WPT season 14 continues at Bellagio

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Season 14 of the World Poker Tour continues at the Bellagio Resort & Casino with the Five Diamond World Poker Classic running Dec. 4-19.

The 19-event series kicks off on Friday at noon with Event 1: $1,090 No-Limit Hold’em. The weekend continues with more no-limit action with a $1,600 buy-in on Saturday and $560 buy-in on Sunday. Both start at noon.

The rest of the schedule is filled with a variety of events and buy-ins. A two-day $1,090 Seniors’ No-Limit Hold’em tournament starts at 10 a.m., Dec. 7. Another Seniors’ tournament will be held Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. featuring a $1,600 buy-in. The minimum age to play is 50.

For Omaha players, a $1,090 Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) tournament starts Dec. 9 at noon and on Dec. 10, a $10,400 PLO also begins at noon.

This Las Vegas stop also marks the return of the Alpha8, the WPT’s series of super high-roller tournaments with buy-ins starting at $100,000 that launched last year. The two-day $100,000 High Roller begins Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. and concludes Dec. 19. The only other Alpha8 stop this year was at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Hollywood, Florida in January. Noah Schwartz topped a field of six players, the smallest field ever of the Alpha 8, to win the Florida $100,000 Super High Roller for $585,000.

The Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event starts Dec. 14 at noon and features a $10,400 buy-in. The six-day event will culminate with the filming of the final table on Dec. 19 at 4 p.m.

Discounted hotel rates are available at the Bellagio for the duration of the series. Rates are $139 plus $29 daily resort fee and tax Sunday-Thursday. Rates for Friday and Saturday are $189 plus $29 daily resort fee and tax. Players must present tournament receipt to obtain the discounted rates.

The Bellagio poker room features non-stop poker action year round on its 40 tables. Bellagio is home to the legendary Bobby’s Room, named in honor of 1978 WSOP Poker Champion and MGM Resorts International executive Bobby Baldwin. Bobby’s Room hosts some of the highest stake card games in the world, where any player can join the “big game” for a $20,000 minimum buy-in.

Patricia Chavira is a freelance writer and social media consultant specializing in gaming. She has played poker professionally for over 10 years. Email: [email protected]

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