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Another strong sign that live poker is returning came Wednesday afternoon when the World Poker Tour announced their North American schedule for the remainder of 2021. The schedule includes a total of seven main tour events and is anchored by one of the longest running events in WPT history. Season 18, which began in July 2019 and was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, wrapped up in April with the record-setting Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. That event drew 2,482 entrants, the largest event in the history of the tour. "As we emerge from restrictions throughout North America we
[caption width="640"] Sean Perry turned 21 just a few hours before the WPT Five Diamond Classic started and now he just what win the whole thing (WPT photo)[/caption] Poker history is chock full of players who have called their shot. Lex Veldhuis did a few weeks ago, Mark Newhouse wishes he didn't do it when he finished ninth in the WSOP Main Event for a second consecutive year. In a lot of cases, it's a combination of confidence, ego and a little bit of fun. So when Sean Perry said last week that he was going to win the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic, it was mostly met with
[caption width="640"] James Romero earned almost million and etched his name on the WPT Champions Cup with his Season XV Five Diamond Win.(WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] The World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic is one of the tougher WPT fields each year. The Bellagio event draws some of the best poker players in the world to Las Vegas each December and the list of previous champions is a testament to that. Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Mohsin Charania, Dan Smith and Antonio Esfandiari are just a few of the players who have captured the title. The record-sized field that showed u