The seventeenth season of the area Poker Tour kicks off on July 21, and WPT announced Wednesday all ultimate tables of televised events will consume region in Las Vegas, in a brand new Esports enviornment at the Luxor. It’s a definite alternate in layout if you want to introduce a lengthen earlier than the before tournaments finished, and is being heralded as a move on the way to further “sportify” poker.
be aware of the video game change came in an announcement saying the first set of stops for WPT Season XVII. The Esports arena Las Vegas is in the area in the Luxor poker domino in the past occupied via Ra and LAX nightclubs.
“The surprising blessing of here’s it no longer simplest guarantees you’ll see this exhibit for up to 15 greater years, it looks superior,” WPT CEO Adam Pliska stated in a statement. “There’s no doubt, it’s a sport. We’ve noted it’s a game and now we’ve the venue for it.”
the new venue is 30.”000 rectangular ft of multilevel studio venue capable of accommodating a are living viewers. MGM motels parent enterprise of the Luxor spent $20 million to seriously change the area into a millennial-fellow gaming hub, with a 50-foot LED reveal in the back of a enormous stage, surrounded by hundreds of seats, a luxe VIP lounge, and a traditional video games cocktail bar.
Most controversial about the circulate is the way it will introduce a lengthen to the final tables, tons like the November 9 did for the WSOP for just about a decade — until it turned into deserted with tons fanfare last yr.
The announcement concerning the prolong to convey the remaining tables to the Esports area Las Vegas came in a statement naming the first eight stops for the 2018-19 season. The WPT did not deliver particulars about exactly when every tournament’s closing table would reconnoiter to check a champion, however a WPT executive estimated they might remove vicinity about three to six weeks from the point play whittled the container right down to a ultimate six.
Jul 21 $5.”000 WPT Gardens Poker pageant Hawaiian Gardens, CaliforniaAug three $3,700 WPT Choctaw Durant, OklahomaAug 18 $570 WPT500 la Bell Gardens, CaliforniaSep 16 $three,500 WPT Borgata start Atlantic metropolis, New JerseySep 21 $three.”500 WPT Maryland live Baltimore, MarylandOct 19 $5.”000 WPT Bestbet Bounty Scramble Jacksonville, FloridaNov 23 $three,500 WPT Seminole Rock N Roll Poker begin Hollywood, FloridaDec 10 $10,four hundred WPT 5 Diamond World Poker classic Las Vegas
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The changes for the upcoming season are in response to the tour’s strategic need to turn poker into greater of a game for a television audience.
In a further bid to do exactly that, the WPT is hitching its wagon to the most well liked activities brand in town — the Vegas Golden Knights. The NHL growth wunderkinds are generating huge excitement across Sin metropolis.
to be able to add some sportified thrill to remaining tables, the WPT plans to have Knights announcer Mark Shurnock be the voice of the remaining tables new Esports area.
in case you’ve been to any Knights’ domestic video games this season, you understand Shurnock is a master hype man. for a lot of lovers, his antics between the whistles have become appointment viewing. The WPT certainly identified the competencies for his frenzied energy and enthusiasm within the poker world, and he’ll be there whipping up the live spectators into a frenzy at each experience in 2018.
WPT officials are having a bet that the Esports area can at last become to Poker what Churchill Downs is to horse racing — the epicenter of all of it.