The seventeenth season of the realm Poker Tour kicks off on July 21, and WPT introduced Wednesday all final tables of televised movements will retract area in Las Vegas, in a brand new Esports enviornment at the Luxor. It’s a definite alternate in layout so as to introduce a lengthen earlier than the earlier than tournaments complete, and is being heralded as a circulate a good way to extra “sportify” poker.
notice of the online game change got here in an announcement announcing the primary set of stops for WPT Season XVII. The Esports arena Las Vegas is in the space within the Luxor previously occupied by means of Ra and LAX nightclubs.
“The surprising blessing of here’s it not simplest guarantees you’ll see this exhibit for up to 15 extra years, it appears enhanced,” WPT CEO Adam Pliska observed in a statement. “There’s no question, it’s a activity. We’ve stated it’s a activity and now we now have the venue for it.”
the new venue is 30,000 square ft of multilevel studio venue capable of accommodating a live viewers. MGM motels guardian company of the Luxor spent $20 million to transform the enviornment into a millennial-congenial gaming hub, with a 50-foot LED screen behind a enormous stage, surrounded by way of hundreds of seats, a luxe VIP lounge, and a traditional video games cocktail bar.
Most controversial about the circulation is the way it will introduce a delay to the final tables, tons just like the November nine did for the WSOP for practically a decade — except it changed into deserted with an awful lot fanfare remaining 12 months.
The announcement about the delay to deliver the final tables to the Esports enviornment Las Vegas came in an announcement naming the primary eight stops for the 2018-19 season. The WPT didn’t deliver particulars about precisely when each and every event’s last desk would reconnoiter to investigate a champion, however a WPT executive estimated they’d capture place about three to 6 weeks from the point play whittled the box down to a remaining six.
Jul 21 $5.”000 WPT Gardens Poker festival Hawaiian Gardens, CaliforniaAug 3 $3,seven hundred WPT Choctaw Durant, OklahomaAug 18 $570 WPT500 la Bell Gardens, CaliforniaSep sixteen $3.”500 WPT Borgata commence Atlantic city, New JerseySep 21 $3,500 WPT Maryland reside Baltimore, MarylandOct 19 $5.”000 WPT Bestbet Bounty Scramble Jacksonville, FloridaNov 23 $3,500 WPT Seminole Rock N Roll Poker commence Hollywood, FloridaDec 10 $10,400 WPT 5 Diamond World Poker classic Las Vegas
Golden Knight Coattails?
The alterations for the upcoming season are according to the tour’s strategic desire to turn poker into extra of a activity for a tv viewers.
In an extra bid to do just that, the WPT is hitching its wagon to the preferred sports company in town — the Vegas Golden Knights. The NHL growth wunderkinds are producing massive exhilaration throughout Sin city.
with a view to add some sportified thrill to last tables, the WPT plans to have Knights announcer Mark Shurnock be the voice of the remaining tables new Esports area.