World Poker Tour

The World Poker Tour (WPT) is an internationally televised gaming and entertainment brand. Since 2002, the World Poker Tour has operated a series of international poker tournaments and associated television series broadcasting playdown and the final table of each tournament.

World Poker Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event World Poker Tour season 19 results
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FoundedMay 27, 2002
CEOAdam Pliska
Country United States (Founded)
Most titlesUnited States Darren Elias (4)
TV partner(s)Bally Sports, BT Sport (UK)

The most prominent of World Poker Tour events belong to the WPT Main Tour. The WPT Main Tour focuses on the buy-in range of $3,500-$25,000, and winners of official WPT Main Tour events are awarded a membership to the WPT Champions Club. The WPT Champions Cup is the trophy awarded to all winners of WPT Main Tour events, and champions have their names engraved on the Cup.


The World Poker Tour was started in 2002 in the United States by attorney/television producer Steven Lipscomb, who served as CEO of WPT Enterprises, Inc. (WPTE).

In November 2009, PartyGaming announced its acquisition of the World Poker Tour for $12.3 million.[1] In 2011, PartyGaming merged with bwin to form bwin.Party Digital Entertainment.

In December 2014, World Poker Tour announced an alliance with Ourgame, agreeing to license products and services on an exclusive basis in more than a dozen countries across Asia. In addition, Ourgame received the rights to use the WPT logo and trademark exclusively in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Korea, Nepal, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam and operate on[2]

In June 2015, The World Poker Tour (WPT) announced that sold the company to Ourgame International Holdings Ltd. for a price of $35 million in cash.[3]

In 2021 the World Poker Tour was sold to Element Partners for $105 million.[4]


The year-round WPT television show has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 18th season, which airs on Fox Sports Regional Networks in the United States. In August 2016, the World Poker Tour and Fox Sports announced a five-year deal to see Fox Sports broadcast the WPT through Season 19.[5]

The WPT television show currently features commentary and analysis by Tony Dunst and Vince Van Patten. Dunst joined the World Poker Tour as host of the WPT Raw Deal during Season 9 after winning the role through an open casting competition. Following the retirement of Mike Sexton[6] from the WPT commentary booth after 15 years, Dunst was elevated into the role alongside Van Patten.

Joining Dunst and Van Patten for all WPT televised broadcasts is anchor Lynn Gilmartin. Gilmartin's role focuses on hosting and presenting the show, as well as offering intimate interviews and sideline reporting. Gilmartin assumed the anchor role for Season 12[7] and remains the current anchor.

Prior to Gilmartin, Shana Hiatt served as the show host and sideline reporter in its first three seasons. Courtney Friel took over the host role for the fourth season, and Sabina Gadecki for the fifth. Layla Kayleigh and Kimberly Lansing began serving as hostesses in Season VI. Poker player and reporter Amanda Leatherman was the host for Season VII while Lansing was on maternity leave. Lansing returned as the anchor for Season 9 through 11.

The first season aired on the Travel Channel on American cable television in the spring of 2003. The show made its network debut on February 1, 2004, on NBC with a special "Battle of Champions" tournament, which aired against CBS coverage of the Super Bowl XXXVIII pre-game show. The Travel Channel aired the first five seasons of the Tour. In April 2007, WPTE announced that the series would move to GSN for its sixth season in the spring of 2008.[8] 'The first WPT tournament to air on GSN, the Mirage Poker Showdown, debuted on March 24, 2008. In July 2008, WPTE announced that the series would move to Fox Sports Regional Networks for its seventh season.

Following the November 2009 acquisition of the World Poker Tour by PartyGaming plc, the new owners added a second series of televised WPT events under their PartyPoker brand name. This series has, to date, focused on televising the European stops of the WPT. Mike Sexton continues to provide commentary, though he is partnered with Denmark-based American commentator Jesse May rather than Vince Van Patten. The role of female show host and sideline reporter has been served by a number of personalities, often from the country where the event is held. One exception is Canadian born poker player Kara Scott, who has served as host for a number of the PartyPoker branded telecasts of these European WPT events.[9]

The show's hosts, Tony Dunst and Vince Van Patten, sit at a booth near the final table, providing commentary and occasionally interacting with the players during the game. However, their specific comments about hole cards are recorded after the tournament takes place because gaming regulations prohibit them from observing a live feed of the "hole card cameras" while on the set. These cameras, built into the table, allow viewers to see the face-down hole cards dealt to each player.

In 2014, the World Poker Tour launched a high roller tournament series, WPT Alpha8, broadcasting on Fox Sports 1. The series originally featured commentary and analysis by Ali Nejad and Olivier Busquet, with Gilmartin serving as anchor. In later seasons, Vince Van Patten and Tony Dunst replaced Nejad and Busquet, while Lynn Gilmartin continued to serve as anchor.

The first three seasons of WPT are available on NTSC DVD.

In February 2019, WPT announced a deal with BT Sport to broadcast season XV of WPT. The deal expands WPT coverage to the UK and Ireland. During season XV, former WPT television commentator Mike Sexton won his first WPT event.[10]

In March 2019, WPT announced a deal with TV Azteca to bring WPT assets to Latin America.[11]

Professional Poker TourEdit

A series of spin-off tournaments, titled the Professional Poker Tour, began filming in 2004. Broadcast of the series was delayed, which was partly due to a dispute with the Travel Channel over rights. In the fall of 2005, WPTE announced that "a cable channel" (believed to be ESPN) had withdrawn from bidding for the PPT series, and that WPTE was negotiating with the Travel Channel to air the series. On January 30, 2006, WPTE and the Travel Channel announced that they had dismissed all open lawsuits. The series began regular broadcast July 5, 2006, but was suspended after one season as WPTE couldn't find a television home for a second season.


In 2008, the WPT launched a new product called ClubWPT. It is a subscription-based club where members can pay a monthly fee to play in tournaments that award over $100,000 in cash and prizes each month.[12]


In 2016, WPT launched a new social casino platform called PlayWPT, offering poker and slots.[13]

With PlayWPT Poker, players can participate in ring games, tournaments, and sit-n-gos, and players can represent themselves at the table with avatars animated emojis. PlayWPT is available on desktop and mobile.[14]

Sherman Act lawsuitEdit

In July 2006, seven poker professionals sued WPTE, alleging violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act, the California Cartwright Act, and intentional interference with contract. The professionals (Chris Ferguson, Andy Bloch, Annie Duke, Joe Hachem, Phil Gordon, Howard Lederer, and Greg Raymer) alleged that WPTE's standard release forms, required for participation in WPTE events, were anti-competitive and designed to interfere with their contractual obligations to other companies. The anti-competition claim was based on the fact that WPTE's contracts with the casinos that host its tournaments barred those casinos (and other casinos owned by the same parent companies) from hosting non-WPTE poker events. The claim of interference with contract was based on the releases' claim to perpetual rights to the players' likenesses for any use WPTE wished. The players claimed that this would put them in violation of other contracts (such as Ferguson's Activision Games contract or several players' contracts with online poker sites).[15]

Hachem and Raymer dropped out of the lawsuit before its eventual settlement.

In April 2008, WPT Enterprises, Inc. settled with the five players remaining in the lawsuit. Chris Ferguson said about the settlement, "We are happy to have come to an agreement that is fair to all players, and to have put in place a new release that clears up ambiguities in how players' images may be used. We are especially happy that this new release will apply to all poker players who wish to participate in WPT tournaments and events."[16]

WPT Player of the YearEdit

While the winner of the season-ending WPT World Championship (simply the WPT Championship before season 9) is deemed that season's WPT Champion, the WPT also determines a Player of the Year to recognize the player who achieves consistent high finishes in WPT events throughout the entire season.

The Player of the Year is determined by a points system, with the player who earns the most points each season being named the WPT Player of the Year. The season-ending WPT World Championship is a points-earning event for the Player of the Year calculation.

Through the end of Season 9, no player has been named WPT Player of the Year and also captured the WPT Championship. The closest to date is Season 7 WPT Player of the Year Bertrand Grospellier, who finished 3rd in that season's WPT Championship.

In the first eight seasons of the World Poker Tour, only four players have finished in the money at least once. These players are Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, Mark Seif, and Surinder Sunar.

Season Years WPT Player of the Year Wins
1 2002–2003   Howard Lederer 2
2 2003–2004   Erick Lindgren 2
3 2004–2005   Daniel Negreanu 2
4 2005–2006   Gavin Smith 1
5 2006–2007   J. C. Tran 1
6 2007–2008   Jonathan Little 1
7 2008–2009   Bertrand Grospellier 1
8 2009–2010   Faraz Jaka 0
9 2010–2011   Andy Frankenberger 1
10 2011–2012   Joe Serock 0
11 2012–2013   Matthew Salsberg 1
12 2013–2014   Mukul Pahuja 0
13 2014–2015   Anthony Zinno 2
14 2015–2016   Mike Shariati 1
15 2016–2017   Benjamin Zamani 0
16 2017–2018   Art Papazyan 2
17 2018–2019   Erkut Yilmaz 2
18 2019–2021   Brian Altman 1
19 2021–2022   Jake Ferro 1

Points systemEdit

During the first 8 seasons, only the 6 players at the final table in each Open event, plus the last (7th) player eliminated before the final table, earned points as follows:

  • Winner: 1,000 points
  • Runner-up: 700 points
  • 3rd place: 600 points
  • 4th place: 500 points
  • 5th place: 400 points
  • 6th place: 300 points
  • 7th place: 200 points (television final table bubble)

Starting with season 9, the points system was adjusted to recognize the number of entries and the size of the prize pool for each event:[17]

  • Generally, 10% of the participants in each event will finish in the money (ITM), so the system now gives Player of the Year points to all ITM players.
  • The maximum number of points awarded to the event winner are now scaled to the size of the prize pool, with 600 points to the winner of an event with a prize pool smaller than $500,000 and 1400 points to the winner of an event with a prize pool larger than $4,000,000. The season-ending WPT World Championship, no matter the prize pool, also starts at 1400 points to the winner.
  • The system still operates on a descending scale, though the scale provides a minimum of 50 points to all the 'bottom' ITM players in any event.

WPT Main Event winnersEdit

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event winner.
Winner of poker's Triple Crown.
Season Years Date Event Location Main Event winner Prize
1 2002–2003 27 May–1 June 2002 Five Diamond World Poker Classic   Bellagio, Paradise   Gus Hansen $556,460
30–31 August 2002 Legends of Poker   Bicycle Casino, Los Angeles   Chris Karagulleyan $258,000
9 October 2002 Ultimate Poker Classic   Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino, Palm Beach   Juha Helppi $50.000
19 October 2002 Costa Rica Classic   Casinos Europa, San José   Jose Rosenkrantz $108,730
10–11 November 2002 Gold Rush   Lucky Chances Casino, Colma   Paul Darden $146,000
14–17 November 2002 World Poker Finals   Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket   Howard Lederer $320,400
28–31 January 2003 World Poker Open   Binion's Horseshoe, Tunica   Dave Ulliott $589,175
12–15 February 2003 Euro Finals of Poker   Aviation Club de France, Paris   Christer Johansson $538,213 (€500,000)
21–24 February 2003 L.A. Poker Classic   Commerce Casino, Los Angeles   Gus Hansen (2) $532,490
6 March 2003 Party Poker Million   ?   Howard Lederer (2) $289,150
31 March–2 April 2003 World Poker Challenge   Reno Hilton, Reno   Ron Rose $168,298
14–18 April 2003 WPT Championship   Bellagio, Paradise   Alan Goehring $1,011,886
2 2003–2004 10–13 July 2003 Grand Prix de Paris   Aviation Club de France, Paris   David Benyamine $410,886 (€357,200)
1–3 September 2003 Legends of Poker   Bicycle Casino, Los Angeles   Mel Judah $579,375
20–22 September 2003 Borgata Poker Open   Borgata, Atlantic City   Noli Francisco $470,000
18 October 2003 Ultimate Poker Classic   Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino, Palm Beach   Erick Lindgren $500,000
14–17 November 2003 World Poker Finals   Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket   Hoyt Corkins $1,089,200
15–18 December 2003 Five Diamond World Poker Classic   Bellagio, Paradise   Paul Phillips $1,101,908
25 January 2004 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure   Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas   Gus Hansen (3) $455,780
26–29 January 2004 World Poker Open   Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, Tunica   Barry Greenstein $1,278,370
21–24 February 2004 L.A. Poker Classic   Commerce Casino, Los Angeles   Antonio Esfandiari $1,399,135
3–5 March 2004 Bay 101 Shooting Star   Bay 101, San José   Phil Gordon $360,000
18 March 2004 Party Poker Million   ?   Erick Lindgren (2) $1,000,000
30 March–1 April 2004 World Poker Challenge   Reno Hilton, Reno   Mike Kinney $629,469
19–23 April 2004 WPT Championship   Bellagio, Paradise   Martin de Knijff $2,728,356
3 2004–2005 17-20 July 2004 Grand Prix De Paris   Aviation Club de France, Paris   Surinder Sunar $828,956 (€679,860)
29 July-1 August 2004 Mirage Poker Showdown   The Mirage, Las Vegas   Eli Elezra $1,024,574
28-31 August 2004 Legends of Poker   Bicycle Casino, Las Vegas   Doyle Brunson $1,198,260
19-22 September 2004 Borgata Poker Open   Borgata, Atlantic City   Daniel Negreanu $1,117,400
26 September-1 October 2004 Aruba Poker Classic   Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino, Palm Beach   Eric Brenes $1,000,000
19-22 October 2004 Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship   Bellagio, Paradise   Carlos Mortensen $1,000,000
13-17 November 2004 Foxwood World Poker Finals   Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket   Tuan Le $1,549,588
14-18 December 2004 Five Diamond Poker Classic   Bellagio, Paradise   Daniel Negreanu (2) $1,770,218
5-12 January 2005 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure   Atlantis Casino and Resort, Paradise Island   John Gale $890,000
24-27 January 2005 World Poker Open   Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, Tunica   Johnny Stolzmann $1,491,444
18-22 February 2005 L.A. Poker Classic   Commerce Casino, Los Angeles   Michael Mizrachi $1,859,909
7-11 March 2005 Bay 101 Shooting Star   Bay 101, San José   Alex Brenes $100,000
19-26 March 2005 Cruisin' Mexico with Party Poker Million     Danny Nguyen $1,025,000
Party Poker Million   ?   Michael Gracz $1,525,500
29 March-1 April 2005 World Poker Challenge     Arnold Spee $633,880
18-24 April 2005 World Championship   Bellagio, Paradise   Tuan Le (2) $2,856,150
4 2005–2006 23-26 May 2005 Mirage Poker Showdown   The Mirage, Las Vegas   Gavin Smith $1,153,778
25-29 July 2005 Grand Prix De Paris   Aviation Club de France, Paris   Roland De Wolfe $574,419 (€479,680)
27-31 August 2005 The Bicycle Casino Legends of Poker   Bicycle Casino, Las Vegas   Alex Kahaner $1,150,900
19-22 September 2005 Borgata Poker Open   Borgata, Atlantic City   Al Ardebili $1,498,650
26 September-3 October 2005 Aruba Poker Classic   Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino, Palm Beach   Freddy Deeb $1,000,000
18-21 October 2005 Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship   Bellagio, Paradise   Minh Ly $1,060,050
13-18 November 2005 World Poker Finals   Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket   Nick Schulman $2,167,500
12-16 December 2005 Five Diamond Poker Classic   Bellagio, Paradise   Rehne Pedersen $2,078,185
5-10 January 2006 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure   Atlantis Casino and Resort, Paradise Island   Steve Paul-Ambrose $1,388,600
19-23 January 2006 World Poker Open   Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, Tunica   Scotty Nguyen $969,421
29 January-1 February 2006 Borgata Poker Classic   Borgata, Atlantic City   Michael Mizrachi (2) $1,173,373
16-21 February 2006 L.A. Poker Classic   Commerce Casino, Los Angeles   Alan Goehring (2) $2,391,550
22-24 February 2006 WPT Celebrity Invitational   Commerce Casino, Los Angeles   Barry Greenstein (2) $100,000
10-14 March 2006 Bay 101 Shooting Star   Bay 101, San José   Nam Le $1,198,300
27-30 March 2006 World Poker Challenge     Mike Simon $1,052,890
6-9 April 2006 Foxwoods Poker Classic   Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket   Victor Ramdin $1,331,889
18-24 April 2006 World Championship   Bellagio, Paradise   Joe Bartholdi Jr. $3,760,165
5 2006–2007 14-17 May 2006 Mirage Poker Showdown   The Mirage, Las Vegas   Stanley Weiss $1,320,255
4-8 June 2006 Mandalay Bay Poker Championship     Joseph Tehan $1,033,440
12-16 June 2006 Grand Prix De Paris   Aviation Club de France, Paris   Christian Grundtvig $907,066 (€712,500)
26-30 August 2006 Bicycle Casino Legends of Poker   Bicycle Casino, Los Angeles   Joe Pelton $1,602,670
15-19 September 2006 Borgata Poker Open   Borgata, Atlantic City   Mark Newhouse $1,519,020
16-20 October 2006 Festa Al Lago   Bellagio, Paradise   Andreas Walnum $1,090,025
    Scott Clements $222,524 (C$250,027)
25-29 October 2006 North American Poker Championship     Soren Turkewitsch $1,225,920 (C$1,380,378)
12-16 November 2006 World Poker Finals     Nenad Medić $1,717,194
14-19 December 2006 Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic   Bellagio, Paradise   Joe Hachem $2,207,575
5-10 January 2007 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure   Atlantis Casino and Resort, Paradise Island   Ryan Daut $1,535,255
21-25 January 2007 World Poker Open   Binion's Horseshoe, Tunica   Bryan Sumner $913,986
26-30 January 2007 Borgata Poker Classic   Borgata, Atlantic City   John Hennigan $1,606,223
24 February-1 March 2007 L.A. Poker Classic   Commerce Casino, Los Angeles   Eric Hershler $2,429,970
3-5 March 2007 Celebrity Invitational   Commerce Casino, Los Angeles   Adam Weinraub $125,000
12-16 March 2007 Bay 101 Shooting Star   Bay 101, San José   Ted Forrest $1,100,000
25-28 March 2007 World Poker Challenge     J. C. Tran $683,473
    Raj Patel $1,298,405
    Carlos Mortensen (2) $3,970,415
6 2007–2008     Jonathan Little $1,091,295
    Shawn Buchanan $768,775
    Kevin Saul $1,342,320
    Dan Harrington $1,599,865
    Bill Edler $747,615
    Roy Winston $1,575,280
    Rhynie Campbell $436,675
    Markus Lehmann $789,592 (€537,000)
    Scott Clements (2) $1,505,312 (C$1,456,585)
    Mike Vela $1,704,986
    Eugene Katchalov $2,482,605
    Brett Faustman $892,413
    Gavin Griffin $1,401,109
    Phil Ivey $1,596,100
    Van Nguyen $125,500
    Brandon Cantu $1,000,000
    Lee Markholt $493,815
    Erik Seidel $992,890
    David Chiu $3,389,140
7 2008–2009     Casper Hansen $662,592 (€425,000)
    Mike Watson $1,673,770
    John Phan $1,116,428
    Vivek Rajkumar $1,424,500
    Glen Witmer $1,084,256 (C$1,250,352)
    Bertrand Grospellier $1,411,015
    Jonathan Little (2) $1,120,310
    David Rheem $1,538,730
    Allen Carter $1,025,500
    Cornel Andrew Cimpan $1,686,760
    Freddy Deeb (2) $100,000
    Steve Brecher $1,025,500
    Vadim Trincher $731,079
    Yevgeniy Timoshenko $2,143,655
8 2009–2010     Sven-Ragnar Arstrom $532,388
    Mark Flowers $388,453
    Alexandre Gomes $1,187,670
    Prahlad Friedman $1,009,000
    Richard Toth $148,756 (€104,000)
    Thomas Bichon $579,165
    Olivier Busquet $925,514
    Christophe Savary $558,515 (€377,262)
    Tommy Vedes $1,218,225
    Cornel Andrew Cimpan (2) $910,058
    Daniel Alaei $1,428,430
    Hoyt Corkins (2) $739,486
    Leron Washington $100,000
    Andras Koroknai $1,788,001
    McLean Karr $878,500
    Carlos Mortensen (3) $391,212
    Guillaume Darcourt $195,244 (€144,530)
    David Williams $1,530,537
9 2010–2011     Theo Jørgensen $
    Ali Tekintamgac $
    Moritz Kranich $
    Andy Frankenberger $
    Jake Cody $
    Dwyte Pilgrim $
    Randal Flowers $
    Jeff Forrest $
    Sam El Sayed $
    Sébastian Homann $
    Antonio Esfandiari (2) $
    Alexander Kuzmin $
    Alessio Isaia $
    Davidi Kitai $
    Gregory Brooks $
    Alan Sternberg $
    Dmitry Gromov $
    Roberto Romanello $
    Mike Scarborough $
    Taylor von Kriegenbergh $
    Scott Seiver $
10 2011–2012     Lukas Berglund $
    Miha Travnik $
    Will Failla $
    Matthew Waxman $
    Bobby Oboodi $
    Matt Giannetti $
    Daniel Santoro $
    Adrien Allain $
    Anthony Ruberto $
    Mohamed Ali Houssam $
    Andrey Pateychuk $
    James Dempsey $
    Edoardo Alescio $
    David Shallow $
    Rinat Bogdanov $
    Matt Juttelstad $
    Sean Jazayeri $
    Moon Kim $
    Morten Christensen $
    Tommy Vedes (2) $
    Shawn Cunix $
    Marvin Rettenmaier $
11 2012–2013     Marvin Rettenmaier (2) $
    Anthony Gregg $
    Josh Hale $
    Matthew Salsberg $
    Yorane Kerignard $
    Ben Hamnett $
    Dominik Nitsche $
    Noah Schwartz $
    Emil Olsson $
    Jonathan Roy $
    Giacomo Fundaro $
    Marcin Wydrowski $
    Ravi Raghavan $
    Andy Hwang $
    Matt Giannetti (2) $
    Vladimir Bozinovic $
    Paul Klann $
    WeiKai Chang $
    Rocco Palumbo $
    Chanracy Khun $
    Kevin Eyster $
    Mike Linster $
    Amir Babakhani $
    David Rheem (2) $
12 2013–2014     Alexey Rybin $
    Jordan Cristos $
    Anthony Zinno $
    Mohsin Charania $
    Daniel Brits $
    Jared Jaffee $
    Tony Dunst $
    Derrick Rosenbarger $
    Dan Smith $
    Masato Yokosawa $
    Julian Thomas $
    Anthony Merulla $
    James Calderaro $
    Matthew Lapossie $
    Chris Moorman $
    James Carroll $
    Andrea Dato $
    J. C. Tran (2) $
    Nabil Hirezi $
    Eric Afriat $
    Keven Stammen $
13 2014–2015     Sean Yu $
    Harry Arutyunyan $
    Alexander Lakhov $
    Darren Elias $
    Darren Elias (2) $
    Ryan Van Sanford $
    Eleanor Gudger $
    Dylan Wilkerson $
    Matas Cimbolas $
    Jonathan Jaffe $
    Mohsin Charania (2) $
    Aaron Mermelstein $
    Brian Altman $
    Anthony Zinno (2) $
    Anthony Zinno (3) $
    Taylor Paur $
    Konstantinos Nanos $
    Ravee Mathi Sundar $
    Griffin Paul $
    Asher Conniff $
14 2015–2016     Sheraz Nasir $
    Farid Yachou $
    Jason Brin $
    Mike Shariati $
    David Paredes $
    Aaron Mermelstein (2) $
    Ben Cade $
    Iaron Lightbourne $
    Tyler Patterson $
    Jared Mahoney $
    Javier Gomez $
    Kevin Eyster (2) $
    Christopher Leong $
    David Ormsby $
    Dietrich Fast $
    Stefan Schillhabel $
    Harrison Gimbel $
    Vlad Darie $
    Justin Young $
    David Rheem (3) $
    Farid Yachou (2) $
15 2016–2017     Seth Davies $
    Andjelko Andrejevic $
    James Mackey $
    Pat Lyons $
    Jesse Sylvia $
    Zachary Smiley $
    Sam Panzica $
    Luis Rodriguez Cruz $
    Mike Sexton $
    Niall Farrell $
    Oleg Vasylchenko $
    James Romero $
    Daniel Weinman $
    Ema Zajmovic $
    Darren Elias (3) $
    Daniel Strelitz $
    Sam Panzica (2) $
    Mike Del Vecchio $
    Tony Sinishtaj $
    Ryan Riess $
    Daniel Weinman (2) $
16 2017–2018     Pete Chen $
    Daniel Daniyar $
    Jay Lee $
    Art Papazyan $
    Guo Liang Chen $
    Art Papazyan (2) $
    Paul Petraglia $
    Maxime Heroux $
    Ryan Tosoc $
    Ole Schemion $
    Darryll Fish $
    Eric Afriat (2) $
    Mike Leah $
    Dennis Blieden $
    David Larson $
    Scott Margereson $
    Rens Feenstra $
    Larry Greenberg $
    Darren Elias (4) $
    Matthew Waxman (2) $
17 2018–2019     Simon Lam $
    Brady Holiman $
    Erkut Yilmaz $
    Tony Ruberto $
    Tony Tran $
    Patrick Serda $
    Pavel Plesuv $
    Dylan Linde $
    Frank Stepuchin $
    Denys Shafikov $
    Vinicius Lima $
    Demo Kiriopoulos $
    David "ODB" Baker $
    Erkut Yilmaz (2) $
    Vitalijs Zavorotnijs $
    Ben Palmer $
    James Carroll (2) $
    Craig Varnell $
    Matthew Wantman $
    Ole Schemion (2) $
18 2019–2021     Roger Teska $
    Aaron Van Blarcum $
    Donald Maloney $
    Nitis Udornpim $
    Simon Brändström $
    Josh Adkins $
    Geoffrey Hum $
    Milen Stefanov $
    Alex Foxen $
    Markus Gonsalves $
    Brian Altman (2) $
    Aleksey Badulin $
    Veerab Zakarian $
    Christopher Puetz $
    Eric Afriat (3) $
    Balakrishna Patur $
    Tony Tran (2) $
    Christian Jeppsson $
    Gavin Cochrane $
    Nick Petrangelo $
    Daniel Smyth $
    Andrey Kotelnikov $
    Phillip Mighall $
    Soheb Porbandarwala $
    Jack Hardcastle $
    Ilyas Muradi $
    Maksim Sekretarev $
    Qing Liu $
    Brek Schutten $
19 2021–2022     Christian Rudolph $
    Brian Altman (3) $
    Chad Eveslage $
    Adedapo Ajayi $


Information correct as of ...?[citation needed]

Rank Name Titles
1   Darren Elias 4
2   Eric Afriat 3
  Brian Altman
  Gus Hansen
  Carlos Mortensen
  David Rheem
  Anthony Zinno
Final tables
Rank Name Final tables
1   Darren Elias 12
2   Phil Ivey 9
3   Scotty Nguyen 8
4   Eric Afriat 7
  Gus Hansen
  Michael Mizrachi
  Daniel Negreanu
  David Pham
  J.C. Tran
  Anthony Zinno
Money finishes
Rank Name Money finishes
1   Darren Elias 41
2   Anthony Zinno 32
3   Mohsin Charania 31
4   Jared Jaffee 28
  Jonathan Little
  Lee Markholt

Record winningsEdit

The largest win in a WPT event is the $3,970,415 paid to Carlos Mortensen for winning the season-ending WPT Championship for season 5.

Progression of largest winningsEdit

The progression of the "highest payout" through the history of the WPT, starting with the win by Gus Hansen in Event 1 of WPT Season 1. Entries have declined since the poker boom ended, with no increase in "highest payout" for a number of years – the highest has not increased since an event in 2007.

Season Event Winner Prize
1 #1 – Five Diamond World Poker Classic 2002   Gus Hansen $556,480
1 #6 – World Poker Open 2003   Dave Ulliott $589,175
2 #5 – World Poker Finals 2003   Hoyt Corkins $1,089,200
2 #6 – Five Diamond World Poker Classic 2003   Paul Phillips $1,101,980
2 #8 – World Poker Open 2004   Barry Greenstein $1,278,370
2 #9 – LA Poker Classic 2004   Antonio Esfandiari $1,399,135
3 #7 – World Poker Finals 2004   Tuan Le $1,549,588
3 #8 – Five Diamond World Poker Classic 2004   Daniel Negreanu $1,759,218
3 #11 – LA Poker Classic 2005   Michael Mizrachi $1,859,909
4 #7 – World Poker Finals 2005   Nick Schulman $2,142,000
4 #12 – LA Poker Classic 2006   Alan Goehring $2,391,550
5 #14 – LA Poker Classic 2007   Eric Hershler $2,429,970
6 #11 – Doyle Brunson Classic 2007   Eugene Katchalov $2,482,605

WPT World Championship ($25,000 buy-in)Edit

Each WPT season culminates with the $25,000 buy-in WPT World Championship (simply the WPT Championship before season 9). As with regular events, the prize pool has declined since the poker boom ended: participants dropped from a peak of 639 in 2007, to 146 in 2013. The WPT organizers reacted by dropping the buy-in to $15,000 from 2014 onwards, limiting participation to winners of WPT events since the start of the series, and changing the name again, to WPT Tournament of Champions. There has been no increase in "highest payout" since the $3,970,415 at the 2005 World Championship, and the top prize has consistently been under $500,000 since the 2016 World Championship.

Season Event Winner Prize
1 WPT Championship – Season I   Alan Goehring $1,011,866
2 WPT Championship – Season II   Martin de Knijff $2,728,356
3 WPT Championship – Season III   Tuan Le $2,856,150
4 WPT Championship – Season IV   Joe Bartholdi Jr. $3,760,165
5 WPT Championship – Season V   Carlos Mortensen $3,970,415
6 WPT Championship – Season VI   David Chiu $3,389,140
7 WPT Championship – Season VII   Yevgeniy Timoshenko $2,149,960
8 WPT Championship – Season VIII   David Williams $1,530,537
9 WPT World Championship – Season IX   Scott Seiver $1,618,344
10 WPT World Championship – Season X   Marvin Rettenmaier $1,196,858
11 WPT World Championship – Season XI   David Rheem $1,150,279
12 WPT World Championship – Season XII   Keven Stammen $1,350,000
13 WPT World Championship – Season XIII   Asher Conniff $973,683
14 WPT Tournament of Champions – Season XIV   Farid Yachou $381,600
15 WPT Tournament of Champions – Season XV   Daniel Weinman $381,500
16 WPT Tournament of Champions – Season XVI   Matthew Waxman $463,375
17 WPT Tournament of Champions – Season XVII   Ole Schemion $440,395

WPT LadiesEdit

In January 2008, the WPT announced a set of tournaments for women, known as WPT Ladies.[18] The first season had five events, with buy-ins ranging from $300 to $1,500. Nancy Todd finished first in the Ladies Championship with Vanessa Selbst finishing second. There are currently no WPT Ladies events scheduled.

WPT Walk of FameEdit

The World Poker Tour Walk of Fame was designed to honor those poker players who have played the game well at the highest levels as well as those who have promoted the spread of it through film, television, and literature.

The first inductees were poker legends Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen, as well as actor James Garner.[19]

In February 2004, the World Poker Tour Walk of Fame inducted its second members at the Commerce Casino in a ceremony before top pros and celebrities in town for the World Poker Tour Invitational Poker Tournament. The induction ceremony was staged on the doorstep of Commerce Casino.

No new players have been inducted since 2004.[citation needed]

WPT Honors AwardEdit

The WPT Honors Award launched in early 2017, with Ms. Linda Johnson named as the first recipient.[20] Later that year, 15-year WPT commentator Mike Sexton and gaming industry icon Bruno Fitoussi became the second and third honorees.[21] In 2018, Steve Lipscomb and Lyle Berman each received the fourth and fifth honors.[22]

The WPT Honors Award is the WPT's highest honor, awarded to members of the poker industry in celebration and appreciation of exceptional contributions made to the World Poker Tour and the poker community as a whole. Presented as determined by WPT CEO Adam Pliska and the World Poker Tour, the WPT Honors Award is given in recognition to those who distinguish themselves by excellence and dedication beyond expectations.

WPT Honors Award RecipientsEdit


A fictional WPT championship match is the setting for the 2007 feature film Deal. Sexton, Van Patten, and Friel play themselves and a number of other poker professionals and poker-playing celebrities are reportedly in the cast. The WPT set was shipped to New Orleans for filming following the season 4 championship.[citation needed]


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