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2013 World Poker Tour $25,000 Championship Begins Today At Bellagio

The Final Event of the WPT's Eleventh Season Kicks Off At Noon

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The eleventh season of the World Poker Tout has reached its final stop, the prestigious $25,500 buy-in WPT Championship main event. The marquee event of the Bellagio’s Five Star World Poker Classic gets underway on Saturday, May 18th and runs until this season’s WPT champion is decided at the televised final table on May 24th.

As befitting an event of this level, there is plenty of play for those who participate. Players will start with $100,000 in chips with starting blinds of 150-300, meaning that each entrant begins with more than 333 big blinds in the first level. Registration will remain open through the first 8 levels, with one optional re-entry permitted. (Approximately 5pm on Day 2 May 19th).

Marvin RettenmaierPast champions of this illustrious event include Alan Goehring, Martin De Knijff, Tuan Le, Joe Bartholdi, Carlos Mortensen, David Chiu, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, David Williams and Scott Seiver. In the 2012 running of this event German superstar Marvin Rettenmaier topped a field of 152 entries to win the title and the first-place prize of $1,196,858. Rettenmaier topped an all-star final table that featured the likes of Michael Mizrachi, Nick Schulman, Steve O’Dwyer and Trevor Pope en route to victory.

In addition to the $25,500 main event, the Bellagio is also playing host to a $100,000 no-limit hold’em super high roller event that begins on May 21st and continues until a winner is decided on May 23rd. Past winners of this gigantic six-figure buy-in event include Erik Seidel, who won $1,092,780 for topping a field of 29 in 2011, and Tom Marchese, who emerged victorious from a field of 34 to capture the title and $1,308,405 in 2012.