Los Angeles, CA (November 23, 2016) – The World Poker Tour® returns to Bellagio in Las Vegas for the televised Season XV WPT® Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event on December 5-10, 2016.
The Five Diamond World Poker Classic has been a part of the World Poker Tour for all 15 seasons, dating back to 2002. The Main Event has awarded more than $77 million in prize money through the first 14 seasons and is where illustrious WPT Champions Club members Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, and Antonio Esfandiari were crowned.
The $10,400 Main Event highlights a 23-event schedule which runs November 25-December 10 at the world-class Bellagio. Main Event players will start with 30,000 in tournament chips, levels will last 90 minutes each, and registration will remain open until the start of Level 9 at approximately 5:15 p.m. PT on December 6. Re-entries are permitted during the open registration period.
In addition to the first-place prize money, the champion will be awarded a luxurious Hublot® King Power Unico Carbon and Red watch, a pair of gold Monster® 24K headphones, have his or her name engraved on the WPT Champions Cup, and win a $15,000 entry into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.
“We are proud to welcome the World Poker Tour for a 15th consecutive season,” said Craig Lumpp, Director of Poker Operations at Bellagio. “We take great pride in hosting the storied WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic and look forward to closing out the year with another spectacular event.”
“The Five Diamond World Poker Classic has been a staple of the WPT schedule for all 15 seasons,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. “In fact, it was the first tournament ever held on the World Poker Tour. We are honored to return to the luxurious Bellagio where it all started and look forward to celebrating a new member of the WPT Champions Club.”
Last year’s Season XIV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event attracted 639 entries and generated a prize pool of $6.2 million. Kevin Eyster scored the victory and won nearly $1.6 million.
In addition to the $10,400 Main event, the Season XV WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic schedule includes two $25,000 High Roller events, taking place on December 8 and December 9, and a $100,000 Super High Roller on December 10.
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