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Bar Poker Open championship underway at the Golden Nugget

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Bar Poker Open championship underway at the Golden Nugget

The biggest live tournament for bar poker players is currently underway at the Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas. The Bar Poker Open (BPO) Championship began on June 10 and runs through June 14 and attracted over 1,000 qualifiers. The BPOC is part of the Grand Poker Series, highlighted by the Invitational National Championship that offers a guarantee of $200,000.

This is the fourth year for the BPO has been held, and it continues to grow in popularity. To gain entry, players must finish in the top three places in a BPO nightly tournament, as well as participate in a free weekly online event that is hosted by BPO’s poker software. The top 4% across the board qualify for entry into the championship tournament.

The BPO is led by Glenn McCrory, owner of the Eastern Poker Tour in New England, in a partnership with Gorilla Gaming and Riverchasers Poker Tour owner Andrew Griffith. McCrory stated about the BPO, “When league owners use Bar Poker Open properly as a tool to market and promote their events, our leagues have seen exponential growth. We have some leagues that have gone from three events a week, to over 50 games a week by embracing our championship and working hard on their bar poker business.”

The BPO Championship tournament attracted 365 players in 2016 and 565 last year. The league has grown significantly, jumping from a previous 180,000 players to the current number of more than 1 million.

The BPO Championship final table will be live-streamed this Thursday by Gorilla Gaming and can be found on the outfit’s YouTube channel, as well as on Twitch and Facebook. The action is scheduled to begin at 5 PM, but the broadcast will have a thirty-minute delay.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.