Friday April 23, 2021 at 5:30 pm

Get ready for the brand-spanking new PokerGo Tour launched by PokerGo, which was created to establish a bona fide professional ranking system. This new PokerGO Tour will include 150 international events, including PokerGo's branded events -- US Poker Open, Poker Masters, and Super High Roller Bowl -- in which poker pros compete for the Poker Go Tour Player of the Year and an additional $100,000 in cash.

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Get ready for the latest innovation in the poker world. PokerGo made a bold move with the latest launch of the PokerGo Tour, which will utilize a new ranking system to determine who's really the best of the best tournament players in the professional realm.

The poker community has been trying to create a professional tournament tour that equates to the PGA Tour in golf in which professionals compete with each other in pro events to determine an annual leaderboard winner. PokerGo is the latest entity in poker to give the daunting task a shot. In the past, the World Poker Tour attempt to give it a shot with the defunct Poker Players Tour (PPT), which sounded great in theory, but failed to produce a viable circuit for pros.

There's a reason why it's been difficult to achieve because it's difficult for poker pros to agree on anything and it's been a heck of a challenge to create a fair yet realistic leaderboard system to determine the best of the best.

During the poker boom, media big wigs CardPlayer and Bluff Magazine created their own ranking systems to determine which players were doing the best among their peers in various tournament circuits. Most recently PocketFives and Global Poker Index had created a uniform standard to rank international and online players. Now, it's PokerGo's shot at trying to establish both an unified system with a legit pro tour.

PokerGo already had a head start with several of their own-branded events, which have grown in popularity over the years among the elite tournament players, pros, and deep-pocketed semi-pros. PokerGo's branded events includes the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, and US Poker Open. All three will be an integral part of the 150 event circuit to determine the PokerGo Tour Player of the Year (PGTPOY). Other events include the PokerGO Cup and PokerGO Heads-Up Championship.

"The sport of poker is hundreds of years old and until now, there has not been a globally recognized tour and ranking system that establishes and celebrates the most elite players across the globe, so we started something we hope will evolve and grow," explained Mori Eskandani, President of PokerGO®. "The PokerGO Tour™ events will include the world's most challenging high stakes events in the world, bringing poker front and center in the world of sports in a way that has never been done before."

The 2021 US Poker Open in early June at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas kicks off the PokerGo Tour. The US Poker Open has 12 events featuring high-balla action.

Head over to PokerGO to check out the new ranking system, which I'm sure will cause some sort of controversy. Kudos for PokerGO for taking a shot at this. Let's hope it can stick for a while and grow into the pro tour that pros have been craving for decades.

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