Posts Tagged ‘World Poker Tour’

Daniel Weinman Earns WPT Tournament of Champions Win

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

The second annual World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions has finished up and it was poker pro Daniel Weinman who earned the first place win. Weinman had to face Michael Mizrachi in heads-up play to earn the title win and not only did he earn a huge prize but he also took home a 2018 Audi S5 coupe, custom poker table and a ton more prizes! The added value of the additional prizes certainly made the big win even sweeter!

66 players made up the field of competitors as the World Poker Tour event is played by WPT champions. Players either win a seat for free or they are a champion from a previous season and they buy-in for $15,000. The tournament was sponsored by Monster and saw an additional $100,000 added to the pot via the tournament sponsor.

When the final day of game play began, Weinman was the chip leader but had to fight to stay in the competition. Other top players at the table included Erik Seidel and of course Mizrachi. When heads up play began, Weinman would have about a 5 to 1 chip lead over Mizrachi. However, the lead by Weinman would dwindle as Mizrachi doubled up a few times. However, Weinman would maintain the lead and ended up earning the win with A-8 off suit.

The final hand would show a W-J-3-8-7 on the board with Weinman holding an A-8 and Mizrachi holding pocket fives. The 8s were better and Weinman would claim the title win, prize money and around $150,000 in additional prizes including the brand new Audi.


Final Results of the World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions

First Place Daniel Weinman $381,500
Second Place Michael Mizrachi $218,000
Third Place Daniel Santoro $133,525
Fourth Place David Ormsby $95,375
Fifth Place Erik Seidel $73,575
Sixth Place Dylan Wilkerson $57,225


Poker Hall of Fame Inducts Carlos Mortensen and Todd Brunson

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Every year, around the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event, the Poker Hall of Fame inducts new members. A lavish ceremony takes place honoring the individuals who are chosen as the best of the best in the poker world. For 2016, it was Carlos Mortensen and Todd Brunson who earned such honors. The ceremony took place last week and saw many of the living members of the Hall of Fame coming out to show support and enjoy the evening.

During his acceptance speech, Brunson stated that he would like to thank his mother, that she played a big role in his persona as well as in being a poker player. He learned valuable lessons from her in regards to the game, despite the fact that she has never played a hand. Brunson was comedic in his speech and discussed many stories he had about the poker world as he accepted his new spot.

Mortenson became the first European player to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame and earned the title by having proved he has what it takes on the poker felt during events around the world. The poker pro has quite the career, having earned the top spot as the all-time money winner for the World Poker Tour as well as earning the most WPT titles in the history of the World Poker Tour, tied with Gus Hansen and Anthony Zinno for this honor at three titles a piece.

As far as Brunson’s career is concerned, he has seen a successful career on the tournament circuit having won a WSOP bracelet and finished well in many WSOP events. Brunson has cashed out in WPT events as well as earned $4.3 million overall during his career.

Both men are well-deserved of the honor and join the members of the Poker Hall of Fame, ready to vote next year when the process begins anew.

World Poker Tour to Host Event during 2014 WSOP

Friday, April 25th, 2014

file4741238088930The World Series of Poker is one of the most popular poker series known around the world. Players converge from everywhere to compete in the many tournament events. A gold bracelet, bragging rights and cash money is the goal and most players will hit up Las Vegas and compete in multiple events, especially the pros.

Because of the series popularity, other groups usually do not host events as they know players will be participating in the WSOP. However, this year, the World Poker Tour has created a brand new event by Party Poker and it will take place at the same time as events of the WSOP.

The new event is titled PartyPoker presents: WPT 500 at ARIA and the event will run from July 1st to the 6th at the ARIA Resort & Casino which is in Las Vegas. This will also be the time of WSOP events so it will be interesting to see how well the tournament is for the WPT event.

The tournament will have a buy-in of just $500 + $65 and will have a guaranteed  prize pool of $1 million. The winner of the event will go home with at least $200,000 and five Day 1s will take place with a Day 2 that includes the final table on July 6th. Players will be able to compete in multiple Day 1st which will help to push the chip stacks further into game play.

The event will take place at the same time as popular WSOP events such as the Little One for One Drop, $10k PLO, $1,500 NLHE and the $1,500 10-Game Mix Six Handed event. The tournament will also run during the first two starting days of the Main Event. Jeffrey Has the Global Poker Director for PartyPoker stated that they expect more online qualifiers to participate in this event than any other poker tournament in Las Vegas so we shall see if the WSOP gets a run for their money!

Poker Pro Chris Moorman Finally Earns Major Title Win

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Chris Moorman is a well-known poker pro who has made a living at taking down monster pots at the felt. Despite his skill of the game, Moorman has yet to be able to take down a major tournament win, time after time. However, the pro recently finished first at the 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic to earn his first major title win!

Moorman was able to outlast the field of competitors and take down Glenn Lafaye in heads up play to earn the $1 million first place prize. As nice as $1 million is, the pro was happier to finally break his long streak without earning a major title win.
In the past, Moorman has made the final table of several events but was unable to close the deal. He has came close in WSOP Europe play, the European Poker Tour, the World Series of Poker and even the Aussie Millions.

After earning the win, Moorman now has earned almost $4 million in live tournament game play. He has also done better in online game play, earning around $11 million online. During the latest tournament win, Moorman took the lead during heads up play and never looked back. He took down the win after just a few hands with pocket Aces against Lafaye’s 5-4. Lafaye was on a straight draw but the river and turn were not what he needed giving Moorman the win and his first ever major title.

Final Results:

First Chris Moorman $1,015,460
Second Glenn Lafaye $662,840
Third Michael Rocco $423,440
Fourth Patrick Bruel $332,190
Fifth Josh Neufeld $264,520
Sixth Adam Friedman $200,440

It will now be interesting to see how long it takes for Moorman to win his next major title after finally getting the first one under his belt!

Possible Shot Clock Coming to World Poker Tour

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The World Poker Tour is a tournament series that travels the world to host highly anticipated poker gaming. Pros from across the globe attend the various events in the hopes of gaining a World Poker Tour title. The WPT has now polled players to see how they would feel about a new addition to the tournament rules. Players have been asked if they would be alright with adding a shot clock to game play.

During the LA Poker Classic Main Event, players were asked if they would like to see a shot clock added to game play during the next season. Marvin Rettenmaier provided information about the poll which stated how the shot clock would work.

Players would have only thirty seconds to decide how to play a hand. After the thirty second time frame is up, the player would have their hand claimed dead. Players would be given time buttons that would give an additional sixty seconds so that decisions can be made with a longer time frame. These buttons can be used individually or in combination with others.

Players were able to say Yes or No to the questions and then they could decide when the shot clock could be used. Players were asked if a shot clock should be used in the money, at the final three tables or at the final table.

Adam Pliska is the President of the WPT and he spoke with Poker News and stated that the World Poker Tour continues to try and find new ways to improve the overall tournament experience for players. Pliska along with others associated with WPT have considered adding a shot clock in a limited capacity and wanted to know the players reactions to this possible addition. Player feedback can always be helpful in determining if an addition is a good one.

California Casino Added to World Poker Tour Schedule

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Earlier this week it was announced that a California casino was added to the XII season of the World Poker Tour. The Thunder Valley Casino Resort will host an event in March of next year with the new tour stop title WPT Thunder Valley. This stop will equal three events in the state of California for players to enjoy.

The L.A. Poker Classic and the Bay 101 Shooting Star event are common stops on the World Poker Tour and Thunder Valley is hoping to become a regular stop as well. Adam Pliska is the President of the World Poker Tour and he stated that now that Thunder Valley is on the schedule, the WPT has created a California swing that will make in-state transportation easy. Not only can players enjoy the tournament events but also take in the sites and beauty of California as they travel from tournament to tournament.

This setup has been use with many different tournaments to allow for easy travel and the hope that players will just follow the tour, keeping the player numbers up. With players traveling, the fields will continue to feature pros and more players may show up to follow the progress of the tour.

The XII season of the World Poker Tour now heads to the Party Poker Montreal event starting on the 29th of November. The season continues and the California stop will be a nice event to the tour and it will be interesting to see how players enjoy the new stop and if it will become a staple to the World Poker Tour.

Players can view the full schedule with event dates, stops, buy-ins game types and more information by visiting the World Poker Tour website. Every stop on the tour is listed so players can go ahead and make plans to compete.

Florida Casino to host Large World Poker Tour Event

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Just yesterday it was announced that Hollywood, Florida will be home to a major World Poker Tour event in 2014. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will be hosting a $10 million guaranteed main event which is sure to bring players from across the globe to compete.

The Main Event will have a buy-in of $5,300 and the announcement is not yet ‘official’ as the WPT has yet to release an announcement. However, Matt Savage the Executive Tour Director of the World Poker Tour retweeted the event from the Seminole Hard Rock.

This will be the second time the casino has hosted a massive guaranteed event. The casino just got finished hosting the Poker Open which had a $10 Million Guarantee Championship Event, which offered the same large guaranteed prize pool.

The event should take place in April 2014 and would take place at the same time as other major events including the EPT Sanremo and the PokerStars and Monte Carlo EPT event. The WSOP will also be hosting an Asia-Pacific event.

Savage also stated on Twitter that the event will have the same re-entry format as the Poker Open did in August. The event will have one hour long levels that will continue until Day 3 based on the standard structure of the WPT. The tour event will also include side events that will be a mixture of games.

With such a large guarantee, there are sure to be many players competing. Top pros as well as amateurs who earn a spot in the event will be ready to compete and hopefully win a nice first place prize. We will stay on top of all the action and keep our readers updated on the latest information on this upcoming World Poker Tour.

Borgata To Host World Poker Tour Championship

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The World Poker Tour has just announced that in 2014, the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa will play host to the $25k WPT World Championship. The Atlantic City Casino will be hosting the event for the XII Season. The event has taken place in the state of Nevada for over a decade now, so the move is a big opportunity for the state of New Jersey.

With the Borgata hosting the event, this will be the first time if twelve years that the championship event did not take place in Nevada at the Bellagio Casino. The Borgata working with the World Poker Tour comes as no surprise as the two will be launching an online poker site soon,, in the state of New Jersey. This site will be powered by is the merger of bwin Interactive Entertainment AG and PartyGaming from 2011. The group acquired the World Poker Tour around four years ago.  And not only will the championship event be moving to a new location but the tour will now have a new sponsor for the event with the signing of PartyPoker.

Party Poker is now the official sponsor of the new World Poker Tour seasons World Championship event. This is not the only time that the WPT will be working with Party Poker. Just last week, the World Poker Tour announced that they had partnered with Party Poker to host a five stop tour in the UK.

The Borgata will be hosting three of the World Poker Tour events that will be filmed for television. These events will be for Season XII and will include the current event, the Borgata Poker Open which is already taking place. This event will finish up soon and players will move on to the next stop on the tour.