Major Poker Tournament at MGM National Harbor Next Month

Major Poker Tournament at MGM National Harbor Next Month
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County will be the scene of a major poker tournament in February as it reprises the Potomac Winter Poker Open. The tournament will run 13 days, Feb. 14-26, with prize pool guarantees of $2 million and 17 listed events.

Maryland online casinos and online poker are not legal. It will take legislation to bring iGaming to the state.

Potomac Winter Poker Open’s main event runs Feb. 23-26 with a $1 million guarantee. The Potomac tournament’s lineup starts with an appropriately named No-Limit Hold’em “Opener” on Feb. 14, running for several days and featuring a $750,000 guarantee. 

Some other featured competitions are a Seniors Event (50+) on Feb. 18; a five-card PLO Championship, also on Feb. 18, and a Monumental Stack, Feb. 19-20, with a $200,000 guarantee.

An interesting event, perhaps for less experienced players, is a “Rookie’s Event” on Feb. 24 for players with less than $25,000 in Hendon Mob cashes. Hendon Mob is a website that tracks players’ tournament winnings.

Last year, Maryland poker pro Justin Liberto won the Potomac Winter Poker Open main event and earned $277,053. Liberto - a Fallston native, according to the Hendon Mob website - has more than $5.7 million in tournament cashes, according to the database. In winning the Potomac event last year, he bested another Maryland player, Caitlyn Arnwine (Cobb), who earned $172, 044 and is from Upper Marlboro, according to the Hendon database. Stay with for major gambling news and for Maryland sports betting updates.

A full schedule for the Potomac Winter Poker Open is on the MGM National Harbor website.

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A longtime reporter and editor who began writing on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened, Bill covered the World Series of Poker and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for a decade.

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