The World Poker Tour announced additional events for the second half of Season XXI last week with several events in the US and around the world.
The dates include Main Tour and Prime stops at familiar locations including Florida and some newer properties. A few new locations have also been added to the growing list of international destinations hosting a tour event.
“As we build out the remainder of the schedule for Season XXI of the World Poker Tour, we are happy to be returning to some familiar WPT hosts,” WPT CEO Adam Pliska said in a news release, “while we also welcome a first-ever stop in Liechtenstein, continuing our pledge to bring poker to loyal players around the globe.”
A look at the Main Tour
The WPT’s premier poker tour schedule now sees the addition of WPT Australia, which plays out Sept. 22-27 at The Star Gold Coast. The inaugural AUD$5,400 event set records in Queensland in 2022.
This year’s event returns with an additional day in the structure as well as an increased buy-in of AUD$8,000. The final table will be streamed live on the WPT YouTube and Twitch channels.
Next up, Florida hosts a pair of Main Tour stops. The bestbet Scramble returns to the schedule from Nov. 10-14 at bestbet Jacksonville.
The festival last ran in 2019 and now returns with a $5,000 buy-in championship with a live-streamed final table. The tournament was a favorite among many players and one of the only WPT tournament featuring bounties.
The action then shifts to Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, for the $3,500 Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open from Nov. 24-29. The property has been a WPT partner since 2011 and boasts eight of the 10 largest fields in tour history.
The season culminates with the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas. The company hasn’t announced exact dates yet, but those are expected to be released soon. This season’s schedule brings a total of eight Main Tour stops for 2023.
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Five Diamond no longer part of WPT plans
Players checking out the schedule may notice a glaring absence – the Five Diamond World Poker Classic. The event debuted on the tour in the inaugural season in 2022.
The annual event at the Bellagio was one of the tour’s premier events and was usually held each December. Winners included some of thee game’s biggest names including Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, Eugene Katchalov, Chino Rheem, and Antonio Esfandiari.
MGM Resorts seems to be moving away from hosting WPT events and focusing on its own events in partnership with its BetMGM online poker brand. The WPT World Championship now replaces the Five Diamond on the schedule in December.
“WPT had a long and legendary run with the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, and it is an invaluable part of our history,” Pliska told USPoker. “We cannot thank the Bellagio enough for such a fruitful partnership and we look forward to hosting WPT events at other premier venues around the world.”
WPT Prime stops also announced
Beyond the Main Tour, tour officials also announced additional stops on the WPT Prime calendar. This is the company’s mid-major tour with lower buy-ins than the Main Tour. These events feature large prize pools and also now count toward the overall WPT Player of the Year standings.
The latter half of Season XXI kicks off with two Prime stops in August. WPT Prime Aix-en-Provence is set for Aug. 3-6 at Pasino Grand in the south of France, becoming a new location and casino partner for the tour.
Prime then heads to Taipei, Taiwan, from Aug. 17-21. The tournament returns after seeing some nice results in 2022, according to WPT officials.
The action then returns to Europe with the Grand Casino LI AG hosting the first WPT stop in Liechtenstein. WPT Prime Liechtenstein is set for Sept. 8-11 and comes with a €1,100 and €1 million guarantee.
The end of September brings WPT Prime Madrid from Sept. 28 – Oct. 1. After a successful debut in 2022, the festival returns to Casino Gran Via with an €1,100 buy-in championship.
The entire Prime schedule features 12 events for players around the world. Here’s a look at the entire 2023 schedule.
WPT MainTour and Prime schedule
Event Date Location
Prime Paris Jan. 31– Feb. 5 Club Circus Paris
Prime Gold Coast March 2-6 The Star Gold Coast
Prime Cambodia March 16-20 Naga World Integrated Resort
Prime Amsterdam March 29 – April 1 Holland Casino
WPT Rolling Thunder April 1-4 Thunder Valley Casino
Prime India April 13-17 Deltin Royale Casino
WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown April 28 – May 2 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
WPT Choctaw May 5-8 Choctaw Casino Resort
Prime Slovakia May 11-15 Card Casino Bratislava
WPT Gardens Poker Championship May 21-25 The Gardens Casino
(Hawaiian Gardens, California)
Prime Vietnam May 25-29 Crown Poker Club
Prime Sanremo June 7-11 Casinò di Sanremo
Prime Aix-en-Provence Aug. 3-6 Pasino Grand
Prime Taiwan Aug. 17-21 Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association
Prime Liechtenstein Sept. 8-11 Grand Casino LI AG
WPT Australia Sept. 22-27 The Star Gold Coast
(Gold Coast, Australia)
Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 Casino Gran Via
WPT bestbet Scramble Nov. 10-14 bestbet Poker, Simulcast & Racing
WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Nov. 24-29 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
WPT World Champpionship TBD TBD