Mark It Down – WPT Adds Seven StopsTuesday, February 26th, 2013 by Ryan
The World Poker Tour is rolling along just fine with their standard stops that players have grown to know and love. If you’ve ever played in a World Poker Tour event, you’ll find that there are many of them in many great locations, and also that the set up behind the events is done incredibly well. The tournaments are going to feature some big named players, but also are events that you can work your way through with a good amount of patience. Currently, the WPT is finishing up the event that they are holding in Baden, Austria, and after that they are going to head California for the popular L.A. Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino. While this is all going on, the World Poker Tour has gone out and announced that they are going to be adding seven additional stops leading up to the big time Championship event this May.
The seven stops that are included will feature two of them being “official” championship events, and the other five are going to be the more commonly found regional and national events that are ran. The key difference between these two types of events is that the regional and national events are going to award points towards the Player of the Year race, and the winners also aren’t going to see their names highlighted on the World Poker Tour Champions’ Cup. These events are going to give players the chance to be able to get prepared before the finale comes along for Season XI, which is going to be held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas this coming May.
One major popular tournament that we saw come up last year was the BestBet Open which will be ran yet again. The tournament will run from April 26th to April 30th, and is going to feature a $3,500 buy-in and is a Main Event. This will be held at the BestBet Jacksonville in Florida, and last year we saw 320 players buy-in to the event. The final table featured some big names such as Tony Dunst, Will “The Thrill” Failla, Shawn Cunix, and Daniel Buzgon. Last year though, the tournament featured a $5,000 buy-in, so we are expecting to see quite a good number of players buying into this one.
After that Jacksonville event, we’ll see the World Poker Tour take their talents up to Canada in an event in Montreal. This will be the PartyPoker.net WPT Canadian Spring Championship, and it is going to be played at the Playground Poker Club. This event will run from the 3rd to the 9th of May, and has a $3,300C buy-in. This event last year drew in an impressive 1,173 players, and this ended up being the largest tournament in the history of Canadian poker, and Jonathan Roy took down the event at the end of the day.
The new additions to the schedule are going to feature action held in the United States at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Florida starting on March 7th, and also at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi from April 5th to 8th. The buy-in’s for these events are going to be $1500 for the Tampa event, and then $1150 for the stop in Biloxi, Mississippi.
There will be two events held in Europe as well which are going to be Regional and National events. The two stops are going to be held in London and Marbella, Spain. The first will run from March 15th to March 19th at the Aspers Casion in London, and features a £1,650 buy-in, features two Day Ones and re-entry as well until Level 6. The Marbella event is the Bwin.es WPT National event and is going to be held at the Casino Marbella in Southern Spain from April 11th to April 15th featuring the same buy-in. The same rules will apply for this tournament as well for the stop in London.
To cover the final of the new events, you’ll see a stop in Johannesburg, South Africa from April 5th to April 7th at the Emperors Palace Hotel and Casino, and has a cost of ZAR14,300. The full list of new events should make the action even more interesting, which is something that’s hard to expect with how popular many of these tournaments have become over the past year or two. We’ll keep you updated on any additional news that comes out about the events running through this season.