PokerGO Monthly Preview: December 2022

By Tim Duckworth
December 01, 2022

The final month of the year on PokerGO will see the culmination of the PokerGO Tour season with the PGT Championship, the return of the RunGood Poker Series (RGPS): All-Stars ProAM, and the inaugural NFT Invitational.

High Stakes Duel III continues with Phil Hellmuth having the opportunity to walk away as the three-time champion if he can defeat Jason Koon for the $1.6 million prize. No Gamble, No Future continues with weekly episodes, while Friday Night Hangouts with Boston Rob will be available on the PokerGO YouTube channel.

PokerGO Preview December

High Stakes Duel

High Stakes Duel III is returning in December with Phil Hellmuth in the winner’s chair following his Round 4 victory over Scott Seiver. High Stakes Duel history will be made for the consecutive round as a $1,600,000 prize pool will be up for grabs between Hellmuth and his newest opponent, Jason Koon.

Koon takes the seat that Seiver vacated and will be putting up $800,000 in a bid to dethrone Hellmuth and push the action to an unprecedented Round 6.

Hellmuth was on a seven-match win streak before he was defeated by Tom Dwan in Round 2. Hellmuth steered the chip in the right direction and defeated Dwan, and then Seiver. Hellmuth is now one victory away from $1,600,000 and having the option to walk away as the High Stakes Duel III champion.

If Koon defeats Hellmuth, he will advance to Round 6 where Hellmuth will have the first option to challenge Koon in a match for $3,200,000. Koon will need to win two consecutive matches for him to be granted the option to walk away as the High Stakes Duel III champion.

Round 5 of High Stakes Duel III is set to premiere on Wednesday, December 7, at 8 p.m. ET with Hellmuth and Koon battling for $1,600,000. The Weigh-In is set to air on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET with Ali Nejad hosting the sit down between the two Round 5 opponents.

Watch Round 5 of High Stakes Duel III on Wednesday, December 7, at 8 p.m. ET.

PGT Championship

The PGT Championship is the PokerGO Tour’s season-ending event that will crown the PGT champion and award a winner-take-all $500,000 first-place prize. The 2022 PGT Championship will feature the top 21 players as ranked by the official PGT leaderboard.

Once the 2022 PGT season concludes on December 20 with the final ARIA High Roller and WPT World Championship, the top 21 players on the PGT leaderboard will earn eligibility to compete in the 2022 PGT Championship.

Each player will begin the three-table, seven-handed tournament with starting stacks based on the number of points earned throughout the PGT season. For each 10 PGT points earned, players will receive 1,000 chips. Stephen Chidwick currently sits atop the PGT leaderboard with 3,274 PGT points, which equates to 327,500 in chips; good for a starting stack of 327.5 big blinds.

There are 14 events remaining on the PGT schedule for 2022, and players still have many opportunities to accumulate points to reach eligibility for the PGT Championship, or to increase their starting stacks.

Watch Day 1 of the PGT Championship on Wednesday, December 21, at 4 p.m. ET.

Watch the final table of the PGT Championship on Thursday, December 22, at 4 p.m. ET.

NFT Invitational

The inaugural NFT Invitational will play out from the PokerGO Studio on Saturday, December 3, with players that hold a PokerGO Genesis NFT having earned a ticket into the NFT Invitational $25,000 freeroll.

Awaiting the NFT Invitational champion is a $5,000 first-place prize, and for players that hold multiple PokerGO Genesis NFTs, they are entitled to additional starting chips if they own five or more, or ten or more.

Entry to the NFT Invitational is open to anyone that owns a PokerGO Genesis NFT, and some are still available now on OpenSea. Holding a PokerGO Genesis NFT not only awards you a seat into the NFT Invitational, but it also comes with exclusive merchandise, holder-only prizes and events, and a PokerGO subscription for as long as you hold the PokerGO Genesis NFT.

Watch the NFT Invitational final table on Saturday, December 3.

RGPS: All-Stars ProAM

The RGPS: All-Stars ProAM returns to the PokerGO Studio on December 16 with a field including 30 qualifier, 16 poker players, celebrities, and industry members, and the defending champion Raminder Singh. Singh topped an 88-entrant field in 2021 to win the inaugural RGPS: All-Stars ProAM for $10,560 in prize money, and he’ll return to defend his title.

Along with qualifiers that won their seat throughout the year at RunGood Poker Series stops, RGPS: All-Stars ProAM invitees include “Boston” Rob Mariano, Tyson Apostol, Barstool Nate, GernaderJake, David Williams, Lynne Ji, Eli Elezra, and 2021 WSOP Player of the Year Josh Arieh.

Friday will see the field combine in the PokerGO Studio and play down to the final table that will return on Saturday to crown the next RGPS: All-Stars ProAM champion.

Watch the RGPS: All-Stars ProAM final table on Saturday, December 17, at 4 p.m. ET.

No Gamble, No Future

December opens with a new lineup on No Gamble, No Future with a $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Sit-n-Go that features Maria Ho, Eli Elezra, “Boston” Rob Mariano, Faizal Khoja, Christina Gollins, Jeremy Ausmus, and Philadelphia 76ers President Daryl Morey.

The final two weeks of the month will see the final lineup take center stage playing $200/$400 No-Limit Hold’em. Eric Persson headlines the show that also includes Alan Keating, Jean-Robert Bellande, Pedro Velasco Adnet, Eric Hicks, Adi Chugh, and Matt Hanks.

Watch Season 1 episodes of No Gamble, No Future every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Friday Night Hangouts with Boston Rob

Join Boston Rob for his Friday Night Hangouts on the PokerGO YouTube Channel.

Every week, you’ll have the chance to hangout, ask questions, and play poker with the Survivor all-star Boston Rob Mariano. Rob plays poker with fans on the PokerGO Hold’em App and answers questions from his fans every Friday.

Rob also has special guests join the show such as Tyson Apostle and Josh Arieh where they talk about topics such as Survivor and poker strategy, review their previous poker events, and even watch old Survivor audition tapes! Every week is a new adventure, and Boston Rob’s Friday Night Hangouts are a great way to get to know one of your favorite TV personalities.

Watch Friday Night Hangouts with Boston Rob every Friday.

What Did You Miss in November?

The month of November on PokerGO would see the continuation of No Gamble, No Future, and the launch of Friday Night Hangouts with Boston Rob.

No Gamble, No Future kicked off the month with the final two episodes of a lineup that featured Lynne JiJake DanielsBrett McCollumDavid LevyNikolai NovakEric Hicks, and Eli Elezra playing $50/$100 No-Limit Hold’em.

Following two episodes of monster pots and bad beats, the action dropped to $5/$10 No-Limit Hold’em where a mix of Hollywood actors, entrepreneurs, and poker players that included Maria HoKevin PollakDaryl MoreyNatalia CigliutiChris Eubank Jr., and Simon Yu battled it out. No Gamble, No Future co-host Brent Hanks even joined in and played a few hands before returning to the commentating desk with Jeff Platt.

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Tim Duckworth

After finding the game of poker while completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree at university, Tim Duckworth’s life took an unexpected turn as he found himself covering his first poker tournament following the 2007 World Series of Poker. That tournament would kickstart his freelance poker journalist career that has seen him travel the entire world […]

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