The success of the WPT500 has been immense since first being introduced at Aria Casino and Dusk Till Dawn, in Nottingham, UK in 2014. Now another venue is set to host the budget-minded event as WPT announced WPT500 Los Angeles was coming to the Gardens Casino.
Starting on May 21, players will have the opportunity to enter in one of 14 starting flights. The $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool features a buy-in of $565 and will use the Action Clock by Protection Poker once the field narrows down to 54 players remaining.
“We are excited to welcome the World Poker Tour to The Gardens Casino for WPT500 Los Angeles,” said Ron Sarabi, Casino General Manager, The Gardens. “With a $1 million guaranteed prize pool at an accessible price point of $565, WPT500 Los Angeles is the perfect main event for The Gardens Poker Festival and a must-attend tournament for all players.”
From May 21-24, one starting flight takes place each day starting at 11:00 am PT. All Day 1 flights carry eight levels of late registration and re-entry. Starting on May 25 and ending on May 29, there will be two starting flights on each day. The first flight will start at 11:00 am PT and the 5:00 pm PT flight carries a more fast-paced structure.
All of the 14 starting flights are to play down to the final eight percent of the field before all remaining players return on Tuesday, May 30, to play to the final table. May 31 marks the date of the final table and will have a live stream.
The best stack forward format will be used and any player who bags chips is allowed to enter another starting flight. Should a player bag in multiple flights, the lesser of his or her chip totals will be forfeited at the start of Day 2.
“The World Poker Tour couldn’t be happier to partner with The Gardens Casino to bring the WPT500 to California for the very first time,” said Angelica Hael, WPT VP of Global Tour Management. “The WPT500 is a tremendous addition to the state’s robust and vibrant poker landscape, and Memorial Day Weekend in Los Angeles is the perfect time and place to host this historic event. With fantastic onsite amenities, a world-class poker room, and genuine hospitality from The Gardens team, the World Poker Tour is very excited about hosting the first-ever WPT500 in California.”
The WPT500 is running as part of the Gardens Poker Festival, which is running from May 15-31, at Gardens Casino. There will be satellites for the WPT500, starting at the low price point of $65, with 40 seats guaranteed.