May 16, 2016
Return of WPT Tournament of Champions and Introduction of
partypoker WPT Passport, partypoker WPT Caribbean in Punta Cana, and WPT Festival Championship
Los Angeles, CA (May 16, 2016) – Hot on the heels of the Monster® WPT® Tournament of Champions, World Poker Tour® today announced the full WPT Main Tour schedule for Season XV. In addition to the return of the highly successful WPT Tournament of Champions, World Poker Tour is introducing the partypoker WPT Passport, partypoker WPT Caribbean in Punta Cana, and the WPT Festival Championship.
With their victories at Playground Poker Club and Holland Casino respectively, Seth Davies and Andjelko Andrejevic earned their seats into the second-annual WPT Tournament of Champions at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 7, 2017. The WPT Tournament of Champions will once again follow the $3,500 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and the $10,000 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale, both of which will reward seats for the WPT TOC.
World Poker Tour and partypoker have joined forces to launch the WPT Passport in Season XV, allowing online qualifiers to choose which partypoker-sponsored event they will attend upon winning their $5,000 package. WPT Passport super satellites run daily and feed into a $530 buy-in WPT Passport satellite, where at least one $5,000 package is guaranteed. Each WPT Passport winner has 12 months to decide which WPT Main Event they wish to play in and can use their package in the highlighted events below.
The partypoker WPT Caribbean festival returns in Season XV, kicking off on November 19 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. During this luxurious getaway, players will be able to enjoy the pristine Dominican beaches and extravagant pools at Hard Rock before taking to the felt to compete in a host of satellites, tournaments, and cash games. For more information, click here.
“Hard Rock is one of the most globally recognizable brands and is synonymous with delivering a first-class experience,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for WPT. “We are proud to partner with Hard Rock and partypoker to host partypoker WPT Caribbean, and to add this tropical destination to the Season XV WPT Main Tour schedule.”
World Poker Tour is also introducing the WPT Festival Championship in Season XV, whereby at each Main Tour stop, one seat will be awarded to the Main Event at that stop through a tournament consisting only of winners from preliminary events of the festival leading up to the Main Event. Each WPT Festival Champion will earn a bespoke trophy and access to VIP off-the-felt activities, in addition to their seat in the WPT Main Tour event at that property.
To further reward players on the World Poker Tour, the California Swing returns in Season XV with additional benefits. Every player who attended all three California Swing tournaments in 2016 will receive their first night free at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in 2017 – all they have to do is book two night’s stay during the Season XV WPT Rolling Thunder Main Tour event.
Live-streamed final tables on the World Poker Tour will also have a new look in Season XV, thanks to ShareHand Inc. On top of enhanced graphics packages and a brand new, custom set for non-televised WPT final tables, fans from around the globe will enjoy additional content from their favorite players during broadcasts on PlutoTV, Twitch, and YouTube.
In addition, most live-streamed final tables will also be broadcast throughout Asia with Chinese commentary, reaching millions of poker fans across the burgeoning region. Among the platforms that have already broadcast WPT content in Season XV are: LeTV, Sohu Sports, YouKu, Douyu, HuYa, Panda TV, Wasu TV, and PPTV.
“With 12,000 entries in Season XIV, the World Poker Tour and its outstanding casino partners generated more than $50 million in combined prize pools,” said Adam Pliska, President and CEO of the WPT. “Following the overwhelmingly positive response from members of the WPT Champions Club, we are delighted to announce the return of the WPT Tournament of Champions in Season XV, and launch new initiatives like the partypoker WPT Passport as we continue to enhance the WPT experience for both professionals and casual players around the globe.”
Season XV WPT Main Tour Schedule
|EVENT||HOSTING CASINO||LOCATION||FESTIVAL DATES||MAIN TOUR DATE||BUY-IN + ENTRY|
|partypoker.net Canadian Spring Championship*||Playground Poker Club||Montreal, Canada||April 28 – May 5, 2016||Apr 29 – May 5, 2016||(CAD) $3,200 + $300 = $3,500|
|WPT Amsterdam*||Holland Casino||Amsterdam, Netherlands||May 6 – 14, 2016||May 10 – 14, 2016||€3,000 + €300 = €3,300|
|WPT Choctaw (TV)||Choctaw Casino Resort||Durant, Oklahoma||Jul 14 – Aug 2, 2016||Jul 29 – Aug 2, 2016||$3,500 + $200 = $3,700|
|WPT Legends of Poker (TV)||The Bicycle Hotel & Casino||Bell Gardens, California||Jul 28 – Sept 1, 2016||Aug 27 – Sep 1, 2016||$3,700 + $300 = $4,000|
|WPT Borgata Poker Open (TV)||Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa||Atlantic City, New Jersey||Sep 6 – 23, 2016||Sep 18 – 23, 2016||$3,300 + $200 = $3,500|
|WPT Maryland Live!||Maryland Live!||Hanover, Maryland||Sept 24 – Oct 5, 2016||Oct 1 – Oct 5, 2016||$3,300 + $200 = $3,500|
|WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble (TV)||bestbet Poker, Simulcast & Racing||Jacksonville, Florida||Sept 30 – Oct 18||Oct 14 – 18, 2016||$4,650 + $280 +$70 = $5,000|
|partypoker WPT UK*||Dusk Till Dawn||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Oct 24 – Nov 6 2016||Oct 31 – Nov 6, 2016||£2,000 + £200 = £2,200|
|partypoker.net WPT Montreal (TV)*||Playground Poker Club||Montreal, Canada||Oct 30 – Nov 17, 2016||Nov 11 – 17, 2016||(CAD) $3,500 + $350 = $3,850|
|partypoker WPT Caribbean*||Hard Rock Punta Cana||Punta Cana, Dominican Republic||Nov 19 – 26, 2016||Nov 19 – 23, 2016||$4,650 + $350 = $5,000|
|partypoker WPT Prague||King’s Casino||Prague, Czech Republic||Dec 1-18, 2016||Dec 3-7, 2016||€3,000 + €300 = €3,300|
|WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic (TV)||Bellagio||Las Vegas, Nevada||Nov 25 – Dec 11, 2016||Dec 5 – 10, 2016||$10,000 + $400 = $10,400|
|WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open||Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa||Atlantic City, New Jersey||Jan 17 – Feb 3, 2017||Jan 29 – Feb 3, 2017||$3,300 + $200 = $3,500|
|WPT Fallsview Poker Classic||Fallsview Casino Resort||Ontario, Canada||Feb 17 – 24, 2017||Feb 22 – 24, 2017||CAD $4,700 + $300 = CAD $5,000|
|WPT L.A. Poker Classic (TV)||Commerce Casino||Commerce, California||Jan 13 – Mar 2, 2017||Feb 25 – Mar 2, 2017||$9,600 + $400 = $10,000|
|WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star (TV)||Bay 101 Casino||San Jose, California||Mar 5 – 10, 2017||Mar 6 – 10, 2017||$7,150 + $350 = $7,500|
|WPT Rolling Thunder*||Thunder Valley Casino Resort||Lincoln, California||Mar 8 – 15, 2017||Mar 11 – 15, 2017||$3,200 + $300 = $3,500|
|Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown*||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino||Hollywood, Florida||Mar 16 – Apr 9, 2017||Mar 31 – Apr 2, 2017
Final Table: Apr 5, 2017
|$3,200 + $200 + $100 = $3,500|
|Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale*||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino||Hollywood, Florida||Mar 16 – Apr 9, 2017||Apr 2 – 4, 2017
Final Table: Apr 6, 2017
|$9,500 + $300 +$200 = $10,000|
|WPT Tournament of Champions (TV)*||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino||Hollywood, Florida||Mar 16 – Apr 9, 2017||Apr 7 – 9, 2017||$15,000|
Available on the partypoker WPT Passport
*Features a live-streamed final table
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