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World Poker Tour $25,000 Championship Event Moving From Bellagio To Borgata

The Tour's Season-Ending Tournament Will Take Place In Atlantic City For The First Time


For the first time since it’s inception in 2002 the World Poker Tour’s season-ending $25,000 championship event will not be played at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The event will now be held at the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey in May, 2014 with PartyPoker as the official sponsor.

The move was announced during day 2 of the WPT Borgata Poker Open main event, a $3,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament that drew 1,189 entries to build a total prize pool of just over $3.8 million, surpassing the $3,540,500 prizepool of last year’s WPT Championship by more than a quarter million dollars. WPT President Adam Pliska took to twitter to share the big move.

The Bellagio will still host the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic in December as part of the tour’s twelfth season. Over the years the WPT Championship has awarded $61,616,750 in prize money, but turnout for the event has declined in recent years. Here is a look at the event’s 11-year-run at Bellagio:

Season No. of Entrants Champion Payout
1 111 Alan Goehring $1,011,866
2 343 Martin De Knijff $2,728,356
3 453 Tuan Le $2,856,150
4 605 Joe Bartholdi $3,760,165
5 639 Carlos Mortensen $3,970,415
6 545 David Chiu $3,389,140
7 338 Yevgeniy Timoshenko $2,149,960
8 195 David Williams $1,530,537
9 220 Scott Seiver $1,618,344
10 152 Marvin Rettenmaier $1,196,858
11 146 Chino Rheem $1,150,279