World Poker Tour Announces Season XV Schedule, TOC Returns

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The World Poker Tour is hitting the road for Season XV

With one event already in the books, the World Poker Tour announced the full Season XV schedule featuring 17 more open events and the return of the WPT Tournament of Champions. The new season, which started with the Canadian Spring Championship at the Playground Poker Club in early May, also has some new additions including the introduction of the partypoker WPT Passport, WPT Festival Championship, and a return to the Caribbean.

“With 12,000 entries in Season XIV, the World Poker Tour and its outstanding casino partners generated more than $50 million in combined prize pools,” said Adam Pliska, President and CEO of the WPT. “Following the overwhelmingly positive response from members of the WPT Champions Club, we are delighted to announce the return of the WPT Tournament of Champions in Season XV and launch new initiatives like the partypoker WPT Passport as we continue to enhance the WPT experience for both professionals and casual players around the globe.”

The season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions, which replaced the WPT Championship for the first time last season, returns in April. It again takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida from April 7 to 9.

One new tournament this season is the partypoker WPT Caribbean, set for November 19 to 26 at the Hard Rock Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The Main Event, which runs from November 19 to 23, has a $5,000 buy-in.

“Hard Rock is one of the most globally recognizable brands and is synonymous with delivering a first-class experience,” said Angelica Hael, VP of Global Tour Management for WPT. “We are proud to partner with Hard Rock and partypoker to host partypoker WPT Caribbean and to add this tropical destination to the Season XV WPT Main Tour schedule.”

Also new in Season XV is the WPT Festival Championship. Players who win preliminary events in a festival leading up to each Main Event will be able to play in a tournament that awards one seat to that festival’s Main Event. Along with the buy-in, each WPT Festival Champion gets a special trophy and VIP access during the WPT event.

The WPT Passport also makes its debut this season. Online qualifiers for WPT events will now be able to choose which tournament to use their $5,000 package on, with four tournaments still remaining in Season XV that are eligible. $530 WPT Passport satellites run on partypoker that have at least one $5,000 package guaranteed.

For live-streamed broadcasts during Season XV, an enhanced graphics package will be introduced, with broadcasts on PlutoTV, Twitch, and YouTube. And for the first time, poker fans in Asia will be able to view Chinese commentary streams, further broadening WPT’s global reach.

WPT Season XV Schedule:

WPT Choctaw (TV)
Choctaw Casino Resort
Durant, Oklahoma
Festival: Jul 14 – Aug 2, 2016
Main Event: Jul 29 – Aug 2, 2016
$3,500 + $200 buy-in

WPT Legends of Poker (TV)
The Bicycle Hotel & Casino
Bell Gardens, California
Festival: Jul 28 – Sept 1, 2016
Main Event: Aug 27 – Sep 1, 2016
$3,700 + $300 buy-in

WPT Borgata Poker Open (TV)
Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Festival: Sep 6 – 23, 2016
Main Event: Sep 18 – 23, 2016
$3,300 + $200 buy-in

WPT Maryland Live!
Maryland Live!
Hanover, Maryland
Festival: Sept 24 – Oct 5, 2016
Main Event: Oct 1 – Oct 5, 2016
$3,300 + $200 buy-in

WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble (TV)
bestbet Poker, Simulcast & Racing
Jacksonville, Florida
Festival: Sept 30 – Oct 18
Main Event: Oct 14 – 18, 2016
$4,650 + $280 +$70 buy-in

partypoker WPT UK
Dusk Till Dawn
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Festival: Oct 24 – Nov 6 2016
Main Event: Oct 31 – Nov 6, 2016
£2,000 + £200 buy-in

partypoker.net WPT Montreal (TV)
Playground Poker Club
Montreal, Canada
Festival: Oct 30 – Nov 17, 2016
Main Event: Nov 11 – 17, 2016
CAD $3,500 + $350 buy-in

partypoker WPT Caribbean
Hard Rock Punta Cana
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Festival: Nov 19 – 26, 2016
Main Event: Nov 19 – 23, 2016
$4,650 + $350 buy-in

partypoker WPT Prague
King’s Casino
Prague, Czech Republic
Festival: Dec 1-18, 2016
Main Event: Dec 3-7, 2016
€3,000 + €300 buy-in

WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic (TV)
Bellagio
Las Vegas, Nevada
Festival: Nov 25 – Dec 11, 2016
Main Event: Dec 5 – 10, 2016
$10,000 + $400 buy-in

WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open
Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Festival: Jan 17 – Feb 3, 2017
Main Event: Jan 29 – Feb 3, 2017
$3,300 + $200 buy-in

WPT Fallsview Poker Classic
Fallsview Casino Resort
Ontario, Canada
Festival: Feb 17 – 24, 2017
Main Event: Feb 22 – 24, 2017
CAD $4,700 + $300 buy-in

WPT L.A. Poker Classic (TV)
Commerce Casino
Commerce, California
Festival: Jan 13 – Mar 2, 2017
Main Event: Feb 27 – Mar 2, 2017
$9,600 + $400 buy-in

WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star (TV)
Bay 101 Casino
San Jose, California
Festival: Mar 5 – 10, 2017
Main Event: Mar 6 – 10, 2017
$7,150 + $350 buy-in

WPT Rolling Thunder
Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Lincoln, California
Festival: Mar 8 – 15, 2017
Main Event: Mar 11 – 15, 2017
$3,200 + $300 buy-in

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Festival: Mar 16 – Apr 9, 2017
Main Event: Mar 31 – Apr 2, 2017
Final Table: Apr 5, 2017
$3,200 + $200 + $100 buy-in

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Festival: Mar 16 – Apr 9, 2017
Finale: Apr 2 – 4, 2017
Final Table: Apr 6, 2017
$9,500 + $300 +$200 buy-in

WPT Tournament of Champions (TV)
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Festival: Mar 16 – Apr 9, 2017
TOC: Apr 7 – 9, 2017
$15,000 buy-in