World Poker Tour Releases Full Schedule for Season XV

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The World Poker Tour has released its schedule for Season XV, featuring 20 Main Tour events and a reprisal of the Tournament of Champions to end the season. The venerable tour is also introducing a new way to qualify for its prestigious events, the WPT Passport.

Last season, the WPT featured 21 main festivals with over $50 million in prizes. Gone from the schedule are both the WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic and WPT Vienna, but a new stop has been added with the WPT Caribbean taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic in November.

"Hard Rock is one of the most globally recognizable brands and is synonymous with delivering a first-class experience," VP of Global Tour Management for WPT Angelica Hael shared when WPT announced the schedule. "We are proud to partner with Hard Rock and partypoker to host partypoker WPT Caribbean, and to add this tropical destination to the Season XV WPT Main Tour schedule."

Additionally, WPT and partypoker have partnered to launch the WPT Passport, which provide additional flexibility to players looking to qualify into WPT Main Tour events via online qualifiers. Each day, the online poker room will be hosting WPT Passport super satellites that feed into a $530 WPT Passport satellite where at least one package valued at $5,000 is guaranteed. Winning players will then have up to 12 months to decide which WPT Main Tour event they wish to use the package for.

"With 12,000 entries in Season XIV, the World Poker Tour and its outstanding casino partners generated more than $50 million in combined prize pools," said Adam Pliska, President and CEO of the WPT. "Following the overwhelmingly positive response from members of the WPT Champions Club, we are delighted to announce the return of the WPT Tournament of Champions in Season XV, and launch new initiatives like the partypoker WPT Passport as we continue to enhance the WPT experience for both professionals and casual players around the globe."

EventMain Event DatesVenueBuy-In Canadian Spring ChampionshipApril 29 - May 5, 2016Playground Poker ClubCA$3,500
WPT AmsterdamMay 10-14, 2016Holland Casino€3,300
WPT ChoctawJuly 29 - Aug. 2, 2016Choctaw Casino Resort$3,700
WPT Legends of PokerAug. 27 - Sept. 1, 2016Bicycle Hotel & Casino$4,000
WPT Borgata Poker OpenSept. 18-23, 2016Borgata$3,500
WPT Maryland Live!Oct. 1-5, 2016Maryland Live!$3,500
WPT bestbet Bounty ScrambleOct. 14-18, 2016bestbet Jacksonville$5,000
partypoker WPT UK*Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2016Dusk Till Dawn£2,200 WPT Montreal*Nov. 11-17, 2016Playground Poker ClubCA$3,850
partypoker WPT CaribbeanNov. 19-23, 2016Hard Rock Punta Cana$5,000
partypoker WPT Prague*Dec. 3-7, 2016King's Casino€3,300
WPT Five Diamond World Poker ClassicDec. 5-10, 2016Bellagio$10,400
WPT Borgata Winter Poker OpenJan. 29 - Feb. 3, 2017Borgata$3,500
WPT Fallsview Poker Classic*Feb. 22-24, 2017Fallsview Casino ResortCA$5,000
WPT L.A. Poker ClassicFeb. 27 - March 2, 2017Commerce Casino$10,000
WPT Bay 101 Shooting StarMarch 6-10, 2017Bay 101 Casino$7,500
WPT Rolling ThunderMarch 11-15, 2017Thunder Valley Casino Resort$3,500
Seminole Hard Rock Poker ShowdownMarch 31 - April 5, 2017Seminole Hard Rock$3,500
Seminole Hard Rock Poker FinaleApril 2-6, 2017Seminole Hard Rock$10,000
WPT Tournament of ChampionsApril 7-9, 2017Seminole Hard Rock$15,000

*Eligible for WPT Passport winners.

Season XV is already underway, with a pair of events in the books: Canadian Spring Championship and WPT Amsterdam, crowning Seth Davies and Andjelko Andrejevic, respectively, as the first WPT champs of the season. Read about Davies' win here and Andrejevic's win here.

Those two have earned seats into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions, which will be making its return after a successful debut to end Season XIV, where Farid Yachou completed a storybook ending to his Cinderella story. Once again, the Tournament of Champions will run at Seminole Hard Rock in Florida on the heels of a pair of WPT events, the $3,500 SHR Poker Showdown and the $10,000 SHR Poker Finale.

Other bedrocks of the tour making their return include the Five Diamond World Poker Classic in December at Bellagio, the L.A. Poker Classic starting in February 2017 at Commerce, and Bay 101 Shooter Star in March 2017 at Bay 101.

*Photo courtesy of the WPT.

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