The World Poker Tour is still adding to its Season XX schedule, all in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
The last major announcement about a new tour stop was to reveal a new partnership with Wynn Las Vegas. It will serve as the host casino for the WPT World Championship, a season-ending and year-ending series complete with more poker variations, a Ladies Championship, and a WPT Main Event with a $10K buy-in and record-setting $15M guarantee.
For that series, the World Poker Tour continues adding more ways for players to qualify. There are satellites at all WPT main tour and WPT Prime stops leading up to the Wynn series, and players in many parts of the world can participate in online poker satellites on WPT Global. For those in other countries, like the United States, players can win prize packages worth $12K on ClubWPT. The subscription poker website will award 40 WPT World Championship Passport packages, complete with travel expenses and a three-night stay at the Wynn on the Las Vegas Strip.
But before they gather in Vegas to wrap the year and anniversary season, they’re going on a boat.
Some WPT fans will remember that the World Poker Tour wanted to cruise last year. They set up the WPT Cruise for October 2021, complete with…well, it didn’t matter. The pandemic was still wreaking havoc on the travel industry. The WPT had to postpone the cruise.
They’re ready now.
It will be the WPT Cruise on the Scarlet Lady, a ship provided by Virgin Voyages.
The WPT Cruise already has an itinerary:
- November 11: Ship sails from Miami, Florida at 7pm local time
- November 12: Ship sails, poker players play
- November 13: Boat docks in Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) 9am to 6pm
- November 14: Ship sails, poker players play
- November 15: Boat docks in Bimini (Bahamas) 8am to 8pm
- November 16: Ship arrives back in Miami at 6:30am local time
As for the poker part of the World Poker Tour cruise, there will be a WPT Prime Main Event, not one on the main tour. In fact, all of the tournaments will offer fairly low buy-ins.
But there will be a big focus on the cash games. The poker room will offer $1/$3 and $2/$5 games and will spread No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha, though there will likely be the option for higher stakes and other games by popular demand. There is also a mini-schedule of tournaments:
- November 12 at 10am: $120 buy-in Daybreak NLHE
- November 14 at 10am: $500 buy-in WPT Cruise NLHE Main Event
- November 14 at 7pm: $330 buy-in NLHE Mystery Bounty
- November 15 at 8pm: $120 buy-in Survivor NLHE
Rules and Perks
Players must book their cruise through the WPT Cruise website in order to participate in any World Poker Tour events. Booking this way also gets a $300 bar tab per cabin.
There will also be a pool party for WPT cruisers at the Bimini Beach Club on the day of the Bahamas docking.
Poker fans can also look forward to the cash games being hosted by WPT Ambassadors Brad Owen and Andrew Neeme. They will be on board and splashing around in the cash games in a similar fashion to their signature meet-up games (MUGs). Both men will be cruising with the WPT for the first time.
Don’t forget your swim trunks and your flippy-floppies.