Screenshot of the BetMGM Poker Ontario lobby, showing step satellites for ARIA Poker Championship shown, starting at $5. Ontario online poker players get a shot at winning a $6000 package to the 2022 ARIA Poker Championship in Las Vegas Screenshot of the BetMGM Poker Ontario lobby, showing step satellites for ARIA Poker Championship shown, starting at $5. Ontario online poker players get a shot at winning a $6000 package to the 2022 ARIA Poker Championship in Las Vegas

Players on BetMGM Ontario will soon be able to compete to win a package to the BetMGM Poker Championship to be held at the ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, next month, pokerfuse can reveal.

As we reported last week, BetMGM has scheduled a slate of step satellites across its three BetMGM Poker US sites, giving players the chance to win a package worth $6000. The company has made no official mention yet of the qualifiers being made available to players in Ontario, but pokerfuse has spotted the same tournaments listed in the BetMGM Poker Ontario client.

Starting Monday, May 23, players can start their journey for as little as $5. Players progress through a total of four steps, which finish each Sunday with a Final guaranteeing two prize packages.

Each package awards the winner the $3500 buy-in to the tournament, cash towards travel expenses, and a free stay at the ARIA during the tournament, which is part of the six-week-long ARIA Poker Classic.

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BetMGM Poker Championship: Key Dates

  • May 8 to June 12: Online satellites run across BetMGM US
  • May 23: Online satellites on BetMGM Ontario get underway
  • June 1 to July 17: ARIA Poker Classic runs
  • June 23 to 26: BetMGM Poker Championship runs

BetMGM launched in the newly regulated Ontario online poker market on April 5. It is the largest online poker room in the province as well as the top-rated Ontario online poker room in pokerfuse’s rankings. Alongside poker, it also offers an Ontario online casino and sportsbook.

An online poker offer like the qualifiers is a good example of why BetMGM is so highly regarded. It has become one of the biggest brands in North American online poker and clearly has vast ambitions. It now runs four online poker rooms across the continent — in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and now Ontario — equal to that of WSOP.

The BetMGM Poker Championship really underscores its efforts: a high stakes, premiere poker tournament running during the most important period in the poker calendar. It coincides not only with the 53rd World Series of Poker but also with the beloved competing series, the ARIA Poker Classic, which BetMGM’s tournament has become a highlight of.

It also is yet another hint that BetMGM is planning to launch real money online poker in Nevada soon, though the company is staying tight-lipped on this plan.

The online satellite path on BetMGM Ontario looks to be the same as what has been promoted on its US sites. The Daily $5 first-round guarantees three tickets to the second round, which, in turn, promises at least two tickets to a Round 3. This third round — the first of which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, and could run four times a week — pipes players through to a final Round 4. This tournament starts on Sunday and guarantees two packages valued at $6000.

Players can buy in at any stage. The future schedule is currently unknown, but if it follows the same structure as in the US markets, there will be Round 3s four times a week, and Final Rounds will be hosted every Sunday, with an increasing number of guaranteed packages.

BetMGM Poker Championships: Online Satellite Path

Round Direct buy-in Scheduled Guarantee
Round 1 $5 Daily 3 Tickets to Round 2
Round 2 $20 Daily 2 Tickets to Round 3
Round 3 $100 Likely Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 2 Tickets to Final Round
Final Round $500 Likely Sundays 2-5 $6000 packages

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