World Poker Tournament - World Poker Tour

A World Poker Tournament, a weekly event in the World Poker Tour (WPT), brings live poker to its viewers. There are over 100 million poker players in the world and at least five million spectators who watch a world poker tournament on a regular basis. The audience at a world poker tournament is able to see the players' hole cards and emotions, and try to anticipate their next moves through a small web camera in the table. The hosts, Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, of the WPT provide commentary and analysis throughout the televised world poker tournament. Shaina Haitt, a top female professional poker player, familiarizes the audience with poker history and terms, as well as insight into the possible strategy of each player.

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Since the beginning of the World Poker Tour (WPT) in 2003, world poker tournaments have been held in a number of exotic locations and casinos throughout the world, such as the Mirage, the Borgata, and the Bicycle Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, casinos in Paris, Aruba, and the Bahamas, as well as cruise ships and other resorts, have sponsored a world poker tournament. The entry fee for a world poker tournament is usually between $5,000 and $10,000, or less if entering from a satellite casino. Perhaps the most economical way to enter a world poker tournament is through a casino that is sponsoring a satellite tournament. There are a number of such satellite tournaments throughout the country and there is information available online to assist you in locating these tournaments.



The size of the prize pool is determined by the number of entrants into the tournament. Each player is assigned a table and a seat number and is given an equal amount of chips. The rounds of play are timed, and forced bets or "blinds," are increased with each round. The final table of six players, placed in center stage, is filmed with several cameras in full view of the spectators outside the playing area and for the viewers at home. In addition to winning the prize money of a world poker tournament, each winner receives a $25,000 buy-in to the final WPT championship held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Professionals, celebrities, and amateurs have entered and won a world poker tournament. If you haven't entered for a chance to win, turn on the television channel in your area (the Travel Channel in the United States) and experience the excitement of a world poker tournament.

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by Bones McCoy at offshorepokerroom.com on March 18, 2006


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