PokerGO Tour

The PokerGO Tour (PGT) is the official tour and ranking system for the world's top professional poker players that play in high roller poker tournaments with a minimum $5,000 buy-in.[1] The PGT celebrates the most elite professional poker players by awarding points based on prize money won in approximately 150 tournaments around the globe.[2][3]

PokerGO Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2023 PokerGO Tour
PokerGO Tour 2022.png
SportPoker
FoundedApril 22, 2021 (2021-04-22)[1]
Most recent
champion(s)
United States Jason Koon
Most titlesBosnia and Herzegovina Ali Imsirovic (20)
Official websitePGT.com

HistoryEdit

Launched in April, 2021, the PokerGO Tour was created to reward poker players that played in high roller poker tournaments around the world. The top three finishers would share in $175,000 in prize money, and when residential mortgage company Guaranteed Rate was announced as the presenting sponsor in September, the prize money was increased to $350,000; $200,000 and the Guaranteed Rate Cup for the points leader, $100,000 for second place, and $50,000 for third place.[3][4][5][6]

Following the conclusion of all qualifying PokerGO Tour tournaments for the 2022 season, the top 21 players on the PokerGO Tour leaderboard will be invited to play in the season-ending PGT Championship.[7] Players will have their starting chips based on how many points they earned during the season, and the PGT Championship will be a winner-take-all where the winner will collect the $500,000 first-place prize.[8][9][10]

Following the conclusion of all qualifying PokerGO Tour tournaments for the 2023 season, the top 40 players on the PokerGO Tour leaderboard and select "Dream Seat" winners will be invited to play in the season-ending PGT Championship.[11] All players will have their starting chips based on how many points they earned during the season, with the minimum set at 100 big blinds. The PGT Championship will be a $1,000,000 freeroll with a $500,000 first-place prize.[12]

Points systemEdit

The PokerGO Tour calculates all cashes that are less than $1,000,000 in prize money by using three percentages based on buy-in amounts; 0.0010% for $5,000 to $24,999 buy-in events, 0.0006% for $25,000 to $99,999 buy-in events, and 0.0003% for $100,000+ buy-in events.[13] For cashes more than $1,000,000 in prize money, the following points table is used for cashes that fall within structured segments.[13]

PokerGO Tour Points System
Cash $10,000 - $24,999 $25,000 - $99,999 $100,000+
$5,000,000 - $5,999,999 1,600 1,100 800
$4,000,000 - $4,999,999 1,500 1,000 700
$3,000,000 - $3,999,999 1,400 900 600
$2,500,000 - $2,999,999 1,350 850 550
$2,000,000 - $2,499,999 1,300 800 500
$1,500,000 - $1,999,999 1,250 750 450
$1,000,000 - $1,499,999 1,200 700 400
< $1,000,000 0.0010% 0.0006% 0.0003%

Seasons and championsEdit

The PGT aims to crown the best tournament poker player in the world each year. Players compete throughout the entire year in high-stakes poker tournaments against the toughest competition in the world and are ranked by the PGT leaderboard. Each PGT season there is a season-ending event called the PGT Championship.

In 2021, Ali Imsirovic was crowned the 2021 PGT champion ahead of Michael Addamo and Sean Perry.[14][15][16]

In 2022, Stephen Chidwick finished as the 2022 PGT Player of the Year, while Jason Koon won the PGT Championship.[17][18]

Season Events PGT Champion Most wins Most cashes Highest earnings
2021 145   Ali Imsirovic   Ali Imsirovic (14)   Ali Imsirovic (34)   Michael Addamo ($9,418,837)
2022 175   Jason Koon   Stephen Chidwick (6)   Stephen Chidwick (32)   Espen Jørstad ($10,217,955)
2023 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

PGT majorsEdit

There are currently four PGT majors. They are the PokerGO Cup, Poker Masters, U.S. Poker Open, and Super High Roller Bowl. The PGT's season-ending event is called the PGT Championship.

PokerGO CupEdit

Season Events Cup winner Tournament winnings Runner-up
2021 8   Daniel Negreanu $1,016,200   Ali Imsirovic
2022 8   Jeremy Ausmus $824,500   Sean Perry
2023 8   Cary Katz $655,800   Anthony Hu

Poker MastersEdit

Season Events Purple Jacket winner Total winnings Runner-up
2021 12   Michael Addamo $1,840,000   Nick Petrangelo
2022 10   Sean Winter $777,000   Jason Koon
2023 TBD TBD TBD TBD

The Poker Masters was first held in 2017. It was first included in the PGT in 2021 as the PGT launched for that year.

U.S. Poker OpenEdit

Season Events Golden Eagle winner Total winnings Runner-up
2021 12   David Peters $832,950   Sean Winter
2022 12   Sean Winter $1,196,000   Tamon Nakamura
2023 10 TBD TBD TBD

The U.S. Poker Open was first held in 2018. It was first included in the PGT in 2021 as the PGT launched for that year.

Super High Roller BowlEdit

Season Events Championship ring winner Total winnings Runner-up
Super High Roller Bowl VI 1   Michael Addamo $3,402,000   Justin Bonomo
Super High Roller Bowl VII 1   Daniel Negreanu $3,312,000   Nick Petrangelo

Super High Roller Bowl EuropeEdit

Season Events Championship ring winner Total winnings Runner-up
2021 Super High Roller Bowl Europe 1   Wiktor Malinowski $3,690,000   Ivan Leow
2022 Super High Roller Bowl Europe 1   Jake Schindler $3,200,000   Paul Phua

Super High Roller Bowl was first held in 2015. It was first included in the PGT in 2021 as the PGT launched for that year.

Player statsEdit

Top 10 all-time money listEdit

Information correct as of 24 December 2022.

Rank Player PGT winnings
1   Michael Addamo $11,225,480
2   Espen Jørstad $10,217,955
3   Jake Schindler $10,179,541
4   Jason Koon $9,655,677
5   Ali Imsirovic $9,641,477
6   Alex Foxen $9,312,620
7   Stephen Chidwick $9,223,404
8   Koray Aldemir $9,204,452
9   Nick Petrangelo $8,499,074
10   Daniel Negreanu $7,735,079

Top 10 most tournament winsEdit

Information correct as of January 27, 2023.

Rank Player Total PGT wins PokerGO Cup Poker Masters U.S. Poker Open Super High Roller Bowl Other
1   Ali Imsirovic 20 3 1 1 15
T-2   Michael Addamo 8 2 1 5
T-2   Sean Perry 8 2 1 5
T-2   Jake Schindler 8 1 1 6
T-5   Justin Bonomo 7 7
T-5   Stephen Chidwick 7 1 6
T-5   Alex Foxen 7 2 1 4
T-8   Sean Winter 6 1 1 3 1
T-8   Chris Brewer 6 1 5
T-8   Nick Petrangelo 6 1 5
T-11   Andrew Lichtenberger 5 1 4
T-11   Daniel Negreanu 5 2 1 1 1
T-11   David Peters 5 3 2
T-11   Jason Koon 5 1 1 3
T-11   Jeremy Ausmus 5 1 1 1 2

Top 10 most cashesEdit

Information correct as of January 27, 2023.

Rank Player PGT cashes
1   Ali Imsirovic 55
T-2   Stephen Chidwick 53
T2   Cary Katz 53
4   Alex Foxen 47
5   Chris Brewer 43
T-6   Sam Soverel 42
T-6   Sean Winter 42
8   Sean Perry 37
9   Jeremy Ausmus 36
10   Jake Schindler 32

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