WPT Unveils First Half of Season XI Schedule

The final event of the landmark tenth season of the World Poker Tour isn’t quite finished yet, but the WPT is already looking ahead to an even bigger Season XI. Just a couple of days before the start of the WPT Championship at Bellagio, the tour revealed the fall portion of next season’s schedule, which includes some new stops and some old stomping grounds getting bumped from the list of stops.

The past few seasons, the WPT Spanish Championship in Barcelona kicked off the season, but this year, the WPT Merit Cyprus Classic will be doing the honors. The Merit-Grand Casino in Cyprus will serve as the launching point for Season XI with a $4,400 buy-in Main Event. The Cyprus event will feature a re-entry component, as will every event on the Season XI schedule, save for the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio in December.

The Five Diamond is one of several events returning to the schedule, along with the Legends of Poker at the Bike (August 24-29), the Grand Prix de Paris (September 10-15), WPT Malta (September 16-20), the Borgata Poker Open (September 16-21), Jacksonville bestbet Fall Series (November 9-13), and WPT Prague (December 3-9). While those events make a triumphant return, Barcelona and Amneville are off the schedule, as is the Foxwoods World Poker Finals. This is the first time in the tour’s history that the Connecticut casino will not have a WPT stop on the calendar.

The first half of Season XI will feature some new events. Stateside, the East Coasters may not be making a trek to Foxwoods, but they will have a chance to play at the new Parx Open Poker Classic at the Parx Casino near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. That event kicks off the US schedule and will be filmed for television. The new international stops on the tour include a trip to Copenhagen in and Mazagan, Morocco in November. The Mazagan event is replacing the previous Moroccan stop on the schedule, WPT Marrakech.

“World Poker Tour is committed to extending its global reach,” said Steve Heller, WPT CEO. “Not only will Season XI feature new stops in the US and abroad, but World Poker Tour is also widely expanding our Regional and National Series to deliver the WPT experience to as many players and fans as possible.”

The Regional and National schedules are indeed expanding. The first half of the season will feature nine regional events at casinos across the US and four National series tournaments in Madrid, Mazagan, Venice, and Barcelona.

Here is a look at the complete schedule for the first half of Season XI of the World Poker Tour. A detailed schedule can be found on the official WPT site. Televised events are denoted with (TV), while non-televised events are denoted with (NTV):

8/4-8/9: WPT Merit Cyprus Classic (NTV) – $4,400 buy-in w/ re-entry

8/10-8/15: WPT Parx Open Poker Classic (TV) – $3,500 buy-in w/ re-entry

8/24-8/29: Legends of Poker at the Bike (TV) – $3,700 buy-in w/ re-entry

9/10-9/15: WPT Grand Prix de Paris (TV) – €7,500 buy-in w/ re-entry

9/16-9/20: WPT Malta (NTV) – €3,300 buy-in w/ re-entry

9/16-9/21: Borgata Poker Open (TV) – $3,500 buy-in w/ re-entry

11/9-11/13: Jacksonville bestbet Fall Series (NTV) – $3,500 buy-in w/ re-entry

11/12-11/17: WPT Copenhagen (NTV) – 26,250DKK buy-in w/ re-entry

11/26-12/1: WPT Mazagan (NTV) – €3,500 buy-in w/ re-entry

12/3-12/9: WPT Prague (NTV) – €3,300 buy-in (10% withheld) w/ re-entry

12/17-12/22: Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio (TV) – $10,000 buy-in, no re-entry

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