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MGM National Harbor’s Potomac Poker Open Begins Thursday; PokerNews to Live Report Three Events

2019 Potomac Poker Open
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  • 2019 Potomac Poker Open at @MGMNH_Poker will feature 14 events over 12 days. PokerNews will be there!

This Thursday, the Potomac Poker Open (PPO) returns to MGM National Harbor and will run through August 5. The 12-day, 14-event series will feature over $1.5 million in prizes and culminate with a $3,300 buy-in, $1,000,000 GTD Main Event, which is double the guarantee offered last year.

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture all the action from that tournament as well as from two others – the $370 Opening Event (July 25-28) and $370 Large Stack Big Blind Ante (July 31-August 1).

MGM National Harbor is the premier entertainment destination located on the banks of the Potomac just outside of Washington DC. Featuring a 3,000 seat Theater, 308 luxurious hotel rooms, restaurants from acclaimed chefs and a massive gaming floor.

History of the PPO

Last year, Mitchell Engle topped a 1,418-entry field to win the 2018 PPO Event #1: $365 NLH for $73,984, while Carlos Chadha Villamarin bested a 264-entry field to win the $2,700 Main Event for $163,350. Other winners from the 2018 PPO included John Letos, Kyle Carter, and Andrew Kim.

The year before that, the 2017 PPO Event #1: $580 NLH saw Louie Pak navigate a 966-entry field to win the title for $90,750. In the $2,700 Main Event, David Israelite topped a 234-entry field to win a $175,500 top prize. Others to claim titles that year were James Gilbert, Jane Hitchcock, and Sergio Roque, who claimed two side event titles that year.

Michael Truman Looking for Fourth PPO Title

When it comes to the PPO, no one has won more titles than Michael Truman, who this go-round will be looking for his fourth PPO victory.

It started back in 2017 when he won the $470 NLH 6-Max Bounty for $9,020. The following year, he won his second title after taking down Event #10: $1,120 NLH for $14,400, and four days later he got the hattrick when he won Event #14: $365 NLH for $6,903.

Outside of the PPO, Truman has had a great deal of success in MGM National Harbor’s recurring tournaments, so if home-field advantage exists in poker, he certainly has it.

Here’s a look at the 2019 PPO schedule:

2019 PPO Schedule

DateTimeTournamentBuy-InStarting StackLevel Length
Thursday, July 255 p.m.$500K GTD NLH Day 1a$300+$7025K30, 45, 60
Friday, July 2611 a.m.$500K GTD NLH Day 1b$300+$7025K30, 45, 60
Friday, July 265 p.m.$500K GTD NLH Day 1c$300+$7025K30, 45, 60
Saturday, July 2711 a.m.$500K GTD NLH Day 1d$300+$7025K30, 45, 60
Saturday, July 275 p.m.$500K GTD NLH Day 1e$300+$7025K30, 45, 60
Sunday, July 28Noon$500K GTD NLH Day 2$300 + $7025K30
Sunday, July 284 p.m.Pot-Limit 5-Card Omaha High$300+$7025K30, 45
Monday, July 2911 a.m.No-Limit Hold’em (1-day event)$300+$7025K30, 45
Monday, July 294 p.m.8-Game Mix$500+$8530K30, 45, 60
Tuesday, July 3011 a.m.NLH Seniors (1-day event)$200+$5020K30
Tuesday, July 304 p.m.Short Deck NLH$300+$7025K30, 45
Wednesday, July 3111 a.m.$100K GTD Large Stack BBA Day 1a$300+$7040K30, 45, 60
Wednesday, July 315 p.m.$100K GTD Large Stack BBA Day 1b$300+$7040K30, 45, 60
Thursday, August 111 a.m.NLH (nine 10 a.m. Main Event Mega Seats added)$300+$7025K30, 45
Thursday, August 14 p.m.Heads-Up (64-player max)$1,000+$12515K20
Friday, August 210 a.m.Megasatellite (5 seats GTD)$500+$8525K30
Friday, August 211 a.m.$1 Million GTD Main Event Day 1a$3,000+$30050K50, 60, 75
Friday, August 25 p.m.Supersatellite w/ $120 reentries (5 seats GTD)$145+$358K20
Friday, August 29 p.m.Megasatellite (5 seats GTD)$500+$8520K25
Saturday, August 310 a.m.Last Chance Megasatellite (5 seats GTD)$500+$8510K20
Saturday, August 311 a.m.$1 Million GTD Main Event Day 1b$3,000+$30050K50, 60, 75
Saturday, August 33 p.m.Last Chance Megasatellite (5 seats GTD)$500+$8510K20
Saturday, August 36 p.m.$1 Million GTD Main Event Day 1c$3,000+$30050K50, 60, 75
Sunday, August 4Noon$50K GTD NLH (1-day event)$300+$7025K30
Sunday, August 43 p.m.Main Event Day 2 restart---
Sunday, August 44 p.m.Two-Day 1K NLH$1,000+$12540K45, 60
Monday, August 511 a.m.NLH (1-day event)$300+$7040K25
Monday, August 52 p.m.Main Event final Table---

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