The PokerGO Tour® (PGT®) finished its second season with a flourish. After the PGT’s initial season in 2021 delivered amazing figures, the PGT’s 2022 season saw enormous growth. Beginning with the PokerGO Cup in January 2023, the tour anticipates an even larger and stronger 2023 season.
From its first to second season, the PGT saw an increase in prize money, entrants, and events. Throughout 145 high-stakes poker events during the 2021 PGT season, $273,872,903 was paid in prize money. In 2022, the prize money distributed from 175 events increased to $426,160,998. These figures indicate a 55.6% increase in the prize money granted in PGT-qualifying competitions.
The average prize pool for a PGT event increased from $1,888,779 in 2021 to $2,435,206 in 2022, according to a breakdown of the prize pool figures. This is an increase of 28.9 percent in the average prize pool for PGT-qualifying tournaments.
During the 2021 season, there were 17,873 total entries in PokerGO Tour events. During the 2022 season, there will be 24,998 entrants, a gain of 39.9%. Throughout the inaugural season of the PGT, the 145 events averaged 123,3 entrants. In the second season of the PGT, the 175 events had an average of 142.8 participants.
Jason Koon Champion of the 2022 PGT
The 2022 PGT season finished with the star-studded PGT Championship, in which the world’s greatest players competed for the chance to be declared the greatest. In order to qualify for the season-ending PGT Championship, players played throughout the year in high-stakes poker events against superior opposition.
Only twenty-one players qualified for the PGT Championship, including Jason Koon, who entered the season’s final event with the third-highest point total, behind only Stephen Chidwick and Phil Ivey. Three tournament titles and 18 cashes contributed to Koon’s $6,731,848 in PGT winnings in 2022.
The first day of the PGT Championship was dominated by Koon, who carried 57% of the chips into Day 2. From there, Koon fought his way to victory, beating Sean Winter in heads-up play to claim the winner-takes-all $500,000 prize. Koon also won the 2022 PGT Championship trophy and was proclaimed the 2022 PGT champion.
Season of 2023 PGT Begins In January
The 2022 PGT season has concluded, and there will be a brief holiday break until the 2023 PGT season begins. The season will begin in January with the third edition of the PokerGO Cup, which will be held in the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas from January 11-20. The buy-ins for the 2023 PokerGO Cup begin at $10,000 and reach a maximum of $50,000.
As part of the PGT, the PokerGO Studio will host the first PGT Mixed Games series in February. This festival will be held from February 4 to 11 and will include the following games: $10,300 H.O.R.S.E., $10,300 8-Game, $10,300 Triple Stud Mix, $10,300 Big Bet Mix, $10,300 Triple Draw Mix, and $10,300 Dealer’s Choice. Events for $5,300 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw and $25,500 10-Game Championship.
The PGT’s first-ever pot-limit Omaha series will take place from March 11-19, with buy-ins ranging from $2,200 to $25,000.
The U.S. Poker Open, Poker Masters, and Super High Roller Bowl will be added to the PGT program for 2023 shortly. As in the previous two seasons, the 2023 PGT season will comprise ARIA High Roller events and select high-stakes poker tournaments that match PGT requirements.