Los Angeles, CA (January 11, 2022) – The World Poker Tour® is thrilled to announce the first half of the schedule for what promises to be a historic 20th season.
The live tour begins with the Lucky Hearts Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL, later this month. The WPT® will also make stops in Choctaw, OK; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Sydney, Australia; and Lincoln, CA before heading to Las Vegas for a pair of final table tapings at the HyperX Esports Arena.
Lucky Hearts Poker Open runs January 13 – 26 and culminates with the LHPO WPT Championship beginning January 21, boasting a $2 million guarantee. In January 2021, the WPT LHPO Main Event drew 1,573 entries for a $5,033,600 prize pool.
“We could not be happier to be launching our historic 20th anniversary with an amazing partner in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood,” said Adam Pliska, WPT CEO. “We have a number of special initiatives planned for the rest of the year to give the poker community amazing ways to celebrate with us.”
The action then heads online for a special event, with the WPT Spring Festival sponsored by Poker King. Running January 27 – February 7, the festival includes ¥12,000,000 (~$1.9 million) in guarantees. The ¥2,200 (~$345) buy-in Main Event goes February 1- 7 and has a ¥8,000,000 (~$1.25 million) guaranteed prize pool.
The second Main Tour stop is the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. The $3,500 buy-in event is scheduled for April 8 – 12. In 2021, the event broke the record for largest field in a live WPT event with 2,482 entries and a $7,942,400 prize pool. Brek Schutten took home $1,261,095 and etched his name onto the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup after outlasting the entire field.
The third WPT Main Tour stop is at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, OK. Now in its seventh year, WPT Choctaw has become a staple of the World Poker Tour. Last June, 964 entrants built a prize pool of $3,272,780 to easily smash the $1 million guarantee.
Both WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and WPT Choctaw will have their final tables filmed for broadcast at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on May 25 and 26.
The first half schedule also includes a trio of WPTDeepStacks™ events on three separate continents. The first is WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam at Holland Casino from March 25 – April 2. The WPTDeepStacks Main Event buy-in is €1,100. Players in Australia will then get their shot at WPTDeepStacks Sydney at The Star in Sydney, Australia running March 30 – April 11, which features an AUD $1,500 buy-in Main Event. WPTDS™ then returns stateside for WPTDeepStacks Thunder Valley at the Thunder Valley Casino and Resort in Lincoln, CA from April 19 – May 1, with a $1,500 buy-in Main Event.
More Season XX events will be announced at a later date. For more information, including World Poker Tour event schedules and the tour’s latest news, visit WPT.com.
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