World Poker Tour Wrapping Up 2013 With Two Current EventsTuesday, December 17th, 2013 by Ryan
The World Poker Tour isn’t taking time off to end the year just yet, as they are still in the process of running two events on two different continents, at the same time. Not many poker series’ can do things like this, or even try to do things like this, but the World Poker Tour is currently making sure that they end this year with a bang. The first of the two events had their first day of play on Sunday, and the other one was playing through the day on Sunday looking to narrow down the field and get things closer to deciding who was going to take down a World Poker Tour title. The two events are the World Poker Tour Korea, and the other is the World Poker Tour’s Prague event.
This is the inaugural stop for the WPT Korea, and it is being played at the Ramada Plaza Jeju in South Korea. This is the third time in the lifespan of the WPT that they have stopped on the Asian continent though. The first two stops though were not a part of the actual season for the World Poker Tour, as they were actually National events, and they were held in China. This means that this is the first time that an Asian country has hosted a tournament on the main circuit of the World Poker Tour. The Day 1A field and the High Rollers side event were both underway.
Yesterday was the first day of the action, and we saw 50 players come to take a seat for Day 1A. A large part of the field was made up of local players coming into the tournament world, but there were definitely some well-known players who were out there as well. John Juanda was playing in the High Roller event, but it’s likely that he’ll take part in the Main Event action on Monday. Tony Dunst and Raymond Chow were both in the WPT Korea Main Event for Day 1A. We saw 26 players make it through the day though, and neither Dunst nor Chow could remain as one of those 26. Both are likely to come back on Monday to buy-in again though. At the end of the day, Alex Lou held the chip lead with 125k in chips, and behind Lou was Mesato Shimizu with 91,300 chips.
For the other tournament action, we saw the World Poker Tour run their second tournament in Prague. This is the final stop in Europe for the World Poker Tour for 2013, and Day 1A began yesterday as well. We’ve seen many big named players taking part in the action there as well though. This is the third year of the WPT Prague event, and in the last two years we saw Andrey Pateychuk win the event in 2011, and then Marcin Wydrowski win it last year. Both events had good numbers, as 2011 saw 571 players, and 2012 saw 567 players buy-in to the event.
The World Poker Tour’s Korea stop is going to come to a close on Thursday, and the WPT Prague is going to hold its final table just two days after that. We are going to see a good amount of money handed out this coming weekend, and some great poker as well. These are the two final events of the year for the World Poker Tour, and the series is going to return back for the new year in late January with a big stop at the Borgata in Atlantic City.
With the events winding down for the year, it almost means that the bulk of the awards and such are coming to a close as well. It’s been a big year for poker as a whole, as we not only saw things get pretty much fully settled out with Full Tilt Poker and the disaster that was Black Friday, but we also saw online poker now offered in a few different states, including Nevada and New Jersey as well. Online poker’s growth recently is definitely something to watch for 2014, but the different poker tournament series’ that are running will be fun to watch in the upcoming year as well. Poker continues to grow as the years go on, and that includes online poker in the United States also.