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[caption width="640"] Daniel Weinman grabbed his second WPT title of 2017 at the Season XV Tournament of Champions (WPT Photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] Two months ago Daniel Weinman added his name to the World Poker Tour Champions Cup with a win at the Borgata Winter Poker Open in Atlantic City. Sunday night in Hollywood, Florida the 29-year-old capped off Season XV of the WPT by winning the Tournament of Champions. "I feel incredible, this was such a tough tournament and to come out on top it's super special," said Weinman, who had to pass up a trip to The Masters final round after making the final table. ""It's crazy, usually you play these tournaments with a thousand people and there may be 850 people that really don't have a chance at winning the tournament that you go deep. They're just not comfortable with all the spots they're going to encounter. Having 66 people that have already won this and have had some success in the poker world, coming out on top is incredible." After running kings into aces, Dylan Wilkerson wasn’t left with much of a stack to work with. Daniel Santoro raised to 40,000 from UTG and Wilkerson moved all in from the cut off for 179,000. Santoro called and showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"] while Wilkerson had [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"] flop put Santoro ahead and neither the [poker card="3d"] turn or [poker card="6d"] river were any help to Wilkerson and he was out in sixth. Just six hands later Santoro picked up another elimination. With blinds of 8,000/16,000, Seidel all in for 138,000 from UTG and Santoro called, this time showing [poker card="ks"][poker card="jd"] and again found himself up against an ace as Erik Seidel showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"] flop put Santoro ahead with second pair and left Seidel hoping for one of the three remaining kings or running fives. The [poker card="2h"] turn was no help and neither was the [poker card="7h"] turn and the Hall of Famer Seidel was eliminated in fifth. The Daniel Santoro show kept on going. David Ormsby moved all in from the button for his last 286,000 and Santoro re-raised from the small blind, forcing big blind Michael Mizrachi to fold. Ormbsy tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="4c"] but this time Santoro was ahead with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"]. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="td"] to eliminate Ormbsy in fourth place and leave Santoro as the chip leader with three players remaining. Unfortunately for Santoro, just over two and a half hours later, the show came to an abrupt halt. Mizrachi folded his button, Weinman moved all in from the small blind and Santoro called all in from the big blind. Weinman showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"] while Santoro had [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"] flop put Santoro ahead and he dodged the [poker card="7c"] turn, but the [poker card="ac"] gave Weinman a better pair and eliminated Santoro. When heads-up play began, Weinman had Mizrachi outchipped 4.5-1 and it took him just 18 hands to end things. Mizrachi moved all in for 890,000 and Weinman called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"] while Mizrachi showed [poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="3c"] flop kept Mizrachi ahead, but the [poker card="8s"] turn gave Weinman third pair. The [poker card="7c"] river card was no good for Mizrachi and he was eliminated in second place, improving his TOC finish from last year by one spot and leaving Weinman as the Season XV TOC winner. Along with the $381,500 first place prize money, Weiman also won a 2018 Audi S5 Coupe, a pair of rose gold wireless Monster Headphones, a custom poker table, a seat in Tiger’s Poker Night and a one-week stay with Wyndham Extra holidays. Final Table Payouts Daniel Weinman - $381,500 Michael Mizrachi - $218,000 Daniel Santoro - $133,525 David Ormsby - $95,375 Erik Seidel - $73,575 Dylan Wilkerson - $57,225
[caption width="640"] The World Poker Tour Season XV broadcasts begin Sunday on Fox Sports (WPT Photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] Fret not poker fans. New episodes of the World Poker Tour are coming to Fox Sports Regional soon. Really soon actually. Beginning this Sunday, March 12, Fox Sports Regional will begin airing 27 episodes from Season XV of the World Poker Tour. This marks the beginning of a five-year extension that WPT signed with Fox Sports in late 2016. “Thanks to our award-winning production team, the World Poker Tour continues to raise the bar as the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment," said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. "Season XV of the World Poker Tour promises some truly legendary moments, including the first-ever King of the Club series and the second edition of the prestigious WPT Tournament of Champions.” The action kicks off with the first episode of the WPT Choctaw final table. A total of nine events will hit the airwaves this season. Along with Choctaw, viewers will see the final tables from the Legends of Poker, Borgata Poker Open, bestbet Bounty Scramble, WPT Montreal, Five Diamond World Poker Classic, LA Poker Classic, Bay 101 Shooting Star and the debut of the Tournament of Champions. As well as the Season XV episodes, the ClubWPT.com 'King of the Club' series will make its TV debut. The two 'King of Club' episodes feature six different ClubWPT.com qualifiers playing for a piece of the $37,500 in prize money. All of the familiar faces from previous WPT seasons will be back. Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, who have been in the broadcast booth since the beginning, are both back calling the action together in all but one episode. Raw Deal analyst Tony Dunst fills in for Sexton for one event - but we won't spoil why.Lynn Gilmartin is also back as WPT anchor this season. Episodes air each Sunday at 8/11 PM local time with repeats throughout the week
[caption width="640"] The World Poker Tour is hitting the road for Season XV[/caption] 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