BetMGM Ontario Welcomes Players to the ARIA Poker Classic & Qualifiers for the $1 Million BetMGM Poker Championship

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BetMGM Apr 30, 2023, 3:21 AM

For a long time, Ontario online poker players have been left out of the thrills available at BetMGM. However, not only have we recently launched in Ontario, but residents can now take part in satellite events that could help them secure a spot at the brand new $1 Million BetMGM Poker Championship. Let’s find out more about these exciting developments.

BetMGM Ontario launches

Ontario poker players got great news in April 2022 when BetMGM announced that we were bringing our poker platform (as well as online casino and sportsbook services) to players in the region. In the press release for the launch of this cutting-edge poker platform, BetMGM’s director of poker, Luke Staudenmaier, stated:

“BetMGM Poker brings an agile, diverse, and player-centric platform to Canadian players. Through high-visibility partnerships, the brand will also connect players with world-class omnichannel experiences and poker legends, like brand ambassador Darren Elias. We look forward to building our community in Ontario, welcoming players to our tables, and providing safe, accessible, and entertaining options.”

It’s the introduction of BetMGM’s poker platform to Ontario that also allows players to take part in qualifying events that are part of the ARIA Poker Classic.

What is the ARIA Poker Classic?

The ARIA Poker Classic is a poker event run by the ARIA casino and resort in Las Vegas. This poker event offers competitive poker players the chance to compete in a poker tournament that features many poker variants, including pot-limit Omaha, HORSE and Texas hold’em poker. In 2022, the event will feature specific competitions including a $600 No-Limit Hold’em Seniors $100K GTD, a $400 No-Limit Hold’em Ladies $50K GTD, as well as a final Player’s Choice event whose format will be decided by a Twitter vote. 

If you think you don’t have the time to compete in these sorts of events, there’s no need to worry. The ARIA classic doesn’t only cater for multi-day players, but also for players who might only have a day to spare. Paul Campbell, ARIA’s poker tournament manager, shared how there are many one-day events when speaking to

“Campbell said the focus on one-day events helps attendance at the APC, as many players don’t want to commit to two-day events as they tie up too much of their time. One-day events also benefit players with a day to spare between other tournaments they plan to play.”

“We like to be the venue where players can come when they’ve got a day off,” Campbell said. “They’re long days, but they’re good structures.”

The addition of the qualifying games for the $1 Million BetMGM Poker Championship have helped make this event even more of a must for competitive poker players.

$1 Million BetMGM Poker Championship

The $1 Million BetMGM Poker Championship is a new high-stakes poker event that offers even more thrills and excitement to fans of the ARIA Poker Classic. Luke Staudenmaier, the director of poker at BetMGM, welcomed the Championship becoming part of the much-loved ARIA Poker Classic:

“The first-ever BetMGM Poker Championship descends on Las Vegas during one of the most exciting times of the poker season. ARIA is a legendary poker brand and we’re thrilled that the Championship has become an integral part of this year’s Poker Classic. Through our relationship with MGM Resorts and its world-class U.S. properties, we’ll continue to leverage event programming and connect with players both online and in their favorite poker rooms.”

There are two ways to secure a seat at this tournament. You can either pay the $3,500 buy-in or try your luck at winning one of the online satellite events. These satellite games run between May 8 and June 12 on BetMGM’s online platforms, while the Championship itself will take place between 23 and 26 June at the ARIA. If you are skilled enough to make it to the final table at the Championship, you’ll have the opportunity to play at the ARIA’s incredible PokerGO Studio and secure your spot in the poker history books.

How to qualify for the $1 Million BetMGM Poker Championship

Between May 8 and June 12, 2022, there are numerous ARIA Poker Classic qualifying events that take place online for the $1 Million BetMGM Poker Championship. In order to take part in these games, all you need to do is log onto your BetMGM Poker Account after which you can pay game buy-ins using cash or Tournament Dollars. The total cost to take part in these events starts from as little as $5 and goes up to a maximum of $500. 

Winning any of the qualifying events will get you a seat at the Championship live event worth $3,500. Winners will also be allowed to take part in a $25K Freeroll event that’s scheduled before the Championship and will be hosted by poker pros Darren Elias and Matt Berkey. If you take part in the $500 event, the winner will also receive the $6,000 BetMGM Poker Championship package. This package includes $700 in travel expenses, as well as five nights of paid lodging at the ARIA.

Mystery Bounty event

The excitement doesn’t stop with the Championship main event though, as players will also have the opportunity to participate in a BetMGM Poker Mystery Bounty event with a $600 buy-in. This will undoubtedly add an additional level of thrills to an already-gripping poker tournament.

Game responsibly

Whether you’re playing poker online casually, taking part in a competitive online poker tournament, or enjoying any other gambling experiences, it’s always important to remember to play responsibly. Players who need assistance with responsible gaming will find a wealth of resources available through BetMGM such as Gamesense, an industry-leading program that was developed and licensed to MGM Resorts by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. These resources can be easily accessed through BetMGM’s desktop and mobile platforms.

Enjoy the best online poker in Ontario at BetMGM

The launch of BetMGM Ontario means Canadian poker fans now have access to our incredible poker platform. BetMGM poker provides players with quick cash games, tournaments to test your poker tournament strategy online, a range of exciting poker variants, the option to choose whether you want to play on your desktop or mobile device, and much more! 

Register with BetMGM to enjoy the best online poker (as well as online casino gambling and sportsbook betting service) that Ontario has to offer.

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