The first-ever WPT Main Tour online event in New Jersey has just been announced by the World Poker Tour (WPT) and will run from the December 27 to 29. The $3,500 WPT Online Poker Main Event is coming off the back of two successful series previously held in New Jersey. It will be held on the partypoker US Network and comes with a $1 million guarantee.
Ray Stefanelli, the director of poker for partypoker US Network, has stated that the opportunity to conduct the first-ever WPT Main Tour online event in the US reinforces the partnership between WPT and party poker US.
WPT Raising the Stakes in New Jersey
The Covid-19 outbreak has forced major live poker tours to move online, which is why we are about to experience the first US-based Main Tour Event. As a result of the considerable growth in online poker in the US and around the world, WPT and partypoker held its first New Jersey event in June. It featured a $400 buy-in and attracted 868 entries for a $317,540 prize pool. New Jersey grinder, David Coleman, won the tournament and eventually went home with $56,586 prize money.
Both companies teamed up again in September to host the Online Borgata. This time, the series featured a $1,060 Main Event, attracting 440 entries with a total prize pool of $432,700. Tony Sinishtaj was victories in this series and claimed $77,350 prize-money.
The first WPT Main Tour online event set to hold late in December will carry a guarantee of $1 million. Also, action from the final table will be on the 29th of December and can be streamed online live.
Benefits for the Winner
You would think that a $1 million guarantee sounds enticing enough; however, those at party poker and WPT wants to offer more. Firstly, the winner will get their name on the prestigious Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup. Also, players will have the opportunity to join the World Poker Tour Champions Club.
Furthermore, the winner will be awarded a $15,000 seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions presented by Baccarat Crystal. For the Hublot Player of the Year race, the winner will receive points as he/she also goes home with a Hublot Big Bang E Titanium watch.
To feature in this tournament, you must live in New Jersey. Entering this tournament when not physically located in the state is impossible. That said, you are not limited to using the service of only partypoker New Jersey. The partypoker US Network also houses BorgataPoker.com and BetMGMPoker.com. Both of these poker sites are also available to players in New Jersey who are willing to participate in the tournament. That said, you do not have to create a new account with partypoker if you have an existing account with either of those sites.
WPT has advised players to start making their deposits for the $3,500 ahead of time just in case. You can make these deposits from anywhere in the country to accommodate those that are traveling. However, if you are not within the borders of the Garden State, you will not be able to participate on the event days.