Omaha$10,000
6-NovShort Deck$10,000
8-NovBig Bet (NLH, PLO,2-7 SD)$10,000
9-NovNo-Limit Hold’em$25,000
10-NovNo-Limit Hold’em$25,000
11-NovNo-Limit Hold’em$25,000
12-NovNo-Limit Hold’em$50,000
13-NovNo-Limit Hold’em$100,000

2019 Poker Masters to Stream on PokerGO

The entirety of the 2019 Poker Masters will be streamed exclusively on poker-streaming service PokerGO.

This year’s Poker Masters was originally scheduled to take place November 1-10 but was moved back for unknown reasons. One could speculate that it was to give a little more breathing room for players who are also playing the World Series of Poker Europe, which is scheduled to take place from October 13 to November 4.

November is a relatively quiet month for the international poker circuit with WPT Montreal and the partypoker MILLIONS event in the Bahamas being the major events of note.

The Poker Masters is part of a High Roller Triple Crown of Poker that was invented by Poker Central. The other events on the schedule include the Super High Roller Bowl, which generally takes place in the winter, and the U.S. Poker Open, which takes place in the spring.

American Ali Imsirovic is the defending Poker Masters champion after winning back-to-back tournaments and earning more than $1.2 million in the series last year.

German poker pro Steffen Sontheimer won the purple jacket in the inaugural Poker Masters after making four final tables and winning two events.