Poker Central, amongst other poker outlets, has been trying to restore normalcy to the game of poker in this pandemic riddled 2020. Poker Central had early partnered with PokerGo in the production of live-streamed online content. One of which is the numerous episodes released around the High Stakes Duel head to head matchup between Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari.
After which PokerGo established the first showdown for a long term heads up content between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk. Where the first 200 hands of 25,000 were played from the PokerGo Studio before the rest hands were moved online. Up next will be the return of live high stakes players to Aria on the Las Vegas Strip for $10k buy-in tournaments.
High Rollers Tournaments Return to Aria
The pandemic put a halt to all live poker, especially tournaments. However, Poker Central and Aria are out to meet the dire demands of players who enjoy the high buy-in events, as they have become accustomed to them at Aria or in PokerGO Studio.
Even though Aria opened its poker room on July 1, after being closed for about four months, and cash games resumed some weeks after in July, tournaments are a different ball game. Poker Central made an announcement saying that the high roller tournaments will commence again in a couple of days into December. This can be seen as a trial phase to see the outcome, players’ readiness to compete, and the organization of Aria staff during the events.
The events are slated to hold on December 3-5, featuring one event per day with a $10K buy-in each. Reentries are allowed, and late registration will be open for six levels as the event begins each day by 2pm local time. This is to be done in strict adherence to the Covid-19 regulations.
New Poker After Dark
Poker Central, who bought the rights of the Poker After Dark, relaunched the show in 2017, with a Season 8 sequel. The tv show did extremely well, and a spin-off series, Poker After Dark: Studio Cuts, was earlier this year introduced, with footage from Season 9-11. Season 11 started in 2020, with two episodes. Poker Central has announced that more episodes will be released from December 13, but they are exclusive to PokerGO subscribers.
New High Stakes Poker
There has been a massive demand for a televised high stake live cash game action, with High Stakes Poker missing from the televised poker scenery as far back as 2011. Poker Central came to the rescue earlier in the year, as it purchased the brand in February 2020 and all its rights.
PokerGO subscribers have been privy to the old episodes of the High Stakes Poker, as the last episodes of High Stake Poker were aired in 2011. Poker Central has over the past months mastered how to film safely during this pandemic, using best practices to protect everyone involved.
The show’s alumni, Tom Dwan, had announced on his Twitter page about a month ago that he was involved in the new season being shot.
Poker Central has also announced that the new episodes of High Stakes Poker will debut on PokerGo exclusively on December 16.