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World Poker Tour Championship Begins on Sunday

Card Player Will Provide Full Live Coverage from the $25,000 World Poker Tour Championship Event


2009 WPT Championship Winner Yevgeniy TimoshenkoThe first day of action at the $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Championship begins on Sunday, April 18 at noon PT, and Card Player will be providing full live coverage from the event, including live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos from Card Player TV. This annual event, hosted at Bellagio, is one of the marquee tournaments of the year, and it will attract some of the best professionals in the world. The concluding tournament for season VIII of the WPT will take place over the course of a week to give players an optimal playing schedule. The final table will crown a winner on Saturday, April 24.

The $25,000 WPT Championship event marks the conclusion of the Five-Star World Poker Classic tournament series at Bellagio. Seventeen preliminary events have awarded prizes so far. For a full record of the results, check out the tournament’s landing page. Notable preliminary winners include Rep Porter, Lee Markholt, J.J. Liu, Scott Clements, and James Van Alstyne.

Here is a look at the full schedule for the WPT Championship:

NOTE: Players begin with 100,000 in chips, and blinds begin at 100-200. Levels will be 90-minutes long, and there will be a 15-minute break after each level. Days 1-5 will play for five levels each (with a noon start time these days should end at 8:30 p.m.)

Players have the option to buy in to the event until the end of level eight.

Sunday, Apr. 18: Day 1 (all preliminary days begin at noon)
Monday, Apr. 19: Day 2
Tuesday, Apr. 20: Day 3
Wednesday, Apr. 21: Day 4
Thursday, Apr. 22: Day 5
Friday, Apr. 23: Day 6 – play down to final table
Saturday, Apr. 24: Final table (begins at 4 p.m.)

2009 WPT Championship:

Buy-in: $25,000
Number of Entries: 338
Total Prize Pool: $8,196,500
First-Place Prize: $2,149,500
Places Paid: 50

Final-Table Results:

1: Yevgeniy Timoshenko — $2,149,500 (pictured above right)
2: Ran Azor — $1,446,265
3: Bertrand Grospellier — $776,425
4: Christian Harder — $571,965
5: Shannon Shorr — $408,550
6: Scotty Nguyen — $285,985

Past Champions:

2009: Yevgeniy Timoshenko
2008: David Chiu
2007: Carlos Mortensen
2006: Joe Bartholdi
2005: Tuan Le
2004: Martin De Knijff
2003: Alan Goehring



over 12 years ago

It'll be over 100, the EPT San Remo is on, so anyone that would have played the WPT is probably already there and anyone at the EPT wouldn't have got to Vegas in time anyway.

It's true that you can't fly from many parts but these are poker players if they really wanted to get to Vegas they'd find a way to get to Spain which isn't affected anywhere near as much as more northern parts. Or they would have left from Southern Europe a couple of days ago before the cloud got that far. Fair enough no one trying to get to Vegas from the UK or the rest of Northern Europe on Friday or Saturday will get there but there will still be at least 200 runners IMO.