The World Poker Tour is finishing up Season XII this week in Atlantic City but there's something new coming and it's happening in Las Vegas this summer.
*drum roll preceding the announcement*
The Aria poker room will host partypoker presents: WPT500 at Aria Resort & Casino from July 1-6. The new format waiting to be experienced by poker players of all bankroll levels is a No Limit Hold'em $565 buy-in tournament with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool — the winner is guaranteed at least $200,000!
"We are extremely excited to announce partypoker presents: WPT500 at Aria Resort & Casino, WPT's newest tournament format," said WPT President Adam Pliska. "It's nice to be back in Las Vegas, hosting our first event at ARIA and partnering again with partypoker to bring poker players to this special $500 + $65 buy-in event."
With five Day 1s offered from July 1-5, the WPT 500 event is expected to draw quite a crowd. Those making it through to Day 2 will return on July 6 to play down to a winner of the inaugural event. Day 1 flights will find cards in the air at 12 p.m. and one re-entry allowed each day. Registration will remain open, daily, until 4:30 p.m. Players playing more than one Day 1 will take their biggest chip stack into Day 2's field.
If you want a seat on the cheap, there are a variety of ways to get one. If you live in Las Vegas, you can qualify at Aria through live satellites...look for at least 100 seats to be given away. If you live in the rest of the world, the WPT figures there will be hundreds of online quaifiers coming in from the bwin.party network of online poker sites, like: partypoker, bwin.de, and ClubWPT.com. Online players are expected to be able to play for packages that include their tournament buy-in, hotel accommodation, and travel expenses, or take the option of seat-only prizes that would pay the tournament buy-in.
Players who make it to Day 4 of the WPT Championship are going to win a free seat into the WPT500 event at Aria also.
"We expect more online qualifiers to participate in this event than any other poker tournament in Las Vegas this summer," said Global Poker Director for partypoker Jeffrey Haas. "The dream of massive tournaments with accessible buy-ins remains alive, and they will come from all over the world to compete for the $200K first prize. Of course they will enjoy their time staying at ARIA — one of the biggest poker hotspots on The Strip."