With two events left in Florida and Las Vegas this year, the World Poker Tour (WPT) has announced most of the second half of its Season XVII.
The 10 stops begin in January at California’s Gardens Casino and end in June at the Tournament of Champions at Las Vegas’s Aria.
Partnership with partypoker
The WPT recently announced a four-year partnership with partypoker Live in August to team up on tournaments held in Canada and Europe.
The released dates include seven stops in North America and three international events. The WPT also announced a second visit to the Choctaw in Durant, Okla., though an event at the Los Angeles Poker Classic has not been announced.
However, more stops may be added at a later date. Three international stops include:
- Sochi, Russia: Jan. 21-27
- Barcelona, Spain: March 10-17
- Nottingham, U.K.: April 7-14
All three dates had been announced previously as part of the deal with partypoker and also feature WPT500 and WPTDeepStacks tournaments, targeting players of all bankroll levels.
Beyond the Choctaw, WPT players and fans will recognize other tour stops.
In January, the WPT returns to Atlantic City for the Borgata Winter Poker Open. The property has been a longtime venue for the tour and draws players from across the U.S.
In February, the WPT heads to the great white north for the Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls, Canada.
In March, players converge on the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, Calif., and then head to the Choctaw in May.
The tour closes out its season in Las Vegas with the Aria Summer Championship to be held May 27-31 and then the Tournament of Champions — now sponsored by Baccarat Crystal — set for June 1-3.
Enjoy all the bells and wells
Along with announcing those venues and dates, the tour also outlined four events that will feature its new process for filming the final table for broadcast.
The remaining six players at the Gardens, Borgata, Choctaw and Aria events will return for the final table, which will be played and filmed for TV at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel & Casino.
Travel accommodation and hotel stay will be provided.
“The World Poker Tour is proud to announce more events to our growing season 17 WPT main tour calendar,” WPT CEO Adam Pliska said.
“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.”
WPT has partnered with MGM to make use of the Esports Arena, which has complete broadcast capabilities.
The arena can be used for esports events as well as poker final table. The facility was first used last year for the final table at the Tournament of Champions and the $25,000 Bellagio High Roller.
The two-level arena offers fans a chance to experience a WPT final table first-hand and features a complete bar and restaurant, an owner’s box for partying and hanging out with friends, and numerous other amenities.
“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, WPT vice president of global tour management.
“The WPT is excited to work with our Esports Arena final tablists to provide a true superstar VIP experience.”
For a complete look at the WPT schedule, click here.
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