The World Poker Tour (WPT) Main Tour schedule for Season XV has been announced.
In addition to the 20 stops on the international poker tour, the WPT has introduced the partypoker WPT Passport, the WPT Festival Championship, and has brought back a stop in the Caribbean with the partypoker WPT Caribbean in Punta Cana.
“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 WPT President and CEO Adam Pliska.
WPT Tournament of Champions
Season XV will culminate with the $15,000 buy-in WPT Tournament of Champions, which will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida on April 7, 2017.
Due to their wins at Playground Poker Club and Holland Casino respectively, Seth Davies and Andjelko Andrejevic already earned their seats into the WPT Tournament of Champions—saving them the hefty $15k buy-in.
“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,” Pliska continued.
partypoker WPT passport
This year, the WPT has partnered with partypoker to create daily online qualifiers. The WPT Passport super satellites will feed into a $530 buy-in WPT Passport satellite, where at least one $5,000 package is guaranteed.
Each WPT Passport winner has 12 months to decide which WPT Main Event they wish to play.
partypoker WPT Caribbean in Punta Cana
Starting on November 19, 2016, the partypoker WPT Caribbean festival will be hosted at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana where tournaments, satellites and cash games will all be played.
“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.”
WPT Festival Championship
The WPT Festival Championship will give players that win preliminary events a chance to play in the Main Event at that tour stop.
The champion of that event will also win a bespoke trophy and an off-the-felt VIP activities package. Only players that have already won a preliminary event at that particular festival will be eligible.
The live-streamed final tables on the World Poker Tour will have a “new look” for Season XV with “enhanced graphics packages” powered by the RFID technology of ShareHand Inc..
In addition, a new set has been designed for non-televised final tables and live streams will be available where fans can enjoy “additional content” from some of the best players during the stream on PlutoTV, Twitch, and YouTube.
For a full schedule of events, go here.