The World Poker Tour unveiled the first half of its celebratory Season XX this week. The initial lineup includes a trio of Main Tour stops, another three WPTDeepStacks events, and an international online festival held in partnership with Poker King.
The WPT will kick everything off with the return of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main Event. The opening event will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida with a $3,500 Main that features a $2 million guarantee. The Main Event has two starting flights beginning on January 21, however, the tournament takes place in the midst of a two-week-long festival at the property that boasts $5 million in total guaranteed prize money across all events.
“We could not be happier to be launching our historic 20th anniversary with an amazing partner in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino,” said Adam Pliska, World Poker Tour CEO. “We have a number of special incentives planned for the rest of the year to give the poker community amazing ways to celebrate with us.”
The Main Tour doesn’t have to go very far with the next event also taking place at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL. The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown is another $3,500 Main Event and will look to bring out the crowds like it did last year when 2,482 entries turned the event into the largest live field in the history of the tour. Last year, Brek Schutten took down the final table for a $1,261,095 payday for his first WPT title.
The third Main Tour event is a return to Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma. The WPT Choctaw event is in its seventh year of being a part of the WPT schedule and is a big draw for players in the area. Last year, Dapo Ajayi topped the field of 964 entries in the $3,700 event to win his first WPT title and the $588,610 first-place prize.
Both April’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and WPT Choctaw final tables will have the final tables paused and reconvene at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas in Nevada on May 25 and 26 where a winner for each event will be crowned.
In between Seminole Hard Rock events, the WPT Spring Festival will take place. The online poker series, sponsored by Poker King, will run from January 27 – February 7 with roughly $1.9 million in total guarantees and a Main Event of $345 on February 1-7 with a prize pool of roughly $1.25 million (depending on current currency conversions).
In addition to the Main Tour, three WPTDeepStacks events will help fill out the first half. The first is WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam at the Holland Casino from March 25 – April 2 with a €1,100 buy-in. Next up, the tour pops up down under for WPTDeepstacks Sydney which will run from March 30 – April 11 at The Star in Sydney, Australia, and culminates with an AUD $1,500 buy-in Main Event. Finally, the WPT returns to Thunder Valley Casino in Northern California for WPTDeepStacks Thunder Valley from April 19 – May 1 and a $1,500 buy-in Main Event.
The World Poker Tour will have more Main Tour dates announced in the near future.
|DATE||EVENT||Main Event Buy-In|
|1/13-1/26||WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open||$3,500|
|1/27-2/7||WPT Spring Festival (Online)||$345|
|3/30-4/11||WPTDeepStacks Sydney||AUD $1,500|
|4/8-4/12||WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown||$3,500|
|4/19-5/1||WPTDeepStacks Thunder Valley||$1,500|