The World Poker Tour is one of the biggest poker events tournaments in the world. Players can qualify for a WPT event via qualifying tournaments at online poker rooms or if they have the necessary funds, they can buy in directly
If the World Series of Poker is acknowledged for introducing world championship poker, the World Poker Tour can be credited for revolutionizing the game through live tournaments. The WPT is not only a source of entertainment but is also educational especially for novice players. The best website to win a seat on the WPT is Party Poker. They have actually bought the rights to promote the WPT on their website, and qualifying tournaments for upcoming World Poker Tour events are running all day there.
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The elimination rounds of the WPT are held every year from May to April of the following year, leading to the world championship poker event at the Bellagio / Las Vegas in May, 2011. 16 qualifying tournaments are held at various locations all over the world. The winners of those tournaments then are eligible to play the main event.
Apart from qualifying there is another way of obtaining a ticket for the WPT Final Event. The Bellagio Casino holds a series of (live) satellite tournaments prior to the main event, where winners are awarded a prepaid entry. Or, of course, a player can pay the bui-in of $25000 right away...
The final table of the World Poker Tour championship will bew broadcasted live from the poker room of the Bellagio, and spectators are also allowed at the event. In 2006, the prize pool amounted to more than $12 million, and the winner received more than $4 million.