For the first few months of the year, the World Poker Tour has dominated domestic poker headlines. From an opening event in New Jersey, to a swing through California that crowned three champions and two new victors emerging in Florida, before that New Jersey winner returned to the winner’s circle in the Tournament of Champions.
Safe to say, the WPT has been grinding non-stop through the first quarter of 2017 and even though their Season XV schedule has come to an end, the tour’s partner, WPTDeepStacks is picking up the slack. The premier mid-major poker tour has upcoming stops on both coasts, along with an international event at the beginning of next month.
WPTDeepStacks picks up where the WPT left off on their California Swing, at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. The Northern California room, just over a half-hour from Sacramento, will host a $1,100 buy-in Main Event this weekend, with a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool but that won’t be their last taste of WPT action this year.
The series returns at the end of 2017, when Thunder Valley hosts the WPTDeepStacks Championship. That headlining event has been held in Canada for the past two years but returns stateside in December with a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.
After Thunder Valley, WPTDeepStacks heads across the country to another relatively new WPT stop. Maryland Live! joined the WPT schedule in Season XIV and this year, drew a massive 554 player field. WPTDS will hope to approach that number next weekend and should, thanks to another lofty $300,000 guarantee on their Maryland Live! Main Event.
With massive prize pools and record breaking fields that seemed to occur on a stop-to-stop basis in 2017, it’s been a banner year for the WPT and after officially partnering with WPTDeepStacks in January, it looks like there is no stopping the world’s most recognizable tour from getting even bigger and continuing to fill the tournament calendar.