The World Poker Tour (WPT) on Monday announced it has expanded its tournament schedule beginning next month. And why shouldn’t they? The popularity of poker is at an all-time high.
With the change, players hoping to get a slice of the millions in prize money offered on the tour will have at least one additional opportunity with the addition of The Mirage as a tournament site in July 2004.
This new WPT stop represents an expansion over the tour’s second season in 2003-2004, when the total prize money for the tour reached $35 million. The World Poker Tour airs on The Travel Channel on Wednesday nights.
The upcoming third season of the WPT will once again feature events in Paris and Aruba, two on seagoing cruises, and a stellar lineup of U.S. destinations. The new "The Mirage Poker Showdown" is slated for July 29-August 1, making it the second stop on the schedule.
The tour returns to Las Vegas to cap off the third season with the WPT Championship in April 2005, when the WPT will crown its third world champion. Last year the winner took home $2.7 million.
All WPT tournaments (except for the pro/celebrity invitational) are open to pros and amateurs alike who ante up each tournament’s buy-in or play in satellite tournaments for a chance to win an entry.
By announcing the schedule now, players can begin signing up for satellites offered by the casinos and online poker rooms that host WPT tournaments. Satellite information can be found at worldpokertour.com. More than 4,000 players participated in WPT tournaments last season.
Anyone age 21 or older wishing to play in WPT tournaments should contact the participating casino to obtain information on the buy-in fee and registration deadlines. There’s no limit to who enters a WPT tournament.