Last night, while some were watching the Grammys, real poker fans were tuning into FSN to catch the premiere episode of WPT Season X with its preview of what’s to come over the next 36 episodes as well as highlights from Season IX. The entire WPT team, including WPT Hosts Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, WPT Anchor Kimberly Lansing, WPT Raw Deal Host Tony Dunst and WPT Sideline Reporter and Executive Tour Director Matt Savage, assembled to hand out a selection of awards from Season IX and to interview players who had an impact during Season IX and a couple that are expected to make waves in Season X.
Here a breakdown of the awards that were handed out:
Erik Seidel (voted for by Savage and Dunst)
Best Trash Talk:
“Squeaky” Winnett at WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Jason Koon against Randal Flowers at WPT Festa al Lago
Antonio Esfandiari against Vanessa Rousso at WPT Bellagio Five Diamond
Vanessa Rousso and Andrew Robl at WPT Bellagio Five Diamond final table (clip below)
Worst Bad Beat:
Justin Zaki vs. Taylor Von Kriegenbergh and Curt Kohlberg in three consecutive hands at WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Dwyte Pilgrim “Shocks the World” at WPT Borgata Poker Open
With a look back at Season IX and a brief glimpse into what to expect for Season X, the first episode of World Poker Tour Season X action is set to air this Sunday, February 19, at 8pm and 11pm on FSN with WPT Legends of Poker Part 1. Make sure to tune in or set your DVRs to see how the tournament unfolds and who will make an early move to be the next poker player to have their name engraved on the WPT Champions Cup.