The World Poker Tour (WPT) have announced their 2014 tour dates, and it’s devoid of European Main Events as the National/Regional events seems to be the way forward.
In the early days of the World Poker Tour (WPT) I was both a fan and a critic. The highly polished television coverage of the final tables is one of the reasons I fell in love with poker, and yet I always had a problem with the use of the word ‘world’ in your title when you barely moved your behind out of your own country.
As seasons passed like the wind, the WPT started to lose it’s Mr. T fear of flying and soon enough is was creating a tour that was well and truly global, culminating in more continental stops than ever before.
So it’s with sorrow, but not surprise, that I received the WPT 2014 schedule and see that it’s shorn of Main Event action outside of the USA. There are six more main event stops before the tour comes to its climactic conclusion at the new home of the WPT World Championships in Borgata, and they will be held in Atlantic City, Coconut Creek, Los Angeles, San Jose, Jacksonville and Hollywood Florida.
It’s not complicated to see why some of the European stops have been dropped from the schedule. The turn out for these events as not been anywhere near as high as the American stops, whilst at the same time venues like Marrakech, Vejle and Brussels have seen huge fields for the National/Regional stops. It’s simply a case of supply and demand.
If you want in on some European WPT action then there is a wide range of smaller buy-in events in the 2014 National/Regional series, with five of the nine events schedule to be held in Europe at Vejle, Brussels, Newcastle and Stratford (twice).
“We are very excited about the depth and breadth of our Season XII schedule,” said WPT President, Adam Pliska. “We’ve taken great care to ensure all of our players – whether they’re on the Main Tour or in our WPT Regional or WPT National events – enjoy world-class experiences at premier venues around the globe.”
2014 World Poker Tour Main Event Schedule
|WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open (TV)||Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa||Jan 26 – 31||$3,500 buy-in|
|WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open||Seminole Casino Coconut Creek||Feb 7 – 12||$3,500 buy-in|
|WPT LA Poker Classic (TV)||Commerce Casino||Mar 1 – 6||$10,000 buy-in|
|WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star (TV)||Bay 101||Mar 10 – 14||$7,500 buy-in|
|WPT Jacksonville Bestbet Open||Bestbet Jacksonville||Mar 21 – 25||$3,500 buy-in|
|WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown (TV)||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood||April 11 – 17||$5,300 buy-in|
|WPT World Championships sponsored by PartyPoker (TV)||Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa||TBD||$15,400 buy-in|
2014 World Poker Tour National/Regional Schedule
|WPT Regional Florida Stax Poker Showdown||Seminole Casino Coconut Creek||Jan 22 – 27||$1,000 buy-in|
|Danske Spil WPT National Vejle||Casino Munkebjerg||Feb 7 – 11||€1,350 buy-in|
|PartyPoker WPT National UK London||Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City||Feb 27 – Mar 2||£200 buy-in|
|Win2day.be WPT National Brussels||Grand Casino Brussels Viage||Mar 6 – 10||€1,500 buy-in|
|WPT Regional Florida Spring Tampa Bay Open||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino||Mar 13 – 16||$1,500 buy-in|
|PartyPoker WPT National UK Newcastle||Aspers Casino Newcastle||May 1 – 4||£200 buy-in|
|WPT Regional Mississippi IP Spring Classic||IP Casino Resort and Spa Biloxi||May 9 – 11||$1,150 buy-in|
|WPT Regional Florida Stax Poker Lounge Showdown||Seminole Casino Coconut Creek||May 21 – 26||$350 buy-in|
|PartyPoker WPT National UK London||Aspers Casino Westfield, Stratford City||July 3 – 6||£200 buy -in|