Los Angeles, CA (May 20, 2014) – World Poker Tour® today announced new dates for the partypoker presents: WPT500 at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The tournament will now begin on Independence Day and feature five Day 1’s, scheduled between July 4-8, 2014, with Day 2 and the final table being played Wednesday, July 9. In addition to winning the lion’s share of the $1 million guaranteed prize pool, all players who make the final table will win an entry into next year’s WPT500 event along with hotel accommodations at ARIA.
Each Day 1 flight starts at 12 p.m. with one entry permitted per day. Registration will be open daily from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Players who play multiple Day 1’s will have the opportunity to carry their biggest stack forward to Day 2.
WPT’s Executive Tour Director Matt Savage developed the structure for partypoker presents: WPT500 at ARIA and will act as tournament director.
Savage said, “The WPT is happy to be a part of the wonderful summer of poker and thrilled to be hosting it in the most beautiful poker room in Las Vegas. I feel the WPT500 is the perfect price point for both casual and recreational players as well as pros looking for a massive $200,000 first prize score.”
Players will start the tournament with a stack of chips totalling $15,000. The tournament will offer 30-minute levels for the first eight levels and 40 minutes from level nine and beyond. Savage predicts the Top 12% of each starting day’s field will make the money and the Top 5% will move on to Day 2. On July 9 at 8:30 a.m. there will be a special last chance $500 + $65 turbo heat with fast and furious 15-minute levels.
Players in Las Vegas can qualify through live satellites at ARIA, where at least 100 seats will be awarded; options include frequent $125 super satellites. For more ARIA tournament information, contact Tournament Manager Aaron Well at [email protected] and for Poker Room Reservations and/or queries, contact Kathleen Paculan, poker host, at [email protected].
Satellites are already running on www.partypoker.com and the majority of online poker sites within the bwin.party Group including Belgium (www.bwin.be), Denmark (www.partypoker.dk), France (www.partypoker.fr) and Italy (www.GiocoDigitale.it). There are daily opportunities to qualify for the WPT500 through guaranteed satellites on partypoker.com. They award either $565 seat-only prizes or $1,700 packages that include tournament entry, accommodation at Aria and travel/spending money. Eight packages are guaranteed every Sunday, and more details are available here: http://www.partypoker.com/whats-going-on/tournaments/wpt/five-hundred.html. In addition, ClubWPT.com* has four packages up for grabs over Memorial Day Weekend. Many players have already qualified for their chance to take their shot at the $200,000 guaranteed first place prize.
Team partypoker’s Mike Sexton said, “These online qualifiers are great because you can win a main package including accommodations or choose to qualify for just a seat if you are already in town and have somewhere to stay. It is great that you can choose to secure multiple buy-ins – there are many chances to win big money at the WPT500 at ARIA with this unique structure!”
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* No purchase is necessary for the ClubWPT sweepstakes and the service is void in states where prohibited. For more information visit ClubWPT.com.