Live Tournament Updates
WPT Celebrity Invitational: Shuffle Up & Deal!
Level 1: 25-50, ante
It's opening night for the WPT Celebrity Invitational, which is often called the most fun poker tournament of the year. Several hundred players, with a mix of celebrities, sports stars, poker pros, and VIPs, are playing an event that feels more like a cocktail party than a poker tournament. But everyone has a good time.
There is a single rebuy available for $200, and 100% of those proceeds go to the Chrysalis charity, which does job placement for the poor and the homeless to help them rebuild their lives.
The players begin with 5,000 in chips, and blinds at 25-50. This is a faster structure than we're used to on the World Poker Tour, with 30-minute levels through Level 8, with 40-minute levels after that. Generally, the players see this as a fun event on Day 1, but everyone who survives to Day 2 gets serious as they battle for the six seats at the televised WPT Final Table, where a $200,000 prizepool awaits.
Everyone is seated and ready to go, so it's time to shuffle up and deal!
08:36 PM, 02/19/11