Los Angeles, CA (March 22, 2016) – The historic WPT® Tournament of Champions kicks off April 22 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood FL, and World Poker Tour® today announced nearly $200,000 in added cash and prizes, along with the addition of the Action Clock created by Protection Poker.
The rake-free, $15,000 buy-in WPT Tournament of Champions will feature a $100,000 cash overlay, and in addition to the lion’s share of the prize pool, the winner will earn:*
– A special Hublot® watch
– An Aurae® Solid Gold MasterCard
– A pair of gold Monster® 24K Headphones
– A custom premium poker table from BBO Poker Tables
– A seat in Tiger’s Poker Night Presented by World Poker Tour
– A round of golf at the world-class Shadow Creek Golf Course with Matt Savage and two friends
More prizes will be announced in the coming weeks, creating an even larger overlay and great value for all members of the WPT Champions Club.
After consulting with several WPT Champions Club members, the WPT Tournament of Champions will be played with the Action Clock created by Protection Poker. The addition of a 30-second shot clock will help ensure an efficient pace of play and inject an added level of strategy for the WPT Tournament of Champions. Each player will receive five, 30-second time extensions that they can use at any time leading up to the final table. At the televised final table, all six players will reset with four, 30-second extensions.
For a full look at the Action Clock rules for the WPT Tournament of Champions, click here.
“It is our goal to elevate the WPT Tournament of Champions, creating an extraordinary season-ending event to celebrate the members of the WPT Champions Club and the rich legacy of the World Poker Tour,” said WPT President and CEO Adam Pliska. “With a significant overlay of cash and prizes the WPT has immediately increased the value of being a WPT Champions Club member, and we will crown two more winners prior to the WPT Tournament of Champions during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown festival.”
WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage adds, “I have always believed that being a member of the WPT Champions Club is an incredible honor. The World Poker Tour has added a lot of cash and great prizes to the rake-free WPT Tournament of Champions, and there is even more to come. I have to admit that I am extremely jealous not to be an eligible member of the WPT Champions Club.”
In addition to any WPT Champions Club members who buy in, the following 19 winners from Season XIV are automatically entered into the $15,000 buy-in WPT Tournament of Champions:
– Aaron Mermelstein – WPT Maryland
– Asher Conniff – WPT World Championship
– Ben Cade – WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic
– Chris Leong – WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open
– David Ormsby – partypoker WPT Fallsview Poker Classic
– David Paredes – WPT Borgata Poker Open
– Dietrich Fast – WPT L.A. Poker Classic
– Farid Yachou – WPT Amsterdam
– Harrison Gimbel – WPT Rolling Thunder
– Iaron Lightbourne – partypoker WPT UK
– Jared Mahoney – partypoker WPT Montreal
– Jason Brin – WPT Choctaw
– Javier Gomez – partypoker WPT Prague
– Kevin Eyster – WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic
– Mike Shariati – WPT Legends of Poker
– Sheraz Nasir – partypoker WPT Canadian Spring Championship
– Stefan Schillhabel – WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star
– Tyler Patterson – WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble
– Vlad Darie – partypoker WPT Vienna
Two more champions will qualify at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL in the $3,500 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship and $10,000 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale.
On April 21, eligible members of the WPT Champions Club can satellite into the WPT Tournament of Champions in a $1,550 buy-in super satellite at noon.
For more information on the entire festival, click here.
*Subject to change. No cash substitutions. Prizes do not include taxes, fees, or gratuities.
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