In late August, the World Poker Tour (WPT) and partypoker LIVE announced a deal in which the WPT would host as many as seven partypoker LIVE events in Europe and Canada for the next four years. The first confirmed event was WPT Montreal which just recently got underway, but aside from a couple known locations, most events and dates had yet to be settled. Today, the World Poker Tour announced five stops for partypoker LIVE in 2019 beginning in January.
“The World Poker Tour is pleased to add more locations to our growing footprint in Europe and further expand our relationship with partypoker LIVE,” Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour, said. “This partnership’s inclusion of multiple WPT offerings at each festival is a monumental achievement for the WPT toward providing players across the globe with the opportunity to play in World Poker Tour events at all buy-in levels.”
Yup, It’s Definitely Europe and Canada
Russia is the first stop next year of the WPT/partypoker LIVE-branded tour, with WPT Russia being held at Casino Sochi from January 18th through January 27th. The $3,300 buy-in Main Event has a healthy guaranteed prize pool of $1.5 million.
There is nothing in February, so it is on to the Casino Barcelona and WPT Barcelona March 9th through March 17th. A month later, April 6th through April 14th, the popular Dusk Till Dawn poker club in Nottingham, UK, will serve as host to the WPT European Championship. This year’s WPT European Championship took place in Berlin, Germany, this past January, so this is both a change of venue and a shift in the calendar. The guarantee for the Main Event will be £3 million.
In August will be WPT Germany, held at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Yes, I know that it is in the Czech Republic and it is called WPT Germany, but Rozvadov is right on the German border, so it’s ALMOST Germany. I’m not sure why it’s not called WPT Czech Republic, but I suspect it has something to do with marketing, like Germany looks better to potential participants or something. King’s Casino has become one of the focal venues in the poker world; it appears to be the home of the World Series of Poker Europe indefinitely.
To wrap up the five-stop tour, the Playground Poker Club will host WPT Montreal – as it is now – from October 25th through November 3rd.
Both Sochi and Dusk Till Dawn were already revealed in the World Poker Tour’s previous press release about the partypoker LIVE partnership, but we did not know when those stops would take place. Of course, both the WPT and partypoker LIVE have many more stops on their respective tours; these are just the few that are co-branded.
The complete schedule for the announced stops is below:
WPT Russia – Casino Sochi – Sochi, Russia; January 18-27
WPT Barcelona – Casino Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain; March 9-17
WPT European Championship – Dusk Till Dawn – Nottingham, UK; April 6-14
WPT Germany – King’s Casino – Rozvadov, Czech Republic; August 9-19
WPT Montreal – Playground Poker Club – Kahnawake (Montreal), Quebec; Oct 25-Nov 3