Sam Simmons, former President of PokerGO and now Consulting Chief Strategy Officer of NFT Stadium, began dabbling in the Web3 space in 2017 while passively investing in crypto. In early 2021, he dove headfirst into the NFT world and instantly saw massive potential in the technology.
“Buying my first NFT was an eye-opening experience,” Simmons recalls. “The psychology of holding a digital asset uniquely mine with that asset still being connected to a broader community was different from any experience I had encountered in Web3.”
Simmons spent hours buying and trading NFTs while learning more about the space. Throughout the process, he began ideating potential use cases for the technology. From his prior role as President of PokerGO, Simmons saw a glaring need for IP holders, and in particular streaming content providers, to form deeper connections with their most passionate fans who are often measured solely through streaming metrics or TV ratings.
This began the early foundations of the eventual PokerGO Genesis NFT collection.
“NFTs provide the technological infrastructure that creates direct connections between brands and their fans, as well as between the fans themselves, creating unique ways for individuals to consume, experience, and develop a sense of ownership over the IP they hold dear,” Simmons believes.
PokerGO Genesis NFT collection
The PokerGO Genesis NFT collection endeavors to be an immersive experience for all fans of poker, from casual hobbyists to the most hardcore grinders. It is the ultimate club for full advantages across the entire PokerGO ecosystem of shows and live events, capturing not only access to the game but the lifestyle that surrounds it. Holders will have certain access opportunities and unprecedented experiences while having a direct say in the future of the project as it unfolds.
The PokerGO Genesis NFT collection comprises 1,326 stylized NFTs, each representing the possible unique starting hands in Texas Hold’em. All holders will have access to base utility benefits, with opportunities for holders to obtain additional rewards when their hand appears in various winning moments across the PokerGO ecosystem of live-streamed events.
PokerGo NFT Utilities
Powered by NFT Stadium (www.nftstadium.io), the NFTs provide holders with the following benefits:
- Complimentary PokerGO subscription access
- Free entry into annual $25,000 freeroll “PokerGO NFT Invitational”
- PokerGO merch giveaways and discounts
- NFT rewards based on in-game outcomes
- Discord community watch parties, tournaments, and other events
- Online community events and poker tournaments