The brand new PokerGO Stairway To Millions is every poker player’s ticket to competing in a $100,000 buy-in event for millions of dollars in prize money. The unique format gives players the chance to buy in for $1,000 and run it up the highest of stakes and a chance to compete on the greatest stage in the game at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. Here is everything you need to know about the Stairway To Millions tournament, including the schedule, how to play, and more.

When Is the Stairway To Millions?

The Stairway To Millions starts Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The entire series runs through Thursday, January 20. The series features eight separate tournaments, and each tournament is a two-day event. You can view the complete schedule of starting days below.

Date Event Buy-In Fee On-Time Discount Starting Stack Guarantee
Jan. 12 Stairway To Millions 01 $1,000 $100 $0 100,000 $100,000
Jan. 13 Stairway To Millions 02 $2,000 $150 $0 100,000 $100,000
Jan. 14 Stairway To Millions 03 $4,000 $200 $100 100,000 $100,000
Jan. 15 Stairway To Millions 04 $8,000 $400 $200 100,000 $200,000
Jan. 16 Stairway To Millions 05 $15,000 $800 $400 125,000 $300,000
Jan. 17 Stairway To Millions 06 $25,000 $1,000 $500 125,000 $500,000
Jan. 18 Stairway To Millions 07 $50,000 $2,000 $1,000 150,000 $500,000
Jan. 19 Stairway To Millions 08 $100,000 $2,000 $0 200,000 $1,200,000

In order to qualify for any discounts, players must be in the tournament registration line by 12 p.m. PT. Late registrants and re-entries will be subject to the full tournament fee.

Where Is the Stairway To Millions?

The Stairway To Millions will be held at both the ARIA Resort & Casino and PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. The early starting days will be played in the ARIA poker room and the final tables will be played out at the PokerGO Studio on the final table set. The later events will be held entirely in the PokerGO Studio.

What Is the Format?

The Stairway To Millions is a series of eight individual poker tournaments, but they’re all connected through a unique format. Players who reach the money for a certain level will automatically win entry into the next level, making it possible for a player to run $1,000 into over $1,000,000. For example, players who play the first level that has a $1,000 buy-in and cash will receive an automatic entry into the $2,000 level in addition to any prize money won at the $1,000 level. In order to continue to progress up the ladder of events, players just need to finish in the money of a certain level. The next level’s buy-in amount is automatically deducted from the amount a player cashes for.

What Is the Structure?

Start Time: Each tournament begins at 12 p.m. PT.

Registration: The registration period for each event is open through Level 6 at each level.

Re-entries: The first seven events allow for two re-entries, so each individual player can enter up to three times in each of the first seven levels as long as they do so before the registration period ends. Event #8, the $100,000 buy-in finale, is a freezeout (single entry).

Blinds Levels: Events #1-3 have 30-minute blind levels with a 10-minute break after every three levels. Events #4-7 have 40-minute levels with a 10-minute break every two levels. Event #8 will have 60-minute blind levels with a 10-minute break after every level.

Level Big Blind Ante Small Blind Big Blind
1 1,000 500 1,000
2 1,500 1,000 1,500
3 2,000 1,000 2,000
4 3,000 1,500 3,000
5 4,000 2,000 4,000
6 5,000 2,500 5,000
7 6,000 3,000 6,000
8 8,000 4,000 8,000
9 10,000 5,000 10,000
10 12,000 6,000 12,000
11 15,000 10,000 15,000
12 20,000 10,000 20,000
13 30,000 15,000 30,000
14 40,000 20,000 40,000
15 60,000 30,000 60,000
16 80,000 40,000 80,000
17 100,000 50,000 100,000
18 120,000 60,000 120,000
19 150,000 75,000 150,000
20 200,000 100,000 200,000

Players Per Table: Tables will be eight-handed to start and transition to seven-handed play once registration closes.

Length of Play: On Day 1 of each tournament, the field will play down to the final six players remain or until midnight, whichever comes first. Day 2 for every event will begin at 12 p.m. PT.

Play Clock: A play clock will be in play from the beginning of each tournament, providing players 30 seconds for each action. Each player receives six 30-second time extensions. Any unused time extensions from Day 1 will transfer to Day 2, and the final six players will receive an additional six time extensions.

Click here to view the complete Stairway To Millions structure sheet.

Does the Stairway To Millions Have Prize Pool Guarantees?

Yes! Each tournament level has a prize pool guarantee, and there is a total of $3,000,000 guaranteed across the entirety of the Stairway To Millions series. The first three events have a $100,000 guarantee each. The fourth event has a guarantee of $200,000, and the fifth event has a guarantee of $300,000. The sixth and seventh levels have guaranteed prize pools of $500,000 each. The eighth event, the $100,000 buy-in finale, has a prize pool guarantee of $1,200,000.

Does the Stairway To Millions Count for the PokerGO Tour?

Starting with Stairway To Millions 05, the $15,000 buy-in tournament with a $300,000 guarantee, the second half of the series’ events will be included in the PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate. You can view the PokerGO Tour points system here.

Is the Stairway To Millions Live Streamed?

Yes, every final table from the Stairway To Millions will be live streamed on PokerGO.com. Live streaming will begin on Thursday, January 13, 2022, and continue each day with a new final table through Thursday, January 20. The full live stream schedule can be found on PokerGO.com/schedule.

Stairway To Millions Meet-Up Game

To kick off the series, popular poker vloggers Brad Owen and Johnnie “Vibes” Moreno are co-hosting the Stairway To Millions Meet-Up Game on Tuesday, January 11, from 12-6 p.m. PT at the ARIA Resort & Casino poker room. Participants in the meet-up game will be eligible to be part of a special raffle giveaway awarding two $1,100 seats to the first Stairway To Millions tournament.

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