Today it was announced that the NBC Sports Group and Poker Central® are expanding and extending their programming partnership through 2020. The new agreement includes Poker Central’s newly launched Poker Masters, and the U.S. Poker Open, starting this Friday on PokerGO.

Last year’s agreement centered around the Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas, and Poker Central’s flagship event continues to be part of the NBCSN programming slate, along with the two aforementioned events, through 2020.

“We are pleased to continue growing our partnership with NBCSN to bring our expansive slate of poker programming to both new and existing audiences alike. This year, poker fans will have even more ways to watch some of the world’s biggest poker tournaments,” said JR McCabe, chief digital officer of Poker Central.

Coverage of Poker Central’s exclusive high-stakes poker events can be enjoyed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Tournament and broadcast dates will be announced later this year.

“After the success of last year’s Super High Roller Bowl, we are further broadening our poker content by adding more tournaments to our slate,” said Gary Quinn, vice president, programming, NBC Sports Group. “Our viewers enjoy the extremely competitive nature of Poker Central’s tournaments, and we’re looking forward to delivering more high-stakes action in 2018.”

The inaugural edition of the U.S. Poker Open, starting this Thursday at the ARIA Resort & Casino, will be one of the marquee high-stakes tournament series of the year. The series comprises of eight events, scheduled as follows.

2018 U.S. Poker Open Schedule
Start date Buy-in Format
Thursday, February 1 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em
Friday, February 2 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Saturday, February 3 $25,000 No Limit Hold’em
Monday, February 5 $25,000 8-Game Mix
Tuesday, February 6 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em
Wednesday, February 7 $25,000 No Limit Hold’em
Thursday, February 8 $25,000 No Limit Hold’em
Friday, February 9 $50,000 No Limit Hold’em

The Super High Roller Bowl returns for its fourth annual edition in 2018. Its most recent edition saw the participation of comedian and actor Kevin Hart, on top of the best players and biggest personalities in the game. The event sold out in less than a day, leading Poker Central to expand its field to 56. German poker superstar Christoph Vogelsang took the event down after a grueling five-day marathon beating American pro Jake Schindler heads-up.

Previous Edition of the Super High Roller Bowl
Year Buy-in Entrants Champion First Prize Prize Pool
2015 $500,000 43 Brian Rast $7,525,000 $21,500,000
2016 $300,000 49 Rainer Kempe $5,000,000 $15,000,000
2017 $300,000 56 Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000 $16,860,000

Click on this link to see the full press release of this announcement. Watch the U.S. Poker Open live and on-demand on PokerGO starting this Friday with expert commentary by Ali Nejad and Jeremy Ausmus. Click on this link to subscribe to PokerGO. 

JR McCabe, Gary Quinn, NBC Sports, NBCSN