The prestigious final stop of the World Poker Tour is set to take centre stage this weekend at the beautiful Bellagio in Las Vegas where competitors will pay a $25,000 buy-in for a chance at the title.
In a press release just yesterday, WPT and Bellagio Officials just announced an agreement for an extension of their partnership which dates back to the origins of the World Poker Tour.
Some pros that have announced that they will be in attendance including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, Vanessa Rousso, Antonio Esfandiari, 2010 WPT Player of the Year Faraz Jaka, and 2010 winner David Williams who in addition to winning the championship also won $1,530,537. Canadian pro Shawn Buchanan finished in 3rd place at this event last year winning $587,906. Last year’s WPT Championship attracted a field of 195 players which represented a decline in comparison to other years but tournament organizers are confident they will get better turnouts at this signature event.
Players will start with $100,000 in tournament chips and the blind levels are 90 minutes long with 15 minute breaks at the end of each level. The top 27 places will be paid if the number of entries is between 200-299 players and if 300-399, top 50 places are paid.
Here is the schedule for the main event, with all tournament days beginning at noon except for the final table which begins at 4PM.
Saturday, May 14: Day 1
Sunday, May 15: Day 2
Monday, May 16: Day 3
Tuesday, May 17: Day 4
Wednesday, May 18: Day 5
Thursday, May 19: Day 6
Friday, May 20: Final Table
In addition to the Championship event which is scheduled for May 14th, the highest buy-in televised event in U.S. history will also be taking place on May 18 and 19 at Bellagio, the $100,000 WPT Championship Super High Roller Event. Some confirmed pros include Tony G, Eric Seidel, Sam Trickett, and Justin Smith.