May 14, 2017
The WPT500 series, the World Poker Tour’s accessible live tournament offering at an affordable price point, is coming to Los Angeles and Las Vegas for two can’t-miss poker tournaments!
WPT500 Los Angeles: May 21-31 at The Gardens Casino
First up is WPT500 Los Angeles at The Gardens Casino in sunny California. From May 21-31, 2017, poker players will flock to this newly upgraded casino property for a shot at a lucrative $1 million guaranteed prize pool. It is the first time the WPT500 series comes to California, and all signs point to this event being a massive success that you won’t want to miss out on.
With an affordable buy-in of $565, poker players from all over looking for a bargain should look no further than this event, which is part of The Gardens Poker Festival running May 15-31. This is especially true for California poker players of all levels, as it is no secret that the Californian poker community loves accessible buy-in levels with huge guarantees.
WPT500 Los Angeles has 14 starting flights and reentry format. That’s right, there will be plenty of opportunities for players to chase a life-changing payday.
What’s more is that once the field reaches the final 54 players, the Action Clock from Protection Poker will be implemented, creating a even more exciting feel in the event.
The first four starting flights start each day at 11 a.m. PT from May 21-24, and one flight will be played per day. The next 10 starting flights are scheduled for May 25-29, with two per day. On those days, the first daily flight of the two will start at 11 a.m. PT, and the second will start at 5 p.m. PT. The one at 5 p.m. PT will be played with a more fast-paced structure.
Action in each starting flight will last until eight percent of that flight’s field remains, and all advancing players will return to action on Day 2. Day 2 will take place on Tuesday, May 30, with the plan to play down to the WPT500 Los Angeles final table.
Those to reach the final table will return to action on Wednesday, May 31, and compete for the WPT500 Los Angeles title on a global live stream.
The Gardens Casino boasts a new state-of-the-art venue with more than 300 tables, luxury VIP amenities ,as well as a premium casual restaurant and an upscale bar and lounge. For more information on The Gardens Casino, visit www.thegardenscasino.com.
WPT500 Las Vegas: June 26-July 5 at ARIA Resort & Casino
Next up for the WPT500 series is a trip to Sin City for WPT500 Las Vegas at the luxurious ARIA Resort & Casino. Running June 26-July 5, WPT500 Las Vegas will similarly feature a buy-in of $565 and a juicy $1 million guaranteed prize pool.
WPT500 Las Vegas is part of the 2017 ARIA Poker Classic, and the $565 buy-in spectacular kicks off on Monday, June 26, with the first of nine starting flights. The first seven take place once daily from June 26-July 2, starting each day at 11 a.m. PT. The final two starting flights will both take place on Monday, July 3, with one at 11 a.m. PT and the second at 7 p.m. PT. The second of the two will be played with a faster, “turbo” structure.
Each starting flight will reach the money, with 12.5 percent of the field paying out, and play will end when five percent of the field is reached. Those that advance will return on Tuesday, July 4, to play down to the WPT500 Las Vegas final table.
The 2017 ARIA Poker Classic kicks off on June 2 and runs through July 9, with a schedule that includes pot-limit Omaha, Omaha hi-low, H.O.R.S.E., and 2-7 triple draw variants in addition to the heavily featured no-limit hold’em tournaments. For more on the 2017 ARIA Poker Classic, see the full schedule on PokerNews.com.
ARIA Resort & Casino is a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort located on the Las Vegas Strip featuring spectacular amenities, high-end service, premium meeting and convention space, striking architecture and sustainable design. For more information on ARIA Resort & Casino, visit www.aria.com.
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