Two weeks of live streams
The World Poker Tour has announced the live streaming schedule for the upcoming WPT World Championship. Starting December 7, viewers will get 14 days of streams, the first half of which are mostly cash games, with the back end leaning heavily on the headline WPT World Championship tournament.
“We developed a comprehensive livestream schedule in order to bring global viewers as much unique content as possible during the entire WPT World Championship festival,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska in a press release. “There will be plenty of must-watch poker to catch during our cash game and final table streams, including the crowning of the ultimate winner of the $40 million guaranteed World Championship.”
The first broadcast will be for the $25/$50 Creator Cash Game, featuring poker content creators including Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen, from 4:00pm to 10:00pm PT. The Ladies Championship Final Table will be showcased on December 8, followed by two days of the High Stakes Cash Game December 9 and 10.
Three of the next four days (there is no stream December 13) are cash games: Pot-Limit Omaha on December 11, Ladies Cash Game on December 14, and the Million Dollar Cash Game on December 15. Sandwiched in between is Day 3 of the Prime Championship on December 12.
From there, the daily live streams are mostly of the WPT World Championship, with Days 2-6 streaming December 16-20 and the final table streaming on December 21. Some of the days double-up with other events. The WPT x Daniel Arsham Celebrity Invitational is streaming on December 18, the Prime Championship final table is on December 19, and The Big One for One Drop final table is on December 20.
Building off of success
The return of the WPT World Championship was announced this past March, and why wouldn’t it have? It was an absolute smash hit last year. The WPT World Championship did exist before 2022, but it hadn’t been played since 2017, when it had a $25,000 buy-in.
The tournament was reborn last year with a $10,000 (+400) buy-in and a record-breaking $15 million guaranteed prize pool. It was a risky gambit, but it paid off in spades (pun intended). 2,960 registered for the tourney, generating a $29,008,000 prize pool. First prize was $4,136,000, which went to Eliot Hudon.
Because of the rousing success of the event – and the rave reviews it drew – the World Poker Tour is really going for it this year. The guaranteed prize pool is up to an insane $40 million, which means, as fantastic as the turnout was last year, it needs to be a lot stronger this year for the World Poker Tour to avoid an overlay.
The WPT World Championship festival as a whole begins November 29, while the Championship tournament itself begins December 12.