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US Poker Open kicks off at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas

Fri, Feb 15, 12:43pm by Staff Writer

With the Aussie Millions coming to an end last week, all eyes turn to the annual US Poker Open at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The first event of the series is the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em.

Players will begin the event with 125,000 chips and have the opportunity to re-enter at least twice through the first nine levels of play.

According to Poker News, levels for this event will be 30 minutes long and players will play down to the final table on day one of the event.

The final table takes place on Friday 15 February and is lived streamed on PokerGO.

The US Open is a 10-event series where players accumulate points for their finish in the event.

The player who accumulates the most points over the course of the series is crowned US Poker Open Champion and receives a prize of $100,000.

This is a different method of determining a series winner compared to the 2018 edition of the event, where the player who accumulated the most earnings throughout the series was the winner.

Stephen Chidwick looking for back to back wins

In 2018, Stephen Chidwick amassed the most earnings across the 2018 series and was the winner.

The US Poker Open is part of the trio of high roller events offered at the Aria Resort and Casino.

The other two events are the Super High Roller Bowl and the Poker Masters.

This event will last 10 days and feature several other events including the $10,000 Short Deck Hold’em, $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em, $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha and $25,000 Eight-Game Mix.

Last year’s event winners included Justin Bonomo, Mike Gorodinsky, Stephen Chidwick, Ben Tollerene, Benjamin Pollak, David Peters and Keith Tilston.

Aria Resort and Casino is a luxury resort and casino, part of the CityCenter complex on the Las Vegas Strip.

Aria consists of two curve glass and steel highrise towers adjoined at the centre.

It opened on December 16, 2009 as a joint venture between MGM Resorts and Infinity world Development.

The towers are 4,000,000 square feet and 600 feet (180m) in height.

It is the largest and tallest structure at CityCenter.

The resort’s 61 and 51-story towers contain an American Automobile Association five diamond hotel with 4,004 guest rooms and suites, 16 restaurants, 10 bars and nightclubs, and a casino with 14,000 square metres of gaming space.

Among the most notable aspects of Aria is its incorporation of technology in the exterior and interior design of the hotel, specifically for the reduction of energy consumption.

It is the largest hotel in the world to have earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

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