WPT500 Offers WSOP Alternative

WPT500 Offers WSOP Alternative

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The World Poker Tour (WPT) has just announced a follow up to last year's WPT500 Aria with an even more impressive event.

Back in 2014 the summer tournament saw more than 3,300 players ante-up $565 for a shot at a prizepool of $1 million which meant by the time everyone was seated the money on offer had swelled to $1.8 million.

Buoyed by this success, the organisers have decided to offer a similar structure this year, but instead of offering $1 million in cash, there will be $2 million up for grabs.

On top of the augmented prizepool, the event will also boast ten starting days, the first of which will kick off on May 31. From that point there will be opening rounds through June and into July in an attempt to attract as many players as possible.

"In order to create more value for the thousands of players who will flock to Sin City in the coming months, we have doubled the previous guarantee and scheduled more starting flights across three different weekends," explained the president of the WPT, Adam Pliska.

After the conclusion of the tenth opening flight (Day 1J) on July 5, the tournament will move onto Day 2 (also on July 5) before the final table commences on July 6. Because the WSOP will be in full swing during the event, it's hoped the number of runners will top last year's total. However, the organisers don't want to simply rely on this which is why they've put together a network of satellites.

Thanks to the WPT's relationship with PartyPoker, players in Europe can win one of 40+ packages for the event via a network of qualifiers costing from as little as $10 to enter.

Tags: Aria, WPT500, Las Vegas