WPT Announces Six More Season XVI Tour Stops11 months ago
The World Poker Tour confirmed its schedule for the latter portion of its Season XVI Main Tour that will feature six additional stops at five different casinos that regular WPT players are already quite familiar with.
While the WPT European Championship in Berlin, Germany from January 10-15, 2018 had been announced previously, the half dozen added tour destinations that follow will land in Florida, California, New Jersey, and Canada, with the first two states mentioned being visited twice.
“These five venues generated nearly 5,500 total entries and more than $23 million in total prize money during Season XV of the World Poker Tour, and we look forward to continued WPT success at these world class properties during the second half of Season XVI,” said tour CEO Adam Pliska.
The WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida is the first of the new tour stops. Taking place from January 19-24, the event is listed as a joint festival with the WPT DeepStacks that features a Main Event from January 11-15.
Next on the schedule is the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey from January 28 thru February 2. The $3,500 buy-in Main Event will be defended by last year's champion, Daniel Weinman, who also went on to win the Season XV WPT Tournament of Champions and $381,500.
$15K T of C Entry for Winners
Each winner of the six additional Season XVI WPT Main Events will receive a $15,000 seat to this year's Tournament of Champions, with the date of that event expected to be announced soon.
Another stop in February follows and will take place from the 10th-12th at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Ontario, Canada. The WPT Fallsview Poker Classic marks the second time this season that the WPT will travel north of the US border.
It's cold in Canada in February and WPT players will get a respite when they find themselves in warmer climes in Southern California for the WPT L.A. Poker Classic from February 24 thru March 1. Hosted by the Commerce Casino, the Main Event will be filmed for a TV broadcast and requires a $10,000 entry fee, with the champion likely to win at least $1 million.
The WPT will remain in the Golden State for its next stop, albeit in the northern region for the WPT Rolling Thunder from March 2-6 at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, CA. Harrison Gimbel took down the event last year and also recorded his first WSOP championship over the summer. Added to his EPT title in 2010, Gimbel became only the 7th player to win poker's triple crown.
The last of the six newly announced tour stops will see the WPT make a return trip to Florida for the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown from April 13-18. The television cameras will once again be rolling for the closeout of Season XVI.
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