Poker Masters Kicks Off at Aria Offering Quality High Roller Action

The time for one of the most exciting events on the live poker tournament calendar has almost arrived and excitement is certainly building up in Las Vegas where said event will take place over the next week.

Aria launched its Poker Masters high roller festival last September. The event enjoyed great success and drew some of the most accomplished high roller players in the world. In the end, it was Germany’s Steffen Sontheimer who became the winner of all winners, claiming the coveted Purple Jacket and collecting a total of $2,733,000 in prize money from the four tournaments he managed to cash in.

This year, the second-ever edition of the Poker Masters will officially run from September 7 all the way through September 15. Aria Resort & Casino, the creator of the series, will of course play host to the thrilling festival. The Poker Masters will feature seven tournaments, five of which will be No-Limit Hold’em ones. There will also be a Pot-Limit Omaha tournament and a Short Deck one, as well, which will add more thrill and will additionally heat up action at the host casino.

Buy-ins for the events will vary from $10,000 to $100,000 for the Main Event, which will take place on September 13-15. The Pot-Limit Omaha event will feature a $25,000 buy-in fee, while the Short Deck even, making it for the first time into the series, will feature a $10,000 buy-in fee.

Who Will Win the Purple Jacket?

Aside from the addition of different poker variants into the series and of more events, organizers introduced one other very significant change from the inaugural edition of the Poker Masters. Last year, the player who won the largest amount throughout the series was crowned the overall champion and was awarded the Purple Jacket.

This year, Poker Masters will use the High Roller of the Year scoring system to award the coveted non-monetary prize. Generally speaking, players will be given points depending on the position they finish in in any of the seven events. A first-place finish will thus award 100 points, a second-place finish will give 70 points, a third-place finish will award 50 points and so on and so forth.

In addition, in-the-money finishes in any of the six preliminary events will award 3.0 multipliers, which means that a first-place finisher will receive 300 points. The Main Event winner will be awarded a 3.5 multiplier, which means that they will receive 350 points for their victory. The player that collects the most points will be awarded the one and only Poker Masters Purple Jacket and will join Steffen Sontheimer in the very elite and still very tiny club of champions.

Each of the seven events will feature a 30-second shot clock. And each of the participants in any of the seven events will be have five chips for a 30-second time extension.

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