WPT Announces Additional Stops for Second Half of Season XVII
24 November 2018
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The World Poker Tour (WPT) is gearing up for 2019 by announcing 10 more Main Tour stops for the second half of Season XVII.

Just two more stops – the WPT Seminole Rock N Roll Poker Open (Nov. 23-28) and the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic (Dec. 10-15) remain – remain in 2018, and after the holiday break, things will pick up again with stops throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

The first stop in 2019 will be a return visit to California’s Gardens Casino, the place where Season XVII began. That is where Simon Lam topped a 584-entry field to win more than $565K in the $5,000 WPT Gardens Poker Festival. The latest stop, the $10,000 buy-in WPT Gardens Poker Championship, will take place Jan. 12-16.

Adam Pliska: “The WPT looks forward to the first of this season’s final tables to be played at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor.”

The final table is to be played at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, making it the first Main Tour event in WPT history to have the final table played and filmed for television at the arena. It’s part of the WPT’s groundbreaking and much-discussed 2019 plan to group final tables together at the Vegas venue, some of which will be delayed several weeks.

“The World Poker Tour is proud to announce more events to our growing Season XVII WPT Main Tour calendar,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska. “In addition to the great events on the schedule, the WPT looks forward to the first of this season’s final tables to be played at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel & Casino. In partnership with our sister company, Allied Esports, and backed by the support of Ourgame, we are thrilled to host the best final tables in poker at Esports Arena.”

The schedule announcement also revealed that for the first time ever, Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., will play host to a second event in the same season. The WPT Choctaw will run from May 17-20 and its final table will also be played at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas. You might recall that, back in August, Brady Holiman topped 755 entries to win the WPT Choctaw for $469K.

“Our players and casino partners deserve the brightest spotlight poker has to offer and what better way to give them that than inside the new official home of poker at the HyperX Esports Arena,” added VP of Global Tour Management Angelica Hael. “The WPT is excited to work with our Esports Arena final tablists to provide a true superstar VIP experience.”

Upcoming Season XVII WPT Stops

Tournament Location Main Event Dates Buy-In
WPT Seminole Rock N Roll Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock November 23-28 $3,500
WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Bellagio Las Vegas December 10-15 $10,400
WPT Gardens Championship Gardens Casino January 12-16 $10,000
WPT Russia Casino Sochi January 21-27 $3,000
WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa January 27-31 $3,500
WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Fallsview Casino Resort February 23-25 CAD $5,000
WPT Rolling Thunder Thunder Valley Casino Resort March 8-12 $5,000
WPT Barcelona Casino Barcelona March 10-17 €3,300
WPT European Championship Dusk Till Dawn April 7-14 £3,300
WPT Choctaw Choctaw Casino Resort May 17-20 $3,700
WPT ARIA Summer Championship ARIA Hotel & Resort May 27-31 $10,000
WPT Tournament of Champions ARIA Hotel & Resort June 1-3 $15,000