WPT Announces Complete Schedule & World Championship
The World Poker Tour beefed up the schedule in March by announcing additional events for the second half of this year as well as dates for the World Championship at Wynn in Las Vegas. The dates include Main Tour and Prime stops at familiar locations as well as some newer properties.
“As we build out the remainder of the schedule for Season XXI of the World Poker Tour, we are happy to be returning to some familiar WPT hosts,” WPT CEO Adam Pliska said in a news release, “while we also welcome a first-ever stop in Liechtenstein, continuing our pledge to bring poker to loyal players around the globe.”
The WPT’s premier Main Tour adds WPT Australia from Sept. 22-27 at The Star Gold Coast. Next up, Florida hosts a pair of Main Tour stops. The bestbet Scramble returns to the schedule from Nov. 10-14 at bestbet Jacksonville with the $3,500 Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open up next from Nov. 24-29. The Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, again hosts the event and has been a WPT partner since 2011, boasting eight of the 10 largest fields in tour history.
The season culminates with the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas from Dec. 7-12. The record-setting event returns to Wynn Las Vegas from Dec. 7-12 with the entire festival running Nov. 29 to Dec. 23. The inaugural championship offered a $15 million guarantee. The tournament then saw 2,960 entries, nearly doubling the guarantee for a prize pool of $29 million. Canada’s Eliot Hudon scored the title for $4.1 million with England’s Benny Glaser finishing runner-up for $2.8 million. The entire tournament series was popular with players and helped the WPT win the 2022 Event of the Year at the annual Global Poker Awards in March.
Beyond the Main Tour, tour officials also announced additional stops on the WPT Prime calendar. This is the company’s mid-major tour with lower buy-ins than the Main Tour. These events feature large prize pools and also now count toward the overall WPT Player of the Year standings. The entire Prime schedule features 12 events for players around the world. Here’s a look at the entire 2023 schedule.
|WPT Rolling Thunder||April 1-4||Thunder Valley Casino (California)|
|Prime India||April 13-17||Deltin Royale Casino (India)|
|WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown||April 28 – May 2||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Hollywood, Florida)|
|WPT Choctaw||May 5-8||Choctaw Casino Resort (Durant, Oklahoma)|
|Prime Slovakia||May 11-15||Card Casino Bratislava (Bratislava, Slovakia)|
|WPT Gardens Poker Championship||May 21-25||The Gardens Casino (Hawaiian Gardens, California)|
|Prime Vietnam||May 25-29||Crown Poker Club (Vietnam)|
|Prime Sanremo||June 7-11||Casinò di Sanremo (Sanremo, Italy)|
|Prime Aix-en-Provence||Aug. 3-6||Pasino Grand (Provence, France)|
|Prime Taiwan||Aug. 17-21||Chinese Texas Hold’em Poker Association (Taipei, Taiwan)|
|Prime Liechtenstein||Sept. 8-11||Grand Casino LI AG (Liechtenstein)|
|WPT Australia||Sept. 22-27||The Star Gold Coast (Gold Coast, Australia)|
|Prime Madrid||Sept. 28 – Oct. 1||Casino Gran Via (Madrid, Spain)|
|WPT bestbet Scramble||Nov. 10-14||bestbet Poker, Simulcast & Racing (Jacksonville, Florida)|
|WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open||Nov. 24-29||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Hollywood, Florida)|
|WPT World Champpionship||TBDDec. 7-12||Wynn (Las Vegas)|