World Poker Tour Kicks Off Season XVIII at Gardens

World Poker Tour Kicks Off Season XVIII at Gardens

Less than two months ago, the World Poker Tour wrapped up its 17th season in Las Vegas. Two tournaments played out their final tables at the HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor in Las Vegas, the last regular event of the season played to completion at Aria, and the WPT Tournament of Champions took place and ultimately crowned Ole Schemion its winner.

WPT executives went back to their Southern California offices, crew members packed up the equipment for temporary storage, and many players moved on to the World Series of Poker.

But the WPT is now back in action, anxious to get its Season XVIII underway with the first stop of the main tour. And that brought players to Los Angeles and the Gardens Casino.

Starting at Home Base

The action kicked off on Saturday, July 20. The WPT Gardens Poker Festival actually started its local series of tournaments on July 12, but the WPT Main Event was set for this weekend.

The $5K buy-in event at Gardens Casino in Southern California offered two starting days and late registration open until several hours into Day 2 on Monday, July 22. Action was then set to continue through July 25, when the final table will play out on location and without any delays. The ultimate winner would not only take home his or her share of the prize pool but a 2019 BMW X1 car to go with it.

Other Stops Already Announced

The main World Poker Tour schedule will then welcome players back to Los Angeles before traversing the country and then crossing the pond and the northern American border.

Let’s look at the rest of the schedule as it stands thus far:

WPT Legends of Poker

Dates:  August 31 – September 4, 2019

Location:  Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, California

Buy-in:  $5K

WPT Borgata Poker Open

Dates:  September 15-20, 2019

Location:  Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Buy-in:  $3,500

WPT Maryland

Dates:  September 28 – October 2, 2019

Location:  Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland

Buy-in:  $3,500


Dates:  September 30 – October 6, 2019

Location:  Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK

Buy-in:  £3,300

Guarantee:  £1.5 million

Partner:  PartyPoker LIVE

WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble

Dates:  October 11-15, 2019

Location:  bestbet Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida

Buy-in:  $5K

WPT Montreal

Dates:  October 28 – November 3, 2019

Location:  Playground Poker Club in Quebec, Canada

Buy-in:  CAD $3,300

Guarantee:  CAD $3 million

Partner:  PartyPoker LIVE

WPT Seminole Rock & Roll Poker Open

Dates:  November 29 – December 4, 2019

Location:  Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida

Buy-in:  $3,500

WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Dates:  December 16-20, 2019

Location:  Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada

Buy-in:  $10K

WPT Russia

Dates:  January 20-26, 2020

Location:  Casino Sochi in Sochi, Russia

Buy-in:  ₽198,000 ($3,025)

Partner:  PartyPoker LIVE

WPT Germany

Dates:  February 17-23, 2020

Location:  King’s Resort Rozvadov, Czech Republic

Buy-in:  €3,300

Livestreams, No TV Broadcasts

As the schedule appears on the WPT website, none of the tournaments listed above are slated for any type of filming or television broadcasts.

This could change, as the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas is supposed to be available for select final tables. However, there have been no announcements yet.

The website does, however, list several of the events as offering livestreams. The WPT UK in September/October, WPT Montreal in October/November, WPT Russia in late January, and WPT Germany in February are all set to offer some type of final table viewing online. Interestingly, all of the streamed events will take place outside of the United States.


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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