There have been many rags-to-riches stories in poker. The biggest of them all is one that everyone in poker knows all too well, and that’s the tale of Chris Moneymaker turning an online satellite into $2.5 million and a gold bracelet when he took down the 2003 World Series of Poker main event.
But you too can write your name in poker’s history books. PokerGO is keeping the ultimate dream alive with the first-ever Stairway To Millions event coming up in January 2022.
PokerGO’s inaugural Stairway to Millions takes place at the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from Jan. 12-20, 2022. The eight-event series features $3 million in prize pool guarantees and offers players the opportunity of a lifetime to turn a modest $1,000 buy-in into a massive $100,000 tournament entry and the chance to compete for a $1 million prize.
The Stairway to Millions has eight different buy-in levels, starting at $1,000 and going up to the direct buy-in of $100,000. In each event level prior to the $100,000 finale, players who finish in the money will automatically qualify for the next event level. The next level’s buy-in will be automatically deducted from a player’s payout.
Unlike a standard satellite tournament, each event level is a two-day event that plays down to a winner. After securing the seats into the next tournament, the rest of the prize pool is paid out accordingly.
The conclusion of each event level will be showcased to viewers around the world via the PokerGO.com platform.
Players can directly buy into any of the eight scheduled Stairway to Millions events for a chance to ladder up to the next level. Each event boasts a prize pool guarantee, with the guaranteed prize amounts growing as the series goes on. The first three event levels feature $100,000 guaranteed prize pools. The $100,000 buy-in finale has a whopping $1.2 million prize pool guarantee.
The first three events will also share similar structures with 30-minute blind levels. Events 4-7 will have 40-minute blind levels, and the event 8 finale will have 60-minute blind levels. The final four events of the series, events 5-8, will qualify for 2022 PokerGO Tour points as the buy-ins are greater than $10,000.
For the latest schedule and details, check out PokerGOnews.com.
In a similar fashion to all events held inside the PokerGO Studio, each tournament will have a 30-second poker shot clock in play. Players must be in the registration line prior to the 12 p.m. PT start time to qualify for any discounts on entry fees.
Stairway to Millions gives non-high roller players the opportunity to not only play a poker tournament inside the PokerGO Studio, but also do so at a level many can only dream about playing. The PokerGO Studio is one of the most luxurious settings for a poker tournament, and Stairway To Millions players will have the chance to reach the final table and be part of the PokerGO.com live stream that airs the following day.
“With so many of our regular events at the PokerGO Studio featuring buy-ins of $10,000 or more, we are pleased to present the first-ever Stairway To Millions and give players at all levels the chance to compete in a six-figure buy-in for a million-dollar prize,” said PokerGO President Mori Eskandani. “This uniquely formatted event has several points of entry and culminates with a $100,000 finale. For those who have dreamt of playing at the highest levels, the Stairway To Millions is the perfect opportunity to do so while also winning money as you climb to the top.”
“Playing in the PokerGO Studio and competing for millions of dollars is something we hope all players can experience at some point in their career,” added PokerGO Director of Programming Brent Hanks. “There’s so much untapped talent we have yet to showcase in our events, and it would be incredible to see someone run up the dream from the $1,000 buy-in level and compete at the $100,000 price point.”
Winners of the first seven events will receive a special trophy to commemorate their victory. The Golden Stairway Trophy will be awarded to the champion of the $100,000 finale.
In addition to the conclusion of each buy-in level being live-streamed on PokerGO.com, the PokerGO News team will be providing live updates of the entire Stairway To Millions series.
Watch all the Stairway to Millions’ final tables exclusively on PokerGO.com from Jan. 13-20, 2022. ♠