From March 11-19, 2023, the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada will host the first-ever PGT PLO Series, the third series of the 2023 PokerGO Tour (PGT) season.
As a result of player feedback and requests for a high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha series, a nine-event calendar was crafted. The calendar starts off with two $5,000 buy-in tournaments, one of which has $2,000 bounties, and features a number of Omaha variations. Four $10,000 buy-in tournaments follow, including Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo and a Mixed Omaha event with a three-game rotation of Pot-Limit Omaha, Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, and Big O.
Before the $15,000 buy-in championship tournament, there will be a $5,000 reward event. Starting on Saturday, March 18, the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship will begin with larger starting stacks and longer levels, while the series will conclude with a one-day $2,200 5-Card Pot-Limit Omaha event that will not count toward PGT points and thus will not affect the PGT PLO Series leaderboard.
2023 PGT PLO Series Schedule
|Start Date||Number||Event||Starting Stack||Level Length|
|March 11||1||$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha||125,000||40 minutes|
|March 12||2||$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty ($2,000 bounties)||125,000||40 minutes|
|March 13||3||$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha||125,000||40 minutes|
|March 14||4||$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo||125,000||40 minutes|
|March 15||5||$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha||125,000||40 minutes|
|March 16||6||$10,000 Mixed PLO / PLO8 / Big O||125,000||40 minutes|
|March 17||7||$15,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty ($5,000 bounties)||125,000||40 minutes|
|March 18||8||$25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship||200,000||60 minutes|
|March 19||9||$2,200 5-Card Pot-Limit Omaha (One Day)||100,000||30 minutes|
A 30-second shot clock will be in effect for the PGT PLO Series, as it is for other PGT-run tournaments. There will be a total of twelve 30-second time extensions available to players: six at the beginning and six more after the field is down to its final six. If you get in line to register for the tournament before 12 p.m. PT, you won’t have to pay the rake for your initial buy-in.
The 2023 PGT season includes all events, and participants get points depending on how much money they take home from those tournaments. The PGT Trophy and a $25,000 Championship bonus will be given to the players with the most points accumulated during the course of the PGT PLO Series’ $5,000+ buy-in events.
Broadcasting via satellite of the PGT PLO Series
The PokerGO Studio will host two satellites for the PGT PLO Series on March 9-10, 2023, for those who want to participate in the tournament but don’t want to spend a fortune doing so.
Satellites for Pot-Limit Omaha will be held at $560 and $1,100 on March 9 and 10, respectively. Like with other PGT PLO Series events, players will begin with 125,000 in chips and play the same number of levels over the course of 30 minutes. The first satellite goes live at 1 p.m. PT, and the second at 4 p.m.
Winners of the $560 satellite may participate in the $5,000 main event, while those of the $1,100 satellite can play in the $10,000 main event.
Predicting the PGT PLO Series Champion.
On the wake of the success of PGT Mixed Games, which saw fierce competition among players for the PGT Mixed Games title, the PGT PLO Series is sure to feature a similarly intense sprint to the top of the scoreboard.
As Negreanu is likely to compete in the vast majority of PGT PLO Series Cup events, he is among the favorites to win the first tournament series’ championship cup. After finishing third in the $10,300 Dealer’s Choice event and sixth in the $25,500 10-Game Championship, Negreanu cashed three times at PGT Mixed Games. Being one of the finest Pot-Limit Omaha players in the world, Josh Arieh plans to attend the PGT PLO Series and build on his already stellar reputation. The other three of Arieh’s bracelets all came in Pot-Limit Omaha, including two in 2021 when he was named WSOP Player of the Year.
On top of that, several home players will have a great shot at making some noise in the PGT PLO Series rankings. Players like Ben Lamb, Dylan Weisman, Sam Soverel, and Sean Winter are likely to compete in the bulk of the scheduled events and finish at the top of the scoreboard.