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Bringing the curtains down on Season XVI of the World Poker Tour (WPT), the finale tournament – WPT Tournament of Champions will be kicking off in Las Vegas on May 24. The mega event brings together champions of different WPT tournaments and promises to be the biggest one yet, not just in scale and grandeur but also in prize pool.
This year`s Season Finale $15,000 buy-in event is special and it is being hosted for the first time at ARIA on May 24, following which the tournament will move to the newly opened Esports Arena in Luxor Resorts & Casino for the final table from May 26. The hi-tech venue is, in fact, going to be this year’s WPT venue not only for the Tournament of Champions but also three other important WPT events.
The final table of Tournament of Champions will begin from 4pm on May 26 at the Esports Arena. Notably, WPT has brought in added flavors for the event this year and added $100,000 to the prize pool.
Millions of TV viewers and poker fans who walk into the Esports Arena will be able to enjoy the premier ambience of the multi-level sporting and entertainment complex that boasts of a state-of-art competition stage, a 50-foot LED video wall, telescopic seating, VIP lounges, virtual reality platforms and other features spread over 30,000 square-feet.
According to WPT Executive Tour Director, Matt Savage, “The World Poker Tour wants to honor our champions, and that is what we set out to do when we created the WPT Tournament of Champion. This season’s WPT Tournament of Champions aims to be the biggest and best yet, with more than $300,000 in added value.”
Poker fans! Experience the World Poker Tour at @ESALasVegas this month!
Legendary final tables!
Immersive WPT experience!
State-of-the-art, $20 million arena!
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) May 13, 2018
Adding to the glitter of attractive prizes at the Tournament of Champions, WPT is giving away a gift bag worth $1,000 to all participating players, and the tournament winner will bag a JetSmarter membership worth $50,000 and a luxury watch from Hublot. Winner of the tournament is expected to take home $381,000.
Prior to this, on May 25, Esports Arena will host the final table of the WPT Bellagio $25,000 High Roller Series. The tournament that began with 54 players earlier in May has reached the six handed final table where Tom Marchese, David Peters, Aaron Ogus, Sam Soverel, Rainer Kempe and Jake Schindler will resume play for the top prize of $432,000.
Later, on May 27 the WPT will tape a special televised $100/$200 No Limit Hold ‘em cash game.
The next day, the ClubWPT Challenge the Champs tournament will take center stage and millions of viewers will witness on TV, two qualifiers- Monte ‘Dino’ Phelps and Thomas Wallett battle with poker professionals David Williams, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Darren Elias, Mohsin Charania, Mike Sexton and Scotty Nguyen for $50,000.