Los Angeles, CA (November 19, 2018) – Today, the World Poker Tour® announced a portion of the second half of the Season XVII WPT® Main Tour schedule, featuring 10 premier poker events in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
The 2019 stretch starts where Season XVII began at Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, CA. The $10,000 buy-in WPT Gardens Poker Championship takes place January 12-16 with the final table to be played at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel & Casino. Season XVII opened at Gardens Casino with Simon Lam defeating 584 entries to win more than $565,000 in the $5,000 buy-in Gardens Poker Festival.
The Gardens Poker Championship is the first Main Tour event in World Poker Tour history to have the final table played and filmed for television at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas.
WPT and their partner, partypoker LIVE, join together for their next Main Tour event, and the first in Russia, when WPT Russia takes place from January 21-27 in Sochi, Russia. The event includes a $3,000 buy-in along with a $1.5 million guarantee.
The WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open is up next from January 27-31 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey with a $3,500 buy-in. Earlier in Season XVII, Erkut Yilmaz won the WPT Borgata Poker Open to win more than $575,000. The final table takes place at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas.
Next up, the WPT goes to Canada for the Fallsview Poker Classic at Fallsview Casino Resort in Ontario, Canada from February 23-25 with a CAD $5,000 buy-in. Mike Leah won his first WPT Main Tour event in Season XVI at Fallsview versus a field of 517 entries to win more than CAD $450,000.
Upon return to the United States, the World Poker Tour goes to Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, CA for WPT Rolling Thunder. The event is a $5,000 buy-in for the first time in WPT Rolling Thunder history and takes place from March 8-12.
WPT and partypoker LIVE team up once again for WPT Barcelona. The event takes place at Casino Barcelona from March 10-17 with a €3,300 buy-in and €3 million guarantee.
The WPT stays in Europe for the second annual WPT European Championship. The Season XVII edition takes place at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, United Kingdom from April 7-14 with a buy-in of £3,300.
For the first time in WPT Main Tour history, WPT Choctaw has a second event on the schedule. WPT Choctaw takes place from May 17-20 at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma. Brady Holiman won the first WPT Choctaw of the season in August to collect more than $469,000 versus a field of 755 entries. The final table of WPT Choctaw takes place in May at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas.
The open portion of Season XVII concludes at ARIA from May 27-31 with the WPT ARIA Summer Championship. The event is a $10,000 buy-in and takes place in the same time slot as when Darren Elias won his record-breaking fourth WPT title at the WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic in Season XVI.
Season XVII completes from June 1-3 with the Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions. The $15,000 buy-in event is open to all WPT Champions Club members. The final table plays on June 3 at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas. Matt Waxman is the defending champion after beating a field of 80 entries to win more than $463,000 in Season XVI.
“The World Poker Tour is proud to announce more events to our growing Season XVII WPT Main Tour calendar,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. “In addition to the great events on the schedule, the WPT looks forward to the first of this season’s final tables to be played at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel & Casino. In partnership with our sister company, Allied Esports, and backed by the support of Ourgame, we are thrilled to host the best final tables in poker at Esports Arena.”
“Our players and casino partners deserve the brightest spotlight poker has to offer and what better way to give them that than inside the new official home of poker at the HyperX Esports Arena,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour. “The WPT is excited to work with our Esports Arena final tablists to provide a true superstar VIP experience.”
All players who reach the final table in a Main Tour event to be played at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas will receive travel accommodation and hotel stay.
More Season XVII Main Tour event announcements are scheduled to be released pending gaming approval.
For those interested in winning their way to a WPT Main Tour stop, play for your chance on ClubWPT.com. Eligible VIP Members can play for over $100,000 in cash and prizes each month, including seats to WPT events. No purchase is necessary for the ClubWPT.com sweepstakes and the service is void in states where prohibited. For full terms and conditions, go to ClubWPT.com.
For more information on Season XVII of the World Poker Tour, go to WPT.com.
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World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 17th season, which airs on FOX Sports Regional Networks in the United States. Season XVII of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com.
ClubWPT.com is a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 35 states across the United States with innovative features and state-of-the-art creative elements inspired by WPT’s 16 years of experience in gaming entertainment. WPT also participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of Ourgame International Holdings, Ltd. For more information, go to WPT.com.