WPT Championship replaced with champions-only event

Major changes to the World Poker Tour as their grand final event is to be replaced with an event for former champions only.

Reigning WPT World Champion Asher Coniff
Reigning WPT World Champion Asher Conniff

Last season the World Poker Tour made the surprise move of reducing the WPT Championship event buy-in from $25,000 to $15,000, as well as moving it from Las Vegas to New Jersey.

Now the tour is making another major change to the season finale, they are effectively getting rid of the event altogether and replacing it with the WPT Tournament of Champions. This is an invite-only tournament exclusively for former WPT Champions.

The $15,400 buy-in invitational will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, between April 21-23. The only players who can participate are WPT Champions Club members, including all the current Season XIV winners.

Will the champions play?

WPT poker trophy
The end of a marquee event?

The tour has been running since 2002, so as such the list of potential players is not small. However, while the World Poker Tour is by no means struggling as a tour, it is very much in the third position of the three major tours, behind the EPT and WSOP. This new initiative might come as a surprise that so many potential players are excluded from such a marquee event.

There is also a question of how many former champions will want to pay $15,400 to play in an event made up exclusively of players good enough to win a World Poker Tour event?

There is also a final regular season $5,300 WPT event taking place at the same venue immediately before it. The WPT Tournament of Champions event takes place a week before the also recently modified EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, which has just announced it was halving its buy-in from €10,600 to €5,300.

You can see the full remaining WPT Season XIV schedule here.

Do you agree with making the final event for champions only? Let us know in the comments.

Barry Carter

Barry Carter

is the editor of PokerStrategy.com and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2.

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