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WPT World Poker Challenge Main Event Today

This Year the Last for the WPT Founding Event

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The World Poker Tour World Poker Challenge $7,500 championship event starts today and the winner of this year’s championship will have the distinction of winning the last WPT World Poker Challenge title.

CardPlayer.com’s tournament team will be there, covering all the poker action from the first cut of the decks. Click here for the tournament’s results and schedule page.

The first tournament series called the World Poker Challenge was held in 2001, and the WPT has been part of it since its first season was filmed in 2003. But the World Poker Challenge was one of the six public events that didn’t make the cut for WPT’s season-seven schedule.

Ron Rose won the first WPT World Poker Challenge and its $168,298 prize. The tourney had 87 entrants and a $5,000 buy-in. The event exploded the next year, in 2004, with 342 entrants. Michael Kinney won $629,649 and the crown. In 2005, 361 players again ponied up $5,000, and most of that ($638,380) would go to champion Arnold Spee. Michael Simon would outlast 591 players to win $1 million at the 2006 World Poker Challenge, and last year, J.C. Tran would be the last of 475 players standing to win $708,973.

This is the first year that the buy-in is $7,500. The final table is scheduled for Friday.