The World Poker Tour has increased the interest in the season finale Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Festival with the addition of $10,000 and $25,500 buy-in events.
The World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championships is dead.
The senior management team killed it in November 2015.
Out of those ashes rose the WPT Tournament of Champions. A rake free event pitting the 21 Season XIV winners against WPT Champions Club members willing to pony up the $15,000 needed to play.
Speaking to WPT President Adam Pliska at the time of the announcement, he told CalvinAyre that the decision was made to elevate the importance of the Champions Club and ‘more clearly defining brand.’
The idea went down like a lead balloon.
David Peters tweeted at the time, “Have a silly Invitational if you want, but don’t replace it.”
It seems the feedback did not fall on deaf ears. The WPT Tournament of Champions remains the centrepiece of the end season finale at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, but two other mouth watering tournaments now stand by its side.
The WPT and Seminole have added one final way of securing a seat in that WPT Tournament of Champions event with the introduction of a $2m guaranteed $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) freezeout. The event takes place April 17-19. Late registration is open until the beginning of Day 2. It’s been christened the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale.
If a $10,000 buy-in doesn’t excite you, then there will also be a $1m guaranteed $25,500 buy-in High Roller taking place over two days starting April 19. These two events are in addition to the $3,500 buy-in $2 million guaranteed WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, April 14-20. This venue is home to the largest WPT Main Event size in the tour’s history (1,795 players).
The final tables of all the events mentioned above will be live streamed. The action at the WPT Tournament of Champions is to be recorded for showing on Fox Sports Network.
What’s your view?
Has the WPT done enough to satisfy players after the negative feedback associated with the WPT Tournament of Champions?