The World Poker Tour (WPT) recently announced that four WPT events will be hosted by the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa of Atlantic City during the following eight months. One of these events, the WPT World Championship, the event that marks the end of the WPT season, will be played on April 24, 2015.
Adam Pliska, the president of the WPT, said that the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is the ideal venue for four WPT televised poker tournaments as it has been the WPT’s partner for a long time and has an excellent tournament staff. He said that the tour is happy to return to the casino for the WPT World Championship, the last event of Season XIII. He said: “With the ability to generate massive prize pools, draw the biggest names in poker, and qualify players to events on both partypoker.com and BorgataPoker.com, we expect to see three tremendous Main Events in Atlantic City this season.”
The tour, which used to stop at the Bellagio of Las Vegas, decided to shift venues to Atlantic City for its twelfth season. The WPT Championship of Season XII, which was held at the Borgata in Atlantic City, had a guaranteed prize of $5 million and a field of 328 players. Keven Stammen, the champion, took home the top prize of $1.35 million.
Recently, the WPT announced that BorgataPoker.com and PartyPoker.com will once again officially sponsor all the televised poker tournaments at the Borgata, including the WPT World Championship of Season XIII. FSN will provide 11 hours of coverage to the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, the WPT Monster Invitational, and the WPT World Championship.
Jeffrey Haas, the director of poker for PartyPoker.com, said that the operator is happy to be one of the sponsors of three televised WPT Season XIII tournaments. Revealing plans to complement all televised WPT tournaments with online poker series resembling the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker and the Garden State Super Series, he said that “allowing players to transfer money to and from partypoker.com and BorgataPoker.com at the casino cage at Borgata will further synchronize the live and online poker experience, and this increased synergy will attract more people to the WPT, Borgata, and online gaming in New Jersey.”
Joe Lupo, the senior vice president (operations) for Borgata, said that the return of the WPT World Championship event to the Borgata projects it as “the premiere poker destination of the East Coast.”