The 2014 WPT World Poker Championship will being taking place a little closer to our border this year, at the Borgata in Atlantic City, thanks in part to the North American momentum partypoker sponsored events have been gaining, as well as leading the charge as a legal licensed online gaming provider in New Jersey – in case you missed it this past January, there was even a landmark partnership struck between the online gaming provider and the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center, hailed by devils.nhl.com as “the first of its kind for US-based sports organizations.”
The WPT World Championship was formerly a $25,000 buy-in at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the event seen a significant decline in attendance at the venue over the years and has been adjusted for the times; while still keeping a “high roller” standard, the $15,400 price-point of the televised event is still saving players a full main event buy-in and should see prize-pools soar once again, especially given a $5,000,000 prize-pool guarantee!
The World Championship is set to take place from April 21st to 26th with tons of support in the form of feeder satellites, in a venue that has in the past attracted 2 out the World Poker Tour’s top 3 biggest fields. Add to that an attractive Spring Poker Open running from April 8th to 26th which includes a multi-starting day $550 and the $2,700 BSO Main event, both with $1,000,000 guarantees, as well as a plethora of other side events ranging from $230-$1090, tons of qualifiers for a variety of these events and it becomes very easy to see why this just may be the perfect recipe to make it one of the must play series of the year. Given the dense population of the American east coast and the proximity to Montreal & Toronto, expect a fair amount of our best to make the trip.
Canadian players Greg “FBT” Mueller, Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Roy (both of which made last year’s final table) and Shawn Buchanan are just a few of our top pros who have previously turned out, so be sure to tune back here in late April to see who’s running deep this year, or good luck if you decide to make it out yourself!