Wednesday May 18, 2016 at 8:04 pm

The World Poker Tour turns 15! WPT announced the upcoming schedule for the next season, which is jam packed with 17 events kicking off with the WPT Choctaw in Oklahoma in late July 2016 and ending with the WPT Tournament of Champions at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida in April 2017. Yes, the WPT TOC returns once again. There's also one new stop for an inaugural event partypoker WPT Caribbean hosted at Hard Rock Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in November.

WPT stage

The new schedule for the Season XV of the World Poker Tour has been released with 17 events on the slate this season, which spans July 2016 through April 2017. The WPT Tournament of Champions returns after a successful launch this year. Each player who wins their WPT tour stop will get a freeroll (worth $15,000) into the WPT TOC at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood Florida, but the TOC is only open to members of the Champions Club, or former WPT winners who have to pony up the $15,000 entry fee. It's a cool way to bring together the season's top players with legends of the past. I was skeptical of first, but it really worked out.


Season XV kicks off in Oklahoma with the WPT Choctaw at the end of July…which is perfect timing because once the WSOP madness ends, the WPT madness can begin. The California Swing returns in early 2017 with three events in California in L.A., San JOse, and Lincoln, CA. The final three events to cap off the season, including the TOC, will be anchored at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywoood, Florida. There is one new tour stop this year down in the Dominican Republic. The new WPT Caribbean will be played out at the Hard Rock Punta Cana in November, which has become the epicenter of poker in the Caribbean the last year years. The staff at the Hard Rock Punta Cana really stepped up their game…so that stop is one event that you don't want to miss.


Just like last season, the events will be filmed for television, but you can follow the action via a webcast. If you want to hop on tour for Season XV, you're travel itinerary is going to look a lot like this… Oklahoma > Los Angeles >Atlantic City, NJ > Hanover, Maryland > Jacksonville, Florida > Nottingham, UK > Montreal > Dominican Republic > Prague > Las Vegas >Atlantic City > Ontario, Canada > Los Angeles > San Jose, California > Lincoln, California > Hollywood, Florida. That's a lot of miles, but it's should be another successful season.


According to the big dog at the WPT, Adam Pliska said: "With 12,000 entries in Season XIV, the World Poker Tour and its outstanding casino partners generated more than $50 million in combined prize pools. Following the overwhelmingly positive response from members of the WPT Champions Club, we are delighted to announce the return of the WPT Tournament of Champions in Season XV and launch new initiatives like the partypoker WPT Passport as we continue to enhance the WPT experience for both professionals and casual players around the globe."


The partypoker WPT passport is an unique twist for online qualifiers. They have a chance to a play in $350 satellites that give away at least one guaranteed package, in which they pick one of four different $5,000 buy-in event they'd like to play in.

WPT Season XV Schedule

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WPT Choctaw

Choctaw Casino Resort, Durant, Oklahoma

Main Event: Jul 29 - Aug 2, 2016

Buy-in: $3,500 + $200


WPT Legends of Poker

The Bicycle, Bell Gardens, California

Main Event: Aug 27 - Sep 1, 2016

Buy-in: $3,700 + $300


WPT Borgata Poker Open

Borgata Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Main Event: Sep 18 - 23, 2016

Buy-in: $3,300 + $200


WPT Maryland Live!

Maryland Live!, Hanover, Maryland

Main Event: Oct 1 - 5, 2016

Buy-in: $3,300 + $200


WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble

bestbet Poker, Simulcast & Racing, Jacksonville, Florida

Main Event: Oct 14 - 18, 2016

Buy-in: $4,650 + $280 +$70


partypoker WPT UK

Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Main Event: Oct 31 - Nov 6, 2016

Buy-in: £2,000 + £200 WPT Montreal

Playground Poker Club, Montreal, Canada

Main Event: Nov 11 - 17, 2016

Buy-in: $3,500 + $350 (CAD)


partypoker WPT Caribbean

Hard Rock Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Main Event: Nov 19 - 23, 2016

Buy-in: $4,650 + $350


partypoker WPT Prague

King's Casino, Prague, Czech Republic

Main Event: Dec 3-7, 2016

Buy-in: €3,000 + €300


WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada

Main Event: Dec 5 - 10, 2016

Buy-in: $10,000 + $400


WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

Borgata Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Main Event: Jan 29 - Feb 3, 2017

Buy-in: $3,300 + $200


WPT Fallsview Poker Classic

Fallsview Casino Resort, Ontario, Canada

Main Event: Feb 22 - 24, 2017

Buy-in: $4,700 + $300 (CAD)


WPT L.A. Poker Classic

Commerce Casino, Los Angeles, California

Main Event: Feb 27 - Mar 2, 2017

Buy-in: $9,600 + $400


WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star

Bay 101 Casino, San Jose, California

Main Event: Mar 6 - 10, 2017

Buy-in: $7,150 + $350


WPT Rolling Thunder

Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Lincoln, California

Main Event: Mar 11 - 15, 2017

Buy-in: $3,200 + $300


Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida

Main Event: Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2017 (Final Table: April 5)

Buy-in: $3,200 + $200 + $100

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale

Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood, Florida

Finale: Apr 2 - 4 2017 (Final Table: April 6)

Buy-in: $9,500 + $300 +$200


WPT Tournament of Champions

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida

TOC: Apr 7 - 9, 2017

Buy-in: $15,000

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