Two weeks of live streams
The World Poker Tour has announced the live streaming schedule for the upcoming WPT World Championship. From December 7th, viewers will be able to enjoy 14 days of streams, with the first half being mostly cash games while the backdrop is heavily based on the main tournament of the WPT World Championship.
“We have developed a comprehensive livestream plan to provide global viewers with as much unique content as possible throughout the WPT World Championship Festival,” WPT CEO Adam Pliska said in an interview Press release. “There will be plenty of must-watch poker during our cash game and final table streams, including the crowning of the ultimate winner of the $40 million guaranteed World Championship.”
The first broadcast will be for the $25/$50 Creator Cash Game, featuring poker content creators such as Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. PT. The Ladies Championship final table will be presented on December 8th, followed by two days of high stakes cash games on December 9th and 10th.
Three of the next four days (there is no stream on December 13th) are cash games: Pot-Limit Omaha on December 11th, Ladies Cash Game on December 14th and the Million Dollar Cash Game on December 15th. In between is day 3 of the Prime Championship on December 12th.
From there, the daily live streams will be primarily related to the WPT World Championship, with days 2-6 streaming from December 16th to 20th and the final table streaming on December 21st. Some days are doubled with other events. The WPT x Daniel Arsham Celebrity Invitational will stream on December 18th, the Prime Championship final table will take place on December 19th and The Big One for One Drop final table will take place on December 20th.
Build on success
The return of the WPT World Championship was announced last March, and why not? Last year it was an absolute hit. The WPT World Championship existed before 2022, but has not been held since 2017, when it had a buy-in of $25,000.
The tournament was reborn last year with a buy-in of $10,000 (+400) and a record-breaking guaranteed prize pool of $15 million. It was a risky venture, but it paid off in spades (pun intended). 2,960 participants registered for the tournament, creating a prize pool of $29,008,000. First prize was $4,136,000 and went to Eliot Hudon.
Due to the event’s rousing success – and the rave reviews it generated – the World Poker Tour is really getting going this year. The guaranteed prize pool is a whopping $40 million. This means that as fantastic as last year’s turnout was, it will need to be much higher this year for the World Poker Tour to avoid overlap.
The entire WPT World Championship festival begins on November 29th, while the championship tournament itself begins on December 12th.