WPT announces 2021 US tour schedule
Another positive sign for the live poker economy as the World Poker Tour announces a full US season, plus good news for UK live poker.
It mostly seems like the only live poker that is happening right now is in America, but even for those of us elsewhere it is nice to see a full tour schedule announced given how non existent live poker has been over the last two years.
Proving how much pent up demand there is in poker right now, the WPT has broken several records for their biggest ever fields this year. It has now announced nine events all the way up until December that will hope to achieve similar feats. That includes a high profile online $25,000 heads-up championship in the schedule this year.
Almost all of these will be a ‘normal’ poker experience as the plexiglass is coming down in most card rooms in the casinos listed.
“As we emerge from restrictions throughout North America we have bolstered the momentum from last season’s historic numbers and are eager to meet the great demand for WPT events leading up to our twenty-year anniversary in 2022,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour.
The WPT has not yet announced any events in the rest of the world.
The GUKPT returns to the UK
The rest of the world still looks a long way off from hosting major poker festivals but the UK looks set to have its first major tournament next month. GUKPT London is set for July 15 with a £200,000 guarantee at the Victoria Casino. No word on the buy-in, though it is usually £1,000.
♣️♦️COMING NEXT MONTH‼️‼️
♣️♥️THE GUKPT is BACK‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/gsPaPDdBrT
— Grosvenor Poker (@GrosvenorPoker) June 1, 2021
Very restricted live poker is happening in the UK right now with masks and plexiglass. It is mostly cash games and very few tournaments. However, on June 21 the UK looks set to end all COVID restrictions making such an event possible. At the time of writing the government is in big talks to potentially delay that reopening date by a month, so the event still could be cancelled. The other major UK live poker venue, Dusk Till Dawn, will not be resuming business until all restrictions have been lifted.
Slowly but surely live poker is becoming a part of normal life again, though perhaps not soon enough for Europeans.
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