Daniel Negreanu Sets The Stage for Poker Masters

Matthew Clark September 8, 2017 720 Reads
Poker Masters

PokerGo has been the talk of the poker world since it launched in May. The live streaming service broadcasts the biggest events in poker including the World Poker Tour, the World Series of Poker, and Poker After Dark. Now, PokerGo is bringing even more original content to the table starting on September 13 with the Poker Masters

Poker Masters features some of the best names in the game going against each other for a week straight with all matches filmed and live streamed for PokerGo. The rules for Poker Masters are simple. Win the most money during the week and walk away with the one of a kind Purple Jacket.

The site for Poker Masters is Aria in Las Vegas, the same location of PokerGo properties Poker After Dark and the Super High Roller Bowl.

The Poker Masters structure

Over the course of a single week, four $50,000 preliminary events are to be played out followed by the three-day $100,000 championship event that runs from September 18-20.

All four of the $50,000 events offer a single re-entry option and 30-minute levels for the duration of play. The tables will play seven-handed and are scheduled as two-day tournaments. Play will go on Day 1 until only seven players remain and then Day 2 will start from the final table.

For the $100,000 finale, all levels are 60 minutes and players start with 200,000 chips. The single re-entry option remains available for all entrants. Days 1 and 2 will play 10 levels each before Day 3 plays to a winner and the first Poker Master is crowned.

The lineup has yet to be formally announced but thanks to Daniel Negreanu, there is an indication toward some of those who might be participating.

The Poker Masters lineup

The official listing of players scheduled to participate remains unknown but among those scheduled to appear are Fedor Holz, Jake Schindler, Tom Marchese, and Doug Polk.

Poker Masters side bet action

Always up for some extra juice, Negreanu offered action up to $50,000 on every player participating in Poker Masters versus him in a must-win bet. As part of the stipulations for the bet, either Negreanu or the player he is betting against have to win the Poker Masters otherwise the bet is void. 

For example, if Negreanu is betting against Adrian Mateos and neither player wins the bet becomes null and neither side loses any money.

The bets do not have to be $50,000 per player, but Negreanu is capping the action at that amount.

So far, Negreanu has taken action on 18 players, giving him the chance to win $900,000 additional in prize money should he win the Poker Masters title.

Negreanu’s wager brought out plenty of interest from the poker community with Jason Mercier, Mike Gorodinsky, and Igor Kurganov all weighing in.

As a note, the players listed on Negreanu’s bet sheet are not officially part of Poker Masters yet. The inclusion of the below players in the side action gives a good indication as to who might be among the contestants once the full lineup is released.

Once the finalized lineups are released, Negreanu’s bets will become finalized and those who are not part of the Poker Masters action will result in a zero sum loss.

How to watch the Poker Masters

All Poker Masters events are airing on PokerGo with start times that vary by day. On Wednesday, September 20, the final day of the $100,000 will be played out starting at 5:30 p.m. ET with the Poker Masters winner to have the Purple Jacket put on them in prime time.

Wednesday, September 13 Thursday, September 14 Friday, September 15
Prelims Day 1 Prelims Day 2 Prelims Day 3
8:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 16 Sunday, September 17 Monday, September 18
Prelims Day 4 Prelims Day 5 Championship Day 1
3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

*all start times are in E.T.