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2019 World Poker Tour Gardens Poker Championships Main Event Kicks Off Jan. 12

A Look At The Festival That Is Playing Host To The First WPT Main Event of 2019


In January the World Poker Tour is returning to the Gardens Casino in the Los Angeles area. The casino, which underwent $90 million renovation in 2016, will play host to the 2019 WPT Gardens Poker Championships, a 19-event festival that is set to run from Jan. 1 – 16.

The centerpiece of the series is the $10,000 buy-in WPT no-limit hold’em main event, which will take place from Jan. 12 -16. The tournament features two starting flights, each beginning at noon on Jan. 12 and 13. Players will begin with 40,000 in chips, with 60-minute levels for the starting days which will increase to 90-minute levels for days 2-4. The tournament will utilize a big-blind ante format.

2018 WPT Gardens Poker Festival champion Simon LamThe final table will be filmed for television at HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Mar. 12. This will be the first event in WPT history to be filmed at the new final table location.

This is the second WPT main event to take place at the Gardens Casino. The 2018 WPT Gardens Poker Festival $5,000 buy-in main even drew 584 entries to create a $2,944,800 prize pool. Simon Lam defeated 2018 Card Player Player of the Year award winner Jake Schindler to secure the title and the top prize of $565,055.

In addition to the main event, there are 18 other fantastic tournaments to choose from, with buy-ins ranging from as little as $110 all the way up to the $25,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller which is set to run on Jan. 16. Check out the full schedule by clicking here.

About The Gardens Casino

The Gardens Casino has been one of LA’s premier card clubs for more than 20 years, but the property got a major update via a $90 million renovation in 2016. Its new state-of-the-art venue offers guests is a paradise for poker players, with more than 100 cash game tables on the main floor, another 45 in the tournament room and 39 more in the VIP room. The venue has over 220 flat-screen TV’s for players to take in all their favorite sporting events or televised poker.

There are always a plethora of cash games running, with stakes as low as $2-3 limit hold’em all the way up to $1,000-$3,000 no-limit. There are also daily tournaments and sit’n’gos available.

The Gardens Casino also offers luxury VIP amenities, as well as a premium casual restaurant and an upscale bar and lounge. For more information on The Gardens Casino, visit

Photo credits: World Poker Tour / Joe Giron.