Better late than never! The World Poker Tour will finally play down to a champion in three WPT events from 2020, in addition to crowning a new champion from this season of the WPT. The pandemic cut short the production schedule from last March. A trio of events were scheduled to play out in late March and early April at the HyperX eSports Arena in the Luxor. But the pandemic sidelined that notion and in the WPT was recently sold. What a difference does a year make, eh?
The World Poker Tour changed hands at the start of the new year for $78 million. Allied eSports Entertainment sold the WPT to Element Partners. The sale meant that the WPT had to find a new home to film the final table. When the WPT first began, the Bellagio would be the place where they filmed the WPT Championship.
Most recently, the delayed final tables were played out at the Luxor in the state of the art eSports arena inside the pyramid. It was the meshing of eSports and poker, but that's in the past. The WPT will now have film their delayed final tables at the PokerGo studios at the Aria Casino on the Strip in Las Vegas.
On March 10, the first one returns with the final table for the 2020 WPT Gardens Poker Championship. In May they will play down three more final tables starting May 16 through May 18 including the conclusion of the 2020 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, 2020 WPT LA Poker Classic, and 2021 WPT SHR Poker Showdown.
The 2020 WPT Gardens Poker Championship started just outside LA with 257 runners who took a shot at the $10,000 buy-in. Chance Kornuth bagged up the lead with nearly 3M in chips. His final table also includes Markus Gonsalves, Tuan Phan, Qing Liu, Jonathan Cohen, and Straton Wilhelm. First place pays out $554,495.
The 2020 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open had a $3,500 price tag. A total of 1,290 entrants took a shot at the WPT title and $675K in cash. Veerab Zakarian is the chip leader at a final table that includes Brian Altman, James Anderson, Andrew Hanna, Bin Weng, and Nathan Russler. Altman won two WPT titles and was seeking his third.
The 2020 WPT LA Poker Classic had a $10,000 buy-in and 490 runners, who competed for a firstplace prize worth $1 million. The final table includes Balakrishna Patur, Matas Cimbolas, James Carroll, Ka Kwan Lau, Scott Hempel, and Upeshka De Silva.
WPT FINAL TABLE SCHEDULE
- 10 March - 2020 WPT Gardens Poker Championship
- 16 May - 2020 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open
- 17 May - 2020 WPT LA Poker Classic
- 18 May - 2021 WPT SHR Poker Showdown