Facts and figures. They make the world go around and, more often than not, tell a story without letting opinions or biases get in the way. Which numbers from the past week tell that story and what quick opinions do we have.
$411,111 – A week after announcing a deal with the World Series of Poker and ESPN, Poker Central announced the launch of PokerGO. The poker subscription service will feature many of the world’s biggest events throughout the year, as well as original programming, but that live events offering kicks off with two of the biggest events of the summer. The $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl kicks off this Sunday, May 28th, with free coverage during Day 1 and then coverage on PokerGO through the end of the event. Then, the WSOP schedule kicks off with the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop on Saturday, June 2nd with live streams exclusively on PokerGO.
$10 – PokerGO’s SVOD service is the first of its kind available to the world-wide poker audience and is available via two different subscription plans. Fans are given the option of a $99 annual subscription or a $10 monthly pass. With Super High Roller Bowl, World Series of Poker events and additional premier events throughout the year, weekly high stakes cash games beginning later this summer and plenty of original content, there is value no matter how you choose to subscribe.
100 – While Super High Roller Bowl and WSOP coverage will kick off the PokerGO live events offering, there are big plans over the next few months. Over 100 days of live poker programming are planned, including high stakes cash games, High Roller tournaments and much, much more. Information on those events will be announced over the next few weeks, so follow PokerGO on Twitter to get in the game.
8 – Outside of the live events offering, PokerGO also offers hours of original programming. Poker After Dark is how I fell in love with the game but Matt Berkey’s Dead Money: A Super High Roller Bowl Story could be the show that inspires the next generation of fans. Through eight episodes, Matt Berkey takes viewers on a journey through his past, his rise up the poker ranks and then to the final table of the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl. Dead Money is a must watch.
40 – Just because you are excited about the PokerGO announcement, doesn’t mean that you should forget about the fact that this year will be the first time in history that the WSOP Main Event will be live streamed on ESPN. Main Event not shown on ESPN networks will appear exclusively on PokerGO, meaning that while 40 hours of coverage will appear on ESPN, there will be even more Main Event coverage later this summer.