Vienna is currently playing host to season 14 of the partypoker World Poker Tour Vienna Main Event. The event which is currently taking place will end on March 20. This is the fifth time that Austria’s capital has been chosen to be the venue for a main event of the World Poker Tour (WPT). This year’s event is once again taking place at the popular Montesino Pokertainment Centre, which is hosting the event for the fourth time in a row.
Vienna started hosting WPT Main Events only after season 9 of the WPT. That first event in Austria had a buy-in of €3,500 and was won by Russia’s Dmitry Gromov who beat 554 playing that included the likes of Simon Ravnsbaek, Maksim Kolosov and Mario Adinolfi.
The Season 10 edition of the tournament was won by Morten Christensen of Denmark followed by Vladimir Bozinovic in Season 11. The WPT skipped the stopover at Vienna in Season 12 but chose to come back to last year for Season 13. Last year’s main event was won by Greece’s Konstantino Nanos who took home €150,000 and a WPT World Championship ticket worth $15,400.
This year’s tournament will feature some of the top poker players in Europe including John Gale, Sebastian Langrock, Sebastian Pauli, Ana Marquez and Fraser MacIntyre. The warm up game of the event was won by James Akenhead, who made a name for himself as when he made it to the November Niner event of the World Series of Poker. He went on to win the partypoker WPT Vienna Warm-Up on March 14 after he bested 1,157 other entrants and won €65,000.
The main event has a buy-in of €3,300 and will provide players with 30,000 in chips and will be based on a blind format that goes up every hour. This format will prevail on day one of the event and from day two onwards, it will go up every 90 minutes.
A number of side events are being held as part of the WPT event. Some of the tournaments that will take place are the WPT PL Omaha with €550 buy-in, WPT 8-Max which has two satellite games and a buy-in of €115, WPT Experience with a buy-in of €440, WPT High Roller with €7,000 as buy-in, WPT Turbo Knockout with a buy-in of €215 and the WPT Last Chance with a buy-in of €115.