The World Poker Tour declared its schedule for season-ending $15,000 buy-in WPT Tournament of Champions occasion recently. The Tournament of Champions (TOC) which is scheduled for May 2018 is now heading to ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for Season XVI. This season will be open for WPT Champions Club members only. Amusingly, the Main Tour Main Event winners from Season XVI will get automatic entries into this event.
The Schedule for WPT Tournament of Champions Festival Season XVI
|Jan. 10-15||€3,300 WPT European Championship||SpielBank Berlin (Berlin, Germany)|
|Jan. 19-24||$3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open||Seminole Hard Rock (Hollywood, FL)|
|Jan. 28-Feb. 2||$3,500 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open||Borgata (Atlantic City, NJ)|
|Feb. 10-12||CA$5,000 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic||Fallsview (Ontario, Canada)|
|Feb. 24-March 1||$10,000 WPT L.A. Poker Classic||Commerce (Commerce, CA)|
|March 2-6||$3,500 WPT Rolling Thunder||Thunder Valley (Lincoln, CA)|
|April 13-18||$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown||Seminole Hard Rock (Hollywood, FL)|
The flagship World Poker Tour event began at the Bellagio as a $25,000 buy-in event. It was previously known as WPT Championship (Seasons I – VIII). During Seasons XII and XIII, the Championship moved to the Borgata and was lowered to a $15,000 + $400 buy-in. It has reserved only for WPT champions in past two years. Its first two Tournament of Champions were held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. By winning Season XIV’s TOC for $381,600 with a 2016 Corvette, Farid Yachou become the first Champion of Champions. Daniel Weinman won the 2017 edition for $318,500 with a new 2018 Audi S5 Coupe. He defeated Michael Mizrachi in this game.
With the aim to organize numerous events, the WPT officials have made a partnership with a renowned Las Vegas casino. WPT along with ARIA have generated more than 16,000 tournament entries and awarded more than $8.1 million to the players. The CEO of the World Poker Tour Adam Pliska said, “Season XVI marks the fifth season that the World Poker Tour has partnered with ARIA Resort & Casino, and we are thrilled to take our relationship to new heights with ARIA to host the celebrated WPT Tournament of Champions.” This season will make trips to new regions like India and South America. Adam is excited to end up Season XVI on a positive note. According to him, it is going to be an exciting season.