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World Poker Tour Season-Ending Festival Moves To Aria In 2018

Series To Be Headlined By New WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic and the Tournament of Champions


The World Poker Tour is returning its season-ending festival to Las Vegas in 2018. The WPT announced on Tuesday, January 23 that its sixteenth season would come to a conclusion at Aria Resort & Casino, highlighted by the WPT Tournament of Champions and a new $10,000 buy-in main event, the WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic. The event is named for Poker Hall of Famer and 1978 WSOP main event champion Bobby Baldwin, who is the president and COO of Aria.

“Aria takes great pride in being the host of the Season XVI WPT Tournament of Champions,” said Sean McCormack, director of poker operations for Aria. “We have developed a tremendous festival of events, highlighted by the premiere of the WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic, and are excited to welcome the biggest names in poker to Las Vegas in May.”

The series will be known as the WPT Tournament of Champions Festival and it will run for May 17-26. The whole affair kicks off with a $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament, followed by four $25,000 high roller events (starting on May 18, 19, 22 and 23) and a $100,000 super high roller that will run from May 24-25.

The WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic $10,000 buy-in main event will kick off on May 20 and continue until a champion is decided on May 23. The winner of that event will be the final player to qualify for the WPT Tournament of Champions, which gets underway on May 24. In that event, all of the winners from the WPT main tour events of season 16 will compete against any WPT champion from prior season who puts up the rake-free $15,000 buy-in. The televised final table of the event will take place at the new Esports Arena Las Vegas at the nearby Luxor Hotel and Casino.

“The World Poker Tour is thrilled to bring the illustrious WPT Tournament of Champions to the luxurious Aria, as we close out a historic Season XVI," said CEO of the World Poker Tour Adam Pliska. "The WPT Tournament of Champions is our most prized event, and the winner will join Farid Yachou and Daniel Weinman as a _WPT Tournament of Champions winner. We look forward to returning to Las Vegas, the birthplace of the WPT and the global home of poker, to crown this season’s champion of champions.”

To check out the schedule head to Card Player’s tournament listings by clicking here.